PAN AMERICAN GAMES : The Day in Review



The Americans continue to dominate this sport, with Darrell Pace of Hamilton, Ohio, leading after the semifinal round of competition. Ed Eliason of Stansbury Park, Utah, was second and 1988 Olympic gold medalist Jay Barrs of Mesa, Ariz., was third.

For the U.S. women, 1988 Olympic bronze medalist Denise Parker of South Jordan, Utah, was leading after the semifinal round and Jennifer O’Donnell of Farmington Hills, Mich., was in third. Elvidia Bueno of Cuba was in second.


Julie Gardner of Huntington Beach has the lead in individual competition through six games. Gardner has 1,268 pins and leads Edda Piccini of Mexico, who has 1,222. Mari Ortiz of Puerto Rico is third. Gardner, 23, of Edison High, was the 1990 national amateur champion.


In men’s individual competition, Jon Juneua of Baton Rouge, La., maintains the lead with 1,351 pins. Raymond Vervynck of Canada is second with 1,294, followed by Luis Derfaty of Venezuela.


The third U.S.-Cuba matchup turned into the third American loss. Samson Pouha dropped a 15-7 decision to reigning world champion Roberto Balado. Pouha, who has lost 15 of the 230 pounds after he arrived in Cuba, rocked Balado with left hooks in the first round and appeared to be on the verge of dominating the fight.

The other American, Denard Trapp, was stopped with 15 seconds to go by two-time Pan Am gold medalist Orestes Solano. The two Cuban victories made it three in two days over U.S. opponents. Cuban fighters have won all five of their fights so far and four have stopped their opponents within the distance.


The United State was in second place after the quarterfinal round of men’s team pursuit. The team, made up of James Carney of Annandale, N.J., Jim Pollak of St. Louis, Tim Quigley of Macungie, N.J., and Matt Hamon of Colorado Springs, finished almost four seconds behind the first place Cubans.


The Americans won the gold medal in the team competition in the show jumping event, and the gold and bronze medals in the individual competition.

Rich Fellers of Wilsonville, Ore., placed first on El Mirasol, scoring 81.20 points. V. Alves of Brazil was second on Zurkis at 83.48 followed by Debbie Shaffner of Ambler, Pa., who scored 85.89 points on Poor Richard, 85.89.

The American team placed first at 8.25, followed by Brazil at 10.84 and Canada at 16.02.


The United States surprised Cuba to win the gold in women’s team foil. Argentina was third. The American gold medalists were Caitlin Bilodeaux, who lives in Montreal; Jane Hall of Cambridge, Mass.; Ann Marsh of Royal Oak, Mich.; Sharon Monplaisir of New York, and Molly Sullivan of North Andover, Mass.

Field Hockey

The U.S. men tied Argentina, 1-1, getting its only goal on a penalty corner by Drew Stone of Weatogue, Conn. Then Canada shut out Venezuela, 9-0, and Barbados beat Jamaica, 5-1. Chile stopped Trinidad, 3-1.


Joe Wanger of San Jose won the gold in 86-kilogram class. Jose Veras of the Dominican Republic finished second. Jason Morris of Scotia, N.Y., was first in the 78-kilogram. Armando Maldonado of Cuba won the silver medal.

In women’s competition, Lynn Roethke of Fond du Lac, Wis., won the silver in the 61-kilogram class as Illiana Beltran of Cuba won the gold. Odalis Reve of Cuba won the 66-kilogram class.


Don Nygord of La Crescenta set a Pan Am record in winning the center-fire pistol with 582 points. He surged past teammate Ed Suarez on the final round, as did Darius Young, an American living in Canada who got the silver.

Elizabeth Callahan of Upper Marlboro, Md., won a silver medal in air pistol, then combined with Connie Petracek of Nashville, Tenn., and Susy Miller of Loxhatchee, Fla., to take the gold in team air pistol. Sharon Cozzarin of Canada won the gold in the individual air pistol.


The United States qualified for the semifinals with a 2-1 victory over Honduras, which also advanced. The Americans will play Cuba and Honduras will play Mexico on Sunday. Steve Snow and Yuri Allnut scored for the United States, which is 3-0 in the tournament.

Surinam handed Canada its second consecutive loss, 3-1.


Chuck Seymour of Ocean Springs, Miss., no-hit Aruba for a 5-0 victory. It was the second no-hitter for the men’s team--the U.S. women have four.

Canada’s men remained unbeaten with their seventh successive victory, an 8-0 win over Argentina. Darren Zack (3-0) threw a one-hitter and Dale Dirks homered.

Cuba’s men beat Panama, 11-0, and the Netherlands Antilles was a 6-4 winner over Mexico. The Dominican Republic defeated the Bahamas 6-3.

Debbie Doom, who had two perfect games this week, threw a three-hitter as the U.S. women beat Cuba, 6-0. She still has an ERA of 0.00.

Table Tennis

In the first round of individual play, all the Americans won. Sean O’Neill, McLean, Va.; Jim Butler, Iowa City, Iowa; and Dhiren Narotam, Ames, Iowa, were men’s winners. O’Neill and Narotam also won in the second round.

Among the women, Li Ai of Colorado Springs, Colo., won two matches and Insook Bhushan, Aurora, Colo., won once.

Team Handball

The United States was upset by Canada, 26-19, and did not qualify for the gold medal game--and thus will not be at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. The Americans (2-2) play Canada again for the bronze medal.

Cuba edged Brazil, 22-20, and wound up 4-0 in round-robin play. Cuba will play Brazil again in the gold medal game.


Pam Shriver of Lutherville, Md., continued her dominance of women’s singles with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Isabel Petrov of Mexico.

Shriver also combined with Donna Faber of Hilton Head, S.C., to beat Petrov and Aranzazu Gallardo, 6-0, 6-1.

David Dilucia of Norristown, Pa., beat Nelson Aerts of Brazil, 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (1-7), 6-3.


In the 110-kilogram class, Ernesto Montoya of Cuba won three gold medals, and Richard Schultz of Mount Prospect, Ill., took three silvers.

The Cubans then finished their big run--they won 29 of 30 gold medals--as Ernesto Aguero took the 110-and-up kilogram class snatch, clean and jerk and overall titles. Jeff Michels, Chicago, was second and Mario Martinez, San Francisco, came in third in snatch, then reversed spots in the other two categories.