Even if Felix Dolci fell off the final apparatus on Monday, there was no chance he would fall off the medal podium.
Canada’s rhythmic gymnastics star built a comfortable lead on the horizontal bar in the men’s individual all-around to hold off Brazil’s Diogo Soares and win Canada’s 10th gold medal at the Pan Am Games in Santiago, Chile. did.
The 21-year-old from Laval, Kenya, scored 14 or above on four of the six pieces of equipment for a total of 82.531 points, closely followed by silver medalist Soares with 81.865 points. Donnell Wittenberg of the United States won the bronze medal (81.764 points).
Dolch reached the final in seventh place, becoming the first Canadian to win a Pan Am individual all-around gold medal in men’s gymnastics since Wilhelm Weiler in 1963.
Laval’s William Emard placed 16th out of 24 competitors.
Earlier this month, Dolci and Emaar helped Canada end a 15-year drought and qualify the men’s team for next summer’s Paris Olympics.
Watch | Dolci won the individual gold medal after winning the team silver medal in Chile.
“I look forward to a fruitful year.”
On Saturday, Rene Cournoyer, Zachary Clay, Jason Rampersad, Dolci and Emar took home the team silver medal behind the United States.
“I expect 2023 to be a year of success in every international competition I attempt,” Dolci told International Gymnast Online in January. “The best way to achieve such a goal is to stay healthy and continue moving in the same direction as we have been.”  world.
“I’m ready to work like I’ve never worked before to get to a place I’ve never been before in my career.”
Dolci made an impact at the Commonwealth Games 14 months ago, winning silver medals in the team events and floor exercise, and finishing fourth in the individual all-around.
A year ago, he took home silver and bronze medals on vault in the team, individual all-around and floor at the 2021 Pan Am Championships.
In 2018, she represented Canada at the Youth Olympic Games held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she became the first Canadian to win a gymnastics medal (silver medal in rings).
The following year, Dolci became the most decorated athlete in Canadian Games history in 2018, winning 11 medals in two starts.
On Monday, Canada won two golds, three silvers and two bronzes, bringing the total medal count in the five-day competition to 15 (six golds, four silvers and five bronzes) over three days.
McNeil’s Golden Hat Trick
As expected, Canada continues to dominate the women’s pool.
It’s a golden hat trick for 2020 Olympic three-medalist Maggie McNeil of London, Ont. She won the women’s 100m freestyle in 53.64 seconds, breaking her record for the second time in two days at the Games.
“I’m really happy. It was a great time and before it even started.” [the relay leadoff leg at] I will be competing in the World Championships this summer,” said the 23-year-old product of the London Aquatic Club.
WATCH | Mac Neal wins 100m freestyle, sets second Pan Am record in Santiago:
After helping Canada’s women’s relay win in the 4×100 free on Saturday, Mac Neal also scored a 56.94 in the 100 butterfly on Monday.
“It’s really good to be able to come back after a break and run faster than that. I never expected to set a record in the 100 free at a meet. It’s my first time swimming internationally[in an individual event]so I’m very happy.”[theindividualevent)internationallysoI’msuperhappywiththat”[theindividualevent)internationallysoI’msuperhappywiththat”
In Monday’s race, Brazil’s Stephanie Balduccini won the silver medal in 54.13 seconds, and America’s Katie DeRoof (54.50 seconds) won the bronze medal. Mary-Sophie Harvey of Trois-Rivières, Kenya, posted a winning time of 1:58.08 in Sunday’s 200 free, placing fourth (54.64).
In the women’s 200-meter breaststroke on Monday, Halifax’s Sydney Pickrem and Winnipeg’s Kelsey Wogue had a one-two finish in 2:23.39 and 2:23.49.
“I’m really grateful to be in this position and I want to do my best for Canada and I’m happy to get the win,” said Pickrem, 26.
Pickrem just won the 200m individual medley at the World Aquatics World Cup in Athens eight days ago. In July, the 26-year-old withdrew from the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan due to personal reasons.
Two years ago, Pickrem won a bronze medal on the women’s 4×100 medley relay team at the Tokyo Olympics.
WATCH | Pickrem, Wogue place 1-2 in women’s 200m breaststroke: