Olympic champion Snyder contributes to American golden hat-trick in Lima 2019 wrestling

Featured Olympic champion Snyder contributes to American golden hat-trick in Lima 2019 wrestling

Reigning Olympic champion Kyle Snyder was one of three American gold medallists in the wrestling competition here at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games.

Snyder won in the men's under-97kg final at Villa Deportiva Regional del Callao, defeating Venezuela's Jose Diaz 9-3.

They were joined by Dominican Republic's Luis Miguel Perez and Reineris Salas of Cuba, who both finished with bronze. 

More American success came in the men's under-74kg, with London 2012 Olympic gold medallist and four-time world champion Jordan Burroughs beating Puerto Rico’s Franklin Gomez 4-1. 

Canada's Jevon Balfour and Cuba's Geandry Garzon were the bronze medallists. 

The men’s 125kg final was then won by the US’ Nicholas Gwiadzdowski, who thrashed Oscar Pino of Cuba 10-0. 

Canada collected another bronze through Korey Jarvis, with Luis Vivenes of Venezuela joining him on the podium.

Cuba managed to triumph in one gold-medal bout, after Yurieksi Torreblanca edged past Venezuela’s Pedro Ceballos 4-3 in the men's under-86kg final. 

James Downey of the US and Colombia's Carlos Izquierdo were in third place. 

The United States defeated Canada to win gold in the women's water polo competition ©Getty Images
The United States defeated Canada to win gold in the women's water polo competition ©Getty Images

America continued to pick up gold medals throughout the day, with the men and women's water polo teams both topping the podium.

The women's side overwhelmed Canada with a 24-4 victory, while the men beat the same opponent 18-6. 

Their victories saw both teams qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 

Brazil claimed the bronze medal in the women's competition with a narrow 8-7 win over Cuba, while their male compatriots also took third place following a 9-6 defeat of Argentina. 

The US and Canada met yet again in the women's softball grand final, with the Americans achieving gold after a 3-1 victory. 

Puerto Rico were consigned to bronze when the US beat them by the same scoreline earlier in the day. 

Elsewhere, bodybuilding made its Pan American Games debut. 

El Salvador were the recipients of two gold medals after William Yuri Rodriguez Gonzalez won the classic bodybuilding event and Carlos Alberto Giraldo Barragan the women's fitness.

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