Canada’s Jean-Simon Desgagnés raced to gold in 8:30.14 within the males’s 3,000m steeplechase regardless of falling as he tackled the final water leap on the Pan Am Video games in Santiago, Chile on Saturday. Desgagnés blasted forward of his closest contenders, American athlete Daniel Michalski, who completed greater than six seconds behind in 8:36.47, adopted by bronze medallist Carlos San Martin of Colombia in 8:41.59.
Quebec’s Desgagnés was additionally the 2017 U20 Pan Am Video games champion, and has had a unbelievable season. He ran a PB and a brand new report for Quebec within the males’s 3,000-metre steeplechase in 8:17.40 seconds, on the Gyulai Istvén Memorial in Székesfehérvár, Hungary, his third PB of the season after working 13:37.67 within the 5,000 in March and the 1,500 in 3:38.50 in June.
“Going away with a medal in my first multi-sport Video games is unimaginable,” a thrilled Desgagnés advised Athletics Canada. “I had just a little technical issue within the final 400 metres, however I saved elevating myself again up and bought away with a gold medal.”
Heading into the race, Desgagnés made no secret of his intention to attempt for the win. “The objective when coming into the race was a victory,” he famous. I might have consoled myself with a podium, however the major goal was to win,” he advised media post-race. “To do it in such a convincing means reveals that I’m dominant on the worldwide scene.”
Desgagnés was a full-time scholar this yr, finishing a grasp’s diploma in immunology and renal transplantation at Laval.
Tokyo 202o Olympian, B.C.’s Alycia Butterworth additionally raced to a medal within the girls’s 3000m steeple on Saturday, claiming silver in 9:40.86. Butterworth completed lower than one and a half seconds behind Argentina’s Belen Casetta. “Within the closing stretch, I used to be completely happy I might battle again from third to complete seconds,” Butterworth mentioned. “Santiago did an superior job internet hosting.
Canadian monitor and discipline athletes carried out exceptionally properly this yr’s Pan Am Video games, taking 9 medals in monitor and discipline occasions, together with 4 gold, three silver and two bronze. For full outcomes, head right here.