Andy and I woke up bright and early to make our way down to York University where the Pan Am Track and Field events were taking place. The events started at 10:00 am sharp, and we made it with time to spare for me to grab a coffee and run a 2 metre dash to the washroom before finding our seats. (I won this event.)
Also time for a few photos ops while heading to the athletic stadium:
Entering the stadium. It was exciting to be so close to the track where the athletes were going to be.
There was a lot going on. Sometimes events were happening at the same time. I didn’t know where to focus because I wanted to see everything. While Canadian Shawn Barber was going for gold with Pole Vault, fellow Canadian Elizabeth Gleadle was going for gold in the javelin. Shawn Barber ended up winning gold in pole vault. I wasn’t close enough to these events to snap quality shots, but I did catch Elizabeth’s victory lap. The excitement of the crowd was palpable. So electric!
What I really enjoyed watching was the 5000m race between the women competitors for the gold. Seeing these athletes circle the track again and again had me on the edge of my seat. Brazilian Juliana Paula Dos Santos kept a cool and controlled pace. Dos Santos pulled ahead beautifully to win gold, with Mexico’s Brenda Flores earning the silver and United States of America’s Kellyn Taylor coming in third with the bronze. Great run ladies and go Brazil! I also caught the Dos Santos’ win! (Lots of exclamation points in this post. Can you tell I’m excited.)
More shots from women’s 5000m:
The Men warming up for running long jump. Amazing athleticism:
There were also three heats for the men’s and women’s 100 hundred metre dash. They were running on the opposite side of the track so my photo quality was too blurry to post. I only saw the heats. Thank goodness for the jumbo tron. The semi finals were happening later on in the evening and the track and field finals will continue on to Thursday. I really wanted to see the women’s hurdles as well. Love this event. By this time we had been sitting for so long, that we were getting very hungry and left our seats to grab some grub. While waiting for our food, Queen Harrison of the U.S.A won the gold in women’s hurdles. I will have to look at the news footage to see this event and Queen’s victory.
I hope this post doesn’t come across as too biased. Of course I was cheering for the home team, but I am so in awe of all these athletes. The dedication, sacrifice and hard work it took just to get here is truly amazing. I was very happy to share in the excitement of games.