Olympic silver medallist Caterine Ibarguen dominated the women’s triple jump final at the Pan American Games on Tuesday, while hosts Canada claimed four track-and-field golds.
Ibarguen, 31, will head to the 2015 World Championships in Beijing in August as the defending champ, and an in-form one too after registering a leap of 15.08 metres in Toronto.
Next best was Brazil’s Keila Costa (14.50m), while Ibarguen’s fellow Colombian Yosiry Urrutia leapt to a season-best 14.38m to earn her bronze.
Ibarguen successfully defended her Pan Am Games win from Mexico in 2011, when she won with 14.92m – although she had more wind assistance on Tuesday than four years back, meaning her 15.08m mark will not count as a Games record.
The locals claimed gold in almost half the medal events at CIBC Athletics Stadium, with Elizabeth Gleadle (women’s javelin), Shawnacy Barber (men’s pole vault), Matt Hughes (men’s 3000m steeplechase), and Mohammed Ahmed (men’s 10,000m) all topping the podium.
Juliana Gomes dos Santos completed a stunning comeback, winning Games gold eight years after her first.
The 1500m winner at the 2007 Rio Games turned back the clock, winning the women’s 5000m final in a personal-best 15 minutes, 45.97 seconds.
O’Dayne Richards, a Commonwealth Games gold medallist in Glasgow 2014, claimed the men’s shot put final (21.69m), while Venezuela’s Rosa Rodriguez (71.61m) reigned in the women’s hammer throw.
American Queen Harrison won the tally-leading nation’s only gold of the day on the track, clocking a Games-record 12.52secs to win claim the women’s 100m hurdles final.
United States continue to top the medal tally with 69 gold, 59 silver and 55 bronze for a total of 183 medals, while Canada are second (59, 53, 48) with 160 – and Brazil (32, 32, 46) are the other country with over 100 medals at 110.