The first swimming finals of the Panamerican Games in Cali, Colombia, took place on Friday, August 6, and - as expected - the United States and Canada mode off with the majority of the medals.
The first swimming finals of the Panamerican Games in Cali, Colombia, took place on Friday, August 6, and - as expected - the United States and Canada mode off with the majority of the medals. In two categories - breaststroke and backstroke - the U.S. swimmers Mark Chatfield and Melvin Nash broke the previous Panamerican records.
Chatfield covered the 100-metre breaststroke in 1 min 6.75 secs - compared to the former record of 1 min 7.5 held by Brazil's Jose Fiolo who came third in this year's event. Second was Brian Job - also of the USA.
Nash completed the 100-metre backstroke in 59.8 secs - to break the previous 1 min 01.2 secs. Second and third places went to Bill Kennedy (Canada) and Jose Santibanez (Mexico).
SYNOPSIS: The start of the finals of the one-hundred-metre men's breaststroke in the Pan-american Games in Cali, Colombia, on Friday August 6. This was the first day of swimming finals at the Games and - as expected - the majority of medals in the swimming events went to the United States and Canada. The one-minute seven-point-five second record was held by Brazil's Jose Fiolo - here swimming in the third lane.
But the Brazilian's pace was slower this year and he came third to Mark Chatfield of the USA - who swept to victory in a record-breaking one minute and six point seven-five seconds. In second place was Brian Job, also of the USA.
The backstroke too saw the breaking of another Panamerican record. Previous time in this event was one minute and 1.2 seconds. The man to watch was the United States swimmer Melvin Nash in the fifth lane.
Nash's record-breaking time was fifty-nine-point-eight seconds. Second was Bill Kennedy of Canada -- third was Jose Santibanez of Mexico.