TORONTO, Sporting Alert – Track and field schedule gets into full swing on Tuesday at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. Live streaming of the Pan Am Games will be on ESPN3.com, with television coverage on available on ESPN2.
Tuesday, July 21 Live streaming starts at 9 a.m. (CT) ESPN3, 5 p.m. ESPN3, 6 p.m. ESPN2. The athletics section of the Games got underway over the weekend with the women’s marathon, as well as both disciplines of the 20km Walk.
After a day of break, the track and field action gets into full gear Tuesday with nine finals on the schedule.
Coverage will start at 10:05 with the final of the Women’s Javelin Throw, while the hunt for the Men’s Pole Vault title will begin at 10:15. Competition on the track will get up and running with the final of the Women’s 5000m.
A total of 13 athletes are on the list to start in the women’s 5k, with home favourite Jessica O’Connell of Canada, who is the quickest in the field this year, at 15:06.44, starting as the one to beat.
American Alisha Williams, who has posted 15:19.42 will be looking to break the home town fans’ heart with an upset, while Brenda Flores of Mexico, who improved her 10k time when beating Williams over that distant in May, will be another athlete to look out for in the event. USA’s Kellyn Taylor and Carolina Tabares of Colombia will also be among the top starters.
The Men’s 3000m Steeplechase and 10,000m crowns are also up for grab. Matthew Hughes of Canada, Cory Leslie and Donald Cowart of USA and Colombia’s Gerad Giraldo will be the top contenders to fill up the podium slots.
In the longer race, Canada’s Mohammed Ahmed, Juan Luis Barrios of Mexico, Daniel Chaves Da Silva of Brazil, Americans Shadrack Kipchirchir and Aron Rono and Mexico’s Giovani Dos Santos are expected to make things interesting in the battle for the 25 lap race.
The first round of the men’s and women 100m, the women’s 400m hurdles qualifying round, as well as the women’s 100m heats and final are also on the list of events for on the track coverage.
Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago will start as the overwhelming favourite to land the women’s 100m title, but should be challenged by Jamaica’s 2008 Olympic silver medallist Sheron Simpson, American Barbara Pierre, Ángela Tenorio of Ecuador and Jamaican Schillonie Calvert. But with Baptiste in 10.84 seconds form this season, the 11.02 Pan American record of USA’s Miki Barber could very well be under threat.
World-leader Shamier Little of USA will hope to land her first senior title when she goes in the opening round of the women’s 400m hurdles.
The 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships gold medallist who has a personal and seasonal best time of 53.74 and has two of the top three times in the world this term, will start as the main contender to add the Pan American title to the NCAA and USA Championships crowns she capture this season.
Her compatriot Kori Carter, Ristananna Tracey and Samantha Elliott of Jamaica and Canada’s Sarah-Lynn Wells are expected to race for the minor slots.
USA champion Alysia Montano and Canada’s Melissa Bishop, who have both broken the two-minute barrier this season, as well as Phoebe Wright of USA, are the top contenders for the women’s 800m gold medal.
American Queen Harrison should have things her own way in the Women’s 100m Hurdles, while reigning world champion and London Olympics silver medallist Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia is the front-runner for the women’s Triple Jump title.
Elsewhere, Beijing medal contender O’Dayne Richards of Jamaica will take on a solid field in the men’s Shot Put, while he also hunts the 21.30m Pan Am Games record of Canada’s Dylan Armstrong.