Mexico’s Lizeth Rueda Santos took gold at the Pan Am Games triathlon today ahead of Columbia’s Maria Velasquez Soto and countrywoman Rosa Tapia Viadal. Canadian’s Dominika Jamnicky finished fifth, a spot ahead of countrywoman Emy Legault, while Erika Ackerland was the top American with her seventh-place finish.
Santos and Brazil’s Vitoria Lopes were first out of the water, but a lead group of 13 riders quickly formed on the bike. Jamnicky was able to bridge up to the group after trailing out of the water by over a minute, becoming part of a 16-woman group that hit T2 together.
There was no touching Rueda Santos, who pushed the pace and spread the field out as she pulled clear on the run for a clear victory.
“I have had a phenomenal year,” said Jamnicky. “I couldn’t be happier with the results that I have put out. Graduating from chiropractic school was a four-year triumph and celebration, and now I just look forward to focusing on Paris next year and not only qualifying Canada a berth, but also a spot for myself. This is just the beginning.”
“I tried to give it a go and run for the medals, but after a lap I realized it was just too fast for me so I tried to hold on as much as I could,” said Legault.“When Domi joined me, we ran the middle 5K together which was good – we pushed each other. On that last lap, I exploded a little bit. Sixth place, at my first Pan Am Games, I’m happy!”
- Lizeth Rueda Santos (MEX), 1:57:07
- Maria Carolina Velasquez Soto (COL), 1:57:28
- Rosa Maria Tapia Vidal (MEX), 1:57:52
- Erica Hawley (BER), 1:58:18
- Dominka Jamnicky (CAN), 1:58:33
- Emy Legault (CAN), 1:58:53
- Erika Ackerlund (USA). 1:58:58
Canadian Desirae Ridenour dropped out of the race on the second lap of the bike. American Gina Sereno finished 12th.
You can find full results here.