Pan American Combined Events Cup

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The Pan American Combined Events Cup (Spanish: Copa Panamericana de Pruebas Combinadas) is a track and field competition in men's decathlon and women's heptathlon. Organized by the Association of Panamerican Athletics (APA), newly constituted in 2011, it is an annual contest for combined events athletes representing countries in the region. It is typically held in late May or June.

The competition was launched in 2005 as part of the IAAF Combined Events Challenge as NACAC Combined Events Championships, and was initially organized by the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC), with the first edition taking place in San Juan, Puerto Rico.[1] The event was repeated in San Juan the following year and had its third outing in 2007 in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.[2][3] The size of the competition was expanded in 2008 as it was renamed the Pan American Combined Events Championships with the organization of the event being transferred to the Pan American Athletics Commission, a subdivision of the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO). It became open to combined events specialists representing any of the countries in the Americas. A record of 40 athletes from 15 countries took part in that edition.[4]

The championships underwent another name change the following year, being held in Havana, Cuba as the Americas Combined Events Cup. Headed by the Cuban Federation President, former Olympic champion Alberto Juantorena, it was incorporated in to that year's Barrientos Memorial, Cuba's national track and field championships.[5] No edition was held in 2010 and the event returned under its inaugural moniker for the 2011 season.[6] In the year 2012, the Championships were renamed to its present name. The inaugural Pan American Combined Events Cup took place in Ottawa, Canada.[7]

Cuba's Yordanis García holds the championship record for the decathlon with his score of 8496 points. The heptathlon best is points by American Sharon Day. Four athletes have won at the event on two occasions: Maurice Smith of Jamaica, Ryan Harlan of the United States, as well as Yordanis García and Yorgelis Rodríguez of Cuba.

Two-time decathlon champion Maurice Smith at the 2007 World Championships

Editions[edit]

Edition Year Venue City Country Date No. of
athletes
No. of
nations
1st 2005 Estadio Sixto Escobar San Juan  Puerto Rico 28–29 May 27 9
2nd 2006 Estadio Sixto Escobar San Juan  Puerto Rico 25–26 August 15 6
3rd 2007 Felix Sanchez Stadium Santo Domingo  Dominican Republic 26–27 May 27 10
4th 2008 Felix Sanchez Stadium Santo Domingo  Dominican Republic 31 May – 1 June 41 15
5th 2009 Estadio Panamericano Havana  Cuba 29–30 May 32 7
6th 2011 Usain Bolt Track Kingston  Jamaica 27–28 May 28 (+ 1 invited) 12 (+ 1 invited)
7th 2012 Terry Fox Stadium Ottawa  Canada 26–27 May 27 (+ 1 invited + 15 local) 10 (+ 1 invited)
8th 2013 Terry Fox Stadium Ottawa  Canada 1–2 June 29 (+ 29 local) 12
9th 2014 Terry Fox Stadium Ottawa  Canada 16–17 July

Records[edit]

Event Athlete Record Date Ref
Men's Decathlon  Yordanis García (CUB) 8496 points 29–30 May 2009
100 m  Damian Warner (CAN) 10.43 s (w:+1.9 m/s) 17 July 2014 guest performance
 Luiz Alberto de Araújo (BRA) 10.66 s (w:+1.9 m/s) 31 May 2008
Long jump  Yunior Díaz (CUB) 7.75 m (w:+0.3 m/s) 29 May 2009
Shot put  Maurice Smith (JAM) 16.88 m 27 May 2011
High jump  Leonel Suarez (CUB) 2.12 m 26 May 2007
400 m  Yunior Díaz (CUB) 47.34 s 29 May 2009
110 m hurdles  Damian Warner (CAN) 13.89 s (w:+0.5 m/s) 28 May 2011
Discus throw  Maurice Smith (JAM) 50.62 m 29 May 2005
Pole vault  Paul Terek (USA) 5.30 m 29 May 2005
Javelin throw  Yordanis García (CUB) 68.10 m 30 May 2009
1500 m  Jason Mackenzie (CAN) 4:15.18 min 18 July 2014 guest performance
 Chris Helwick (USA) 4:22.60 min 1 June 2008
Women's Heptathlon  Sharon Day (USA) 6063 points 29–30 May 2009
100 m hurdles  Uhunoma Osazuwa (NGR) 13.28 s 26 May 2012 guest performance[8]
 Virginia Johnson (USA) 13.16 s (w:+3.4 m/s) 25 August 2006
High jump  Sharon Day (USA) 1.93 m 29 May 2009
Shot put  Yasmiany Pedroso (CUB) 14.37 m 26 May 2012 [9]
200 m  Uhunoma Osazuwa (NGR) 23.85 s (−1.3 m/s) 26 May 2012 guest performance[10]
 Virginia Johnson (USA) 23.91 s (+1.7 m/s) 25 August 2006
Long jump  Yariadmis Argüelles (CUB) 6.47 m (w:+1.8 m/s) 30 May 2009
Javelin throw  Coralys Ortiz (PUR) 49.24 m 29 May 2005
800 m  Jen Cotten (CAN) 2:11.02 min 26 May 2012 [11]

Medalists[edit]

Senior[edit]

