Argentina’s Golden Day at Pan Am Games
Day one of rowing finals at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guzman, Mexico arrived with warm and sunny weather conditions with a slight following wind. At the end of the day, Argentina had proved that they could dominate the medal podium. Argentina finished the day with three outstanding gold medal victories; the women’s pair, men's double sculls and men's four.
The Argentinean women’s pair of Maria Abalo and Gabriela Best was the first victorious crew from Argentina. After a blistering start, Abalo and Best overcame late challenges from the United States (Megan Smith and Monica George) and the Canadian women’s pair of Sarah Bonikowski and Sandra Kisil. Abalo and Best finished in a time of 7:24.57, nearly five seconds faster than the Americans in second. The women’s double sculls final started in cloudy, yet fast conditions with a field of six finalists – all of whom were desperate to bring their nation into the Pan American Games spotlight. After a fight to the end, victory finally came to the accomplished Cuban double of Yariulvis Cobas and Aimee Hernandez in a time of 7:13.76 – just ahead of the United States (7:14.34) and Canada (7:16.29).
In an outstanding result in the men's double sculls, the Argentinean ‘juggernaut’ continued to roll over its opposition. Ariel Suarez and Cristian Rosso comprehensively outsprinted Cuba in a time of 6:26.55. The Cubans time of 6:32.54 gave them second ahead of Venezuela (6:36.81).
The final event of the day, the men's four was much anticipated by the vocal and enthusiastic crowd from Guzman. A Mexican victory was not to be. The Argentinean four of Rodrigo Murillo, Sebastian Fernandez, Agustin Silvestro and stroke Jaoquin Iwan, leapt to lead early from Canada, the United States, Mexico, Cuba and Brazil. In the final sprint to the line, Argentina, in a time of 6:04.41, were victorious over Canada (6:05.65) and Cuba (6:06.51).
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Report thanks to: Matt Draper