Team USA Scores Medals Across Sports on Day 4 of Parapan Games
Team USA continued its successful run at the Parapan American Games on Tuesday, earning gold medals in archery, athletics and swimming. The team also advanced in several team events during day 4 of competition.
In archery, the mixed team compound and recurve open squads captured gold after defeating Brazil and Ecuador in their respective medal matches.
On the track, Evan Correll struck gold in the men’s 5000m T54 event while teammates Miguel-Angel Jimenez-Vergara and Phillip Croft took silver and bronze. Additional first-place finishes came from Leo Merle VI (men’s 1500m), Hannah Dederick (women’s 400m) and Ryan Medrano (men’s 400m).
The swimming program picked up hardware as William Rankine and Evan Wilkerson finished second and third in the men’s 100m breaststroke SB12 behind Colombia’s Daniel Giraldo.
In shooting, Kevin Nguyen’s bronze medal performance highlighted day 4 as he placed third in the R6 mixed 50m rifle prone SH1. “Always aiming for gold, but a bronze medal is a bronze medal,” he remarked.
The U.S. wheelchair basketball squads rolled in their contests, with the women blowing out Argentina 87-26. Goalball and wheelchair tennis wins advanced those teams deeper into their draws.
Competition continues Wednesday with medal events in archery, swimming and athletics, plus goalball quarters, wheelchair basketball playoffs and a wheelchair rugby contest versus Colombia.