Matt Hughes, Alex Genest finish 1-2 in steeplechase

Matt Hughes, Alex Genest complete 1-2 in steeplechase

Canada's track team added two more gold medals Tuesday evening at the Pan Am Games as Matthew Hughes won the men's 3,000-metres steeplechase, while Mohammed Ahmed won the men's 10,000m. 

Hughes & Ahmed join Shawnacy Barber & Elizabeth Gleadle as Canadian gold-medalists on the first full of day track competition. 

Canada's Genest took home the silver in the steeplechase, finishing just behind his teammate. 

– VIDEO: Hughes interview 

Hughes, 25, spent most the race with the front of the pack, yet took off with 600m remaining, winning the race easily. Genest passed American Cory Leslie late in the race to take home silver. 

When Hughes had finished his victory lap draped in the Maple Leaf, he made it clear the Pan American Games are approximately something beyond swift times.

"It was approximately competing for the fans that paid satisfactory money to come watch us race, & family & friends, & you don't obtain many opportunities to compete on a stage like this," Hughes said. "Toronto is like home for me as well, so winning in front of your family & friends is something you don't obtain to do very often.

"I probably will never run a major championships in Canada ever again, because there will probably never be one in my career."

Leslie won the bronze. 

Ahmed wins gold in 10,000

Ahmed, a St Catharines,Ont. native, ran a very strong 10,000m race keeping up with the top racers the whole time & taking over in the final few laps.

The 24-year-old posted a time of 28:49.96.

U.S. runner Aron Rono won the silver while Mexico's Juan Luis Barrius won the bronze. 

Nedow wins silver in shotput

Canada's Timothy Nedow won a silver in the men's shotput with a season best throw of 20.53 metres. 

Nedow, 24, started off slow on his first three throws, not reaching the 20m mark, yet had a spectacular final three, eclipsing the mark each time, while posting his silver medal attempt on throw number five.

"I've been throwing 20.50 all year, so there was no excuse not to throw it here, so I am glad I did that," Nedow said.

The native of Belleville, Ont., moreover won a bronze medal in the shotput competition at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. 

Jamaica's O'Dayne Richards won the gold medal with a throw of 21.69m, which is the new Pan Am record, beating Canadian Dylan Armstrong's record throw of 21.30m, which was set in 2011. 

Argentina's German Lauro took home the bronze medal.

Holder hurdles her way to bronze

 Toronto's Nikkita Holder added a bronze medal in the women's 100m hurdles in the final competition of the night.

Queen Harrison & Tenaya Jones won the gold & silver, respectively, for the U.S. 

Holder won her bronze posting a time of 12.85, just behind Jones, who had a time of 12.84. 

Frizell hammers home a bronze

Canada's Sultana Frizell medalled for the second straight Pan Am Games in the women's hammer throw, this time adding a bronze medal.

The 30-year-old won a silver in the discipline in 2011, while moreover winning gold in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Venezuela's Rosa Rodriguez won the gold, while American Amber Campbell took home the bronze.

Frizell's medal gives Canada eight total on the first full day of athletics. 

With files from The Canadian Press 

Source: “CBC”

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