Decathlon[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2005  Maurice Smith (JAM) 8232 pts  Ryan Harlan (USA) 7997 pts  Paul Terek (USA) 7923 pts
2006  Ryan Harlan (USA) 7966 pts  Paul Terek (USA) 7884 pts  Chris Boyles (USA) 7703 pts
2007  Ryan Harlan (USA) 7901 pts  Leonel Suárez (CUB) 7843 pts  Yunior Díaz (CUB) 7816 pts
2008  Chris Helwick (USA) 7820 pts  Iván Scolfaro da Silva (BRA) 7783 pts  Chris Randolph (USA) 7747 pts
2009  Yordanis García (CUB) 8496 pts  Yunior Díaz (CUB) 7920 pts  Alexei Chivas (CUB) 7808 pts
2011  Maurice Smith (JAM) 8078 pts  Damian Warner (CAN) 7760 pts  Chris Helwick (USA) 7609 pts
2012  José Mendieta (CUB) 7792 pts  Eric Broadbent (USA) 7498 pts  Roman Garibay (MEX) 7149 pts
2013[12][13]  Yordanis García (CUB) 8141 pts  José Mendieta (CUB) 7766 pts  Gray Horn (USA) 7581 pts
2014  Yordanis García (CUB) 8179 pts  José Mendieta (CUB) 7559 pts  James Turner (CAN) 7408 pts

Heptathlon[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2005  Fiona Asigbee (USA) 5868 pts  Tracye Lawyer-Thomas (USA) 5603 pts  Jackie Poulson (USA) 5499 pts
2006  Virginia Johnson (USA) 5991 pts  Hyleas Fountain (USA) 5956 pts  Fiona Asigbee (USA) 5779 pts
2007  Gretchen Quintana (CUB) 6007 pts  Fiona Asigbee (USA) 5770 pts  Lela Nelson  (USA) 5760 pts
2008  Lela Nelson (USA) 5944 pts  Ryanne Dupree (USA) 5704 pts  Yasmiany Pedroso (CUB) 5659 pts
2009  Sharon Day (USA) 6063 pts  Yarianny Argüelles (CUB) 5982 pts  Lela Nelson (USA) 5817 pts
2011  Emily Pearson (USA) 5585 pts  Salcia Slack (JAM) 5534 pts  Francia Manzanillo (DOM) 5474 pts 1
2012  Yorgelis Rodríguez (CUB) 5819 pts 2  Jen Cotten (CAN) 5656 pts  Yasmiani Pedroso (CUB) 5650 pts
2013[12][13]  Yorgelis Rodríguez (CUB) 5947 pts  Ana Camila Pirelli (PAR) 5683 pts  Lindsay Schwartz (USA) 5645 pts
2014  Natasha Jackson (CAN) 5928 pts3  Lindsay Schwartz (USA) 5835 pts  Rachael McIntosh (CAN) 5763 pts
  • ^1 Nigeria's Naomi Osazuwa, a US-based athlete, received a special invitation from the NACAC President Neville McCook allowing her to compete as a guest athlete and she finished third in the heptathlon with a score of 5506 points.[14]
  • ^2 Nigeria's Uhunoma Osazuwa received a special invitation allowing her to compete as a guest athlete and she finished first in the heptathlon with a score of 6049 points.[7]
  • ^3 Jillian Drouin from  Canada was 1st achieving 5972 pts competing only for the Canadian Senior Championships.

Junior[edit]

Decathlon[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2014  Steele Wasik (USA) 7004 pts  Hellerson Pereira da Costa (BRA) 6853 pts  Vincent Lanctôt-Reeves (CAN) 6647 pts

Heptathlon[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2014  Genevieve Gagné (CAN) 5028 pts  Lais da Silva Pereira (BRA) 4886 pts  Allison Frantz (CAN) 4718 pts1

References[edit]

  1. ^ NACAC Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2011-06-25.
  2. ^ Johnson and Harlan win NACAC combined event titles. IAAF (2006-08-27). Retrieved on 2011-06-25.
  3. ^ Clavelo Robinson, Javier (2007-05-27). Harlan, Quintana take NACAC Combined Events titles. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-06-25.
  4. ^ Clavelo Robinson, Javier (2008-06-01). Helwick and Nelson take Pan American Combined Events Champs. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-06-25.
  5. ^ Clavelo Robinson, Javier (2009-05-31). García tallies 8496 in Havana. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-06-25.
  6. ^ Foster, Anthony (2011-05-29). Smith and Pearson take NACAC Combined Events titles. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-06-25.
  7. ^ a b Javier Clavelo Robinson (28 May 2012). "Cubans Mendieta and Rodriguez take Pan-American Combined Events Cup". IAAF. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "100 Metres Hurdles Results". IAAF. 26 May 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Shot Put Results". IAAF. 26 May 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "200 Metres Results". IAAF. 26 May 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "200 Metres Results". IAAF. 27 May 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Clavelo Robinson, Javier (June 3, 2013), Cuba’s Rodriguez and Garcia win at the Pan American Combined Events Cup, IAAF, retrieved July 3, 2013 
  13. ^ a b 2013 – Panamerican Combined Events Cup, Ottawa Lions Track & Field Club, Suite 404, 136-2446 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON K1V 1A8, CANADA, June 2, 2013, retrieved July 3, 2013 
  14. ^ Two-day NACAC meet begins today. Jamaica Observer (2011-05-27). Retrieved on 2011-06-26.

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