Chile chasing Pan Am Games soccer golden double

Chile chasing Pan Am Games soccer golden double

Chile celebrated a double victory at the Pan American Games in Santiago on Wednesday. Martina Weil won the women’s 400-meter gold, while the men’s soccer team secured a 1-0 win against the United States. This mirrored the previous night’s success, where Santiago Adolfo Ford won decathlon gold and the women’s soccer team advanced to the gold medal final, also defeating the United States. The consecutive wins at the Estadio Nacional, the venue for the 1962 World Cup final, were significant achievements. However, it is the opportunity for soccer gold that truly excites Chileans.

The Chilean men’s team has never won Pan Am Games gold and has only reached the final once before, in 1987, losing to Brazil. The women’s team has never made it to the semi-finals. Cesar Perez’s goal in the 57th minute secured the hosts’ place in the final, as the Americans failed to register a shot on target throughout the match. Chile’s victory sets up a rematch of the 1987 final against Brazil, who advanced with a 1-0 win over Mexico. The Chilean women will face Mexico for the gold medal.

These victories have sparked excitement in Chile, as the country dreams of a golden finish to the Games. This achievement would help alleviate the disappointment of being excluded from FIFA’s plans to host 2030 World Cup matches. Chile had submitted a joint bid with Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay to host the opening games in 2030. However, only the other three countries were granted matches. Spain, Portugal, and Morocco will be the main hosts of the tournament, with the South American countries hosting one game each.

Martina Weil, who was coached by her mother, a bronze medalist in the 400m at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, won the women’s 400m with a time of 51.48 seconds. Brazil’s Lucas Conceicao won the men’s 400m, and Deanna Price from the United States won the women’s hammer throw, adding Pan Am gold to her 2019 world champion title. Costa Rica’s Andrea Vargas successfully defended her 2019 Pan Am title in the 100m hurdles, while Brazil’s Eduardo Rodrigues won the men’s event.

In equestrian team jumping, led by double Olympic champion McLain Ward, the United States won the gold medal, followed by Canada and Brazil. With this victory, the Americans secured their spot in the Paris Olympics, along with Canada and Mexico. Brazil, as the bronze medalist, had already qualified for a Paris quota spot. In fencing, Andrew Doddo from the United States won the men’s sabre, and Clara Isabel Di Tella from Argentina won the women’s epee. The women’s squash singles final was an all-American showdown, with Olivia Fiechter taking the top spot over Amanda Sobhy. In the men’s singles, Peru’s Diego Elias defeated Colombia’s Miguel Angel Rodriguez 3-1.

The United States dominated the wrestling mat, winning all four freestyle gold medals. Tyler Berger won the men’s 74kg, Zane Richards won the men’s 57kg, Mason Parris won the men’s 125kg, and Kyle Snyder won the men’s 97kg. With the help of the wrestlers, the United States increased their gold medal count to 84 and their total medal count to 191. Brazil is currently in second place with 40 gold medals and 136 total medals, followed by Canada with 35 gold medals and 116 total medals.

In conclusion, Chile’s success at the Pan American Games has brought joy to the country. The consecutive victories in athletics and soccer have been significant achievements. The opportunity for soccer gold is particularly exciting for Chileans. These victories have provided a sense of pride and accomplishment, especially considering the disappointment of being excluded from hosting 2030 World Cup matches. The performances of athletes from various countries, including the United States, Brazil, and Argentina, have also been noteworthy.

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