Ryan Cochrane, Emily Overholt win Pan Am swim gold

Ryan Cochrane, Emily Overholt win Pan Am swim gold

Ryan Cochrane & Emily Overholt added two more swimming gold medals for Canada on Friday night, each winning the 400-metre freestyle at the Pan Am Games.

Disqualified a night earlier after an apparent gold-medal victory, Overholt recovered to win the women's 400 free.

The 17-year-old won from lane eight in a Pan Am-record time 4:08.42 a day after losing her gold medal in the women's 400m individual medley. She was disqualified for a non-simultaneous touch in that race.

Overholt outdueled Venezuela's Andreina Pinto in a very close finish, beating her to the wall buy a mere 0.25 of a second to earn her third medal of the Games. 

Overholt struggled in the morning, barely qualifying for the final in the eighth position, yet stormed out at the beginning in the final, leading from wire to wire.

"It was unquestionably an emotional 24 hours, yet I'm just so pleased & so relieved to be able to obtain the gold medal after what happened last night," Overholt said. 

"It was unquestionably a tough race this morning. It didn't go how I wanted. I'm pleased I received a lane. I wanted to obtain the gold so I went for it right from the beginning & just tried to hold on."

Gilian Ryan of the U.S. won the bronze.

Cochrane swims away with gold 

Two-time Olympic medallist Cochrane, the Canadian swim team's biggest star, dominated the men's 400m free, winning in a Pan Am-record time of 3:48.29. 

– VIDEO: Cochrane sets Pan Am record, winning gold 


The 26-year-old led the race the entire way, holding off American Ryan Feeley, who took home the silver medal. 

"I was shaking this morning. I was shaking tonight," Cochrane said. "It wasn't the hardest final to make this morning, yet I was still just as nervous & just as excited.

"I've never experienced anything like this period. I don't know if Canadians are a bit more rowdy, yet it's been something I'll be telling my kids approximately in 20 years."

Brazil's Leonardo De Deus received the bronze medal. 

Nicol, Funk win bronze 

Rachel Nicol & Richard Funk each won a bronze medal in their respective 100-metre breaststroke finals.

Nicol, 22, finished behind Katie Meili, who won the gold for the U.S., & Brazil's Alia Atkinson, who won silver, in the women's race.

It was the first major competition of Nicol's career. 

Funk, moreover 22, added his second medal of the Games in the men's event. Brazil's Felipe Franca Da Silva and Felipe Lima won the gold & silver, respectively. 

With Files from The Canadian Press 

Source: “CBC”

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