LIMA, PERU – Day 15 saw the end of swimming and fencing at Lima 2019. Bailey Andison’s bronze in the women’s 200m individual medley and silver in the women’s 4x100m relay contributed to the 15 total swimming medals won at Games. The men’s sabre team fell short in their gold medal match for the ninth and final fencing medal – a Canadian Pan American Games record. The road to Tokyo 2020 hit a bump for the men’s field hockey and water polo teams as they settled for silver. The men’s field hockey team will have another shot at earning an Olympic berth in the fall, while the men’s water polo team have their next opportunity in March 2020.

TEAM CANADA’S MEDAL COUNT: 

GOLD: 33 | SILVER : 64 | BRONZE: 51 | TOTAL: 148

RESULTS: Team Canada’s competition results at Lima 2019.

SCHEDULE: Team Canada’s competition schedule at Lima 2019.

DAY 15 HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The men’s and women’s water polo teams finish their Pan Am campaign with silver medals. The women’s team are coming away with a Tokyo 2020 quota spot while the men’s team will have another opportunity to secure an Olympic berth at their Olympic Qualifier in March;
  • Fencing wins its 9th medal today, a Canadian Pan Am record for the sport in after the Men’s Sabre Team wins silver medal in close bout with USA;
  • Marco Arop wins gold in the men’s 800m and breaks the Pan Am record and sets personal best with a time of 1:44.25;
  • Geneviève Lalonde wins gold in the women’s 3000m steeplechase and sets a Pan Am record of 9:41.45;
  • Daniel Gaysinski wins karate silver in Pan American Games debut.

DAY 15 QUOTES OF THE DAY:

Milan RADENOVIC (Silver Medalist and Goalkeeper: Men’s Water Polo) on key takeaways from their loss against the US:

“We had some good games like [our game against] Brazil and some of the earlier games we played pretty well, solid and showed what we can do. Overall we’ve shown that we can do a lot of this really good quality water polo. We just have to pull it out under pressure and when it matters and things aren’t going 100% but you need to make it 100%.”

Kathryn CAMPBELL (Silver Medalist: Karate – Women’s 55kg) on winning her second consecutive silver medal at the Panam Games after doing the same at TORONTO 2015: 

“I put a lot of work into my preparation for this event, but things went a little bit off the rails in the final. A gold medal is what I was gunning for, but we are all working so hard to get to the Olympics that we need to keep in perspective how much work went into being here at Pan Ams. I know all these competitors so well since we’ve literally grown up together and it’s always such a privilege to go onto the mat with them. Overall I’m very happy to have another silver medal and it will be nice to go home and celebrate with my friends and family.”

Daniel GAYSINSKY (Silver Medalist: Karate – Men’s +84kg) on winning silver in his Panam Games debut after missing out on TORONTO 2015 due to a torn knee ligament suffered just prior to competition:

“This was a long time coming for me for sure, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish things the way I really wanted to. I felt great today after finishing first in the round robin, the semi-finals went really well and then I made a tactical error in the finals. I’m just happy and proud to represent Canada and next time it’s going to be a gold medal.”

Scott TUPPER (Canada’s Lima 2019 Opening Ceremony Flag Bearer / Team Captain and Silver Medalist: Men’s Field Hockey) on taking silver:

“It’s obviously disappointing. We started off well and the second quarter was not our best. We wanted to try and limit their corners if we could. They got a few in that second quarter. We wanted to try and get longer patches of possession as much as possible. We did get some periods where we did, but there were other times where we felt we just got dictated too much. It’s a team with quality up front. That’s not a good thing for us.”

Scott TUPPER (Canada’s Lima 2019 Opening Ceremony Flag Bearer / Team Captain and Silver Medalist: Men’s Field Hockey) on what’s next for the Canadian team:

“We will take some time off and then we will see how all the [Olympic] qualifier match-ups will start to shake out. Then we will start training again. We look forward to put in a good performance in a head-to-head qualifier.”

Scott TUPPER (Canada’s Lima 2019 Opening Ceremony Flag Bearer / Team Captain and Silver Medalist: Men’s Field Hockey) on the main lesson from Lima 2019:

“Right now, we are good enough to beat the teams that are a little bit behind us. But the bigger teams, like Argentina, are just a step or two ahead of us. We need to find a way to close that gap and we need to do that soon in the next couple of months. We will learn from it and see what we can do and be ready come October.”

Mohab EL NAHAS (Bronze Medalist: Judo – Men’s 90kg) on his journey to bronze:

“It was really intense, I started very slow and very weak. I got really sick couple days ago when we arrived here. But I took the chance and I felt a lot stronger [in my bronze medal, and I’m really happy that my training is finally paying off. It is my first Pan Am Games and my first Pan Ams medal and I feel amazing I feel on top of the world, to be honest, I’m really happy. This especially this match meant a lot to me. So I’m really happy right now.”

Kaleigh Rafter (Silver Medalist: Women’s Softball) on their match against USA:

“They came out kind of pumped out there to begin with. But we did a really good job fighting back we just couldn’t make enough plays at the end. A few close calls didn’t really go our way. But we battled the whole game. I thought we battled all tournament and it came down to one or two plays that they made and we didn’t”

Sara GROENEWEGEN (Silver Medalist: Women’s Softball) on the game:

“Obviously the USA is a good team. The game was 1-1 until the sixth inning so I do not think it was a poor game. They just capitalized on our mistakes.I don’t think the errors hurt us until the sixth inning. This loss hurt a little bit because we were in it for so long. A lot of teams can’t play seven innings against the USA. It will be hard when you look back at it.”

Luke RAMSAY (Silver Medalist: Sailing – Sunfish) on his silver medal:

“While I’m happy with how I sailed to win the silver medal, what made this regatta awesome was re-joining the Canadian Team for one more event. The team is full of young sailors on their way to future success; they are talented & hardworking and I feel extremely privileged to be part of this years team. A huge congratulations to Sarah for taking home the Gold and Alex & Justin with locking up bronze and an Olympic spot.”

Geneviève LALONDE (Gold Medalist: Women’s 3000m Steeplechase) on breaking the Pan Am record:

“It’s pretty cool. I raced in the race where [USA’s Ashley Higgison] got it last time and I came third, but she had an amazing career and it was so great to be able to follow in her footsteps today, and bring back that Pan Am Games record home for Canada.”

Marco AROP (Gold Medallist: Athletics – Men’s 800m) on winning gold:

“I’m on top of the world right now. It can’t get better than this.”

Marco AROP (Gold Medallist: Athletics – Men’s 800m) on setting a personal best and a Pan American Games record:

“I don’t know what to think of that. Times were the last thing on my mind. I was just hoping to win a medal for Canada. To have a PR and PAG record is just extra. That’s just a bonus right there.”

RESOURCES:

ALL QUOTES: Team Canada’s flash quotes at Lima 2019. (live updates)

PHOTOS: Submit a request for editorial photos at images.olympic.ca.

LIMA BY THE NUMBERS: Statistics on select sports at Lima 2019.

VISIT: Olympic.ca/press-resources/ for other information.

FOLLOW: @TeamCanadaPR for live medal alerts.

TOKYO 2020: Olympic qualification for Tokyo 2020 at Lima 2019.

TEAM CANADA TRIVIA:

Q. At the 2015 Pan Am Games  Canada had its largest delegation at any international multi-sport event. How many athletes were part of this record number?

A. 715 athletes

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