October 29 – Mexico’s International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board member Mario Vázquez Raña (pictured) has warned the Spanish city Madrid that if they do not triumph in their bid for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, they will find it very difficult to host the event in the future. Raña is undoubtedly the most important and influential figure in South America’s Olympic Movement because, as well as his high-ranking IOC position, he serves as President of both the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) and the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC). The 79-year-old from Mexico City is currently here overseeing the 2011 Pan American Games that are taking place, but has said that Madrid must finally deliver a winning bid in 2020 after two recent failed bids for the event in 2012 and 2016, where they lost out to London and Rio de Janeiro respectively. “If Madrid does not win on this occasion, it will be difficult to win on another,” said Raña, who will not vote on where the 2020 Games are held at the session in Buenos Aires in September 2013, as his IOC membership will cease at the end of next year when he turns 80. “Now is the moment for Madrid to win.” Madrid is one of six bidders for the 2020 Olympics alongside Baku, Doha, Istanbul, Rome and Tokyo.
Jeremy Scott (Norfolk, Neb.), runner-up at the 2011 USA Outdoor Championships, kept Team USA’s streak alive of earning at least one medal in the pole vault at every Pan American Games by soaring 5.60m/18-4.5 to earn the silver medal. Scott didn’t attempt a vault until the fourth series at 5.30m/17-4.5, which he cleared on his first try. He cleared 5.40m/17-8.5 and 5.50m/18-0.5 on his second attempts. He made 5.60m on first attempt, passed at 5.65m/18-6.5 and missed three attempts at 5.70m/18-8.25. Cuba’s Lazaro Borges, silver medalist at the 2011 World Championships, set a Pan American Games record in the pole vault at 5.80m/19-0.25.
GUADALAJARA, Mexico – The U.S. women’s field hockey and women’s water polo teams clinched berths in the 2012 Olympics by winning Pan American Games gold medals Friday.
The U.S. upset world champion Argentina 4-2 in field hockey. The water polo team beat Canada 19-18 in a marathon shootout after the teams tied at 8-8 in regulation.
• Jeronimo Amione’s goal in the 75th minute gave Mexico a 1-0 win over Argentina and the men’s soccer gold medal.
• The U.S. men lost to Uruguay 82-80 but still earned the top seed in men’s nbasketball Group B. The Americans play Mexico in the semifinals today.
• Former Arizona Wildcat Nick Mossberg missed all three attempts at his initial height in the men’s pole vault.
ABU DHABI, (SANA) – The Syrian athletics team won seven medals, two silver and five bronze, in the 17th Arab Athletics Championships held in the Emirati city of al-Ain with the participation of 500 athletes from 18 Arab countries.
The silver medals went to Majd Ghazal in the men’s high jump event and Uruba al-Ammo in the women’s 10 kilometers race walk.
The bronze medals went to Hiba al-Omar in the women’s discus throw event, Riham Shiha in the women’s high jump and pole-vaulting events, Mohammad Malla Khalaf in the men’s pole vaulting event, and Hala Ghia in the women’s javelin throw event.