Pan American Games 2023: Abrams, Archibald clinch silver, bronze in 100m

Jasmine Abrams raked in silver at the Pan American Games

Guyana brought their medal count up to two at the ongoing 2023 Pan American Games all within 21 seconds, as Jasmine Abrams and Emanuel Archibald raced their way onto their respective 100 metres podiums on Tuesday night.
Abrams took to the track first in the women’s event and fought off other big-name sprinters to clinch silver in 11.52s. Cuba’s Yunisleidy Garcia was first in 11.36s, while Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle Lee Ahye grabbed bronze in 11.53s.
Just a few minutes later, tensions ran high prior to the start of the men’s event, as two false starts were called – in both Archibald was off at top speed.
Nonetheless, the third time was the charm and the Guyanese led the race for a good 70 metres before being pipped on the line by Jose Gonzalez of the Dominican Republic, who crossed the line in 10.30s.

Emanuel Archibald raced his way to bronze at the Pan American Games

In a perfectly identical podium to Wednesday evening’s semifinal, Brazil’s Felipe Bardi clinched silver in 10.31s (.302). Archibald had a similar 10.31s for third place that was only distinguished from Bardi’s time by .310.
While the Guyanese believed that he could have won the contest, he was content with making the podium.
“I expected to get first, but getting third is not a bad thing too. Two medals in three competitions this year is good. Just prepare for the Olympics next year,” an elated Archibald shared.
Responding to whether or not the race’s false starts threw him off, Archibald divulged, “Somewhat, but I was prepared for that. Yesterday we had an issue like that, I was more prepared today, but the two false starts throw me off. I was gone in the first two, but we just work with it and we still medal. So, I can’t complain.”
While Archibald will continue his outing at the games in the 200m semi-finals; this evening, Guyana will have their third shot at a medal as Aliyah Abrams takes on the women’s 400m final at 19:23h.