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Athletics - 24. July 2007.

Athletics kicks off at Pan Am Games

The day started off with the women's marathon as Christine Lundy (Bangor, Maine) took seventh finishing in 2 hours 51 minutes and 56 seconds. In only her second marathon ever, 2006 NCAA DII 10,000m champion Emily Mortensen (Alamosa, Colo.) finished eighth in 3:02:00.

The heat took its toll in the women's race walks. For the women, three-time U.S. champion Teresa Vaill (Pine Plains, N.Y.) withdrew due to injury and 2006 U.S. 10km race walk champion Jolene Moore (Northbrook, Ill.) was disqualified with two strikes for lost contact and one for a bent knee.


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Christine Lundy, women's marathon - It was a really nice course. It was hot and humid, I went out ast what I thought was pretty conservative but I was wrong. I took it out too hard. There wasn't much of a pack, it was pretty strung out. I caught the Mexican girl and ran with her for a while. I started to feel the heat around 10k and the last 30k was a struggle. I wish I could have performed better for Team USA but I was happy with my race considering the conditions.

Emily Mortensen, women's marathon - I'm glad I finished my race today. This was a lot different that my first marathon. I'm glad I came though. I've learned so much from this experience and I've met so many wonderful people.

Teresa Vaill, women's 20km race walk - There were seven of us in the lead pack and we were racing along at a pretty good pace but there was a lot elbowing in the pack. I was feeling pretty good, right where I wanted to be but I got elbowed so many times that my (left) shoulder started cramping and I just could not continue.


Women's marathon

1. Mariela Gonzalez, Cuba, 2:43:11

2. Marola Narloch, Brazil, 2:46:10

3. Sirlene Pinoh, Brazil, 2:47:36

7. Christine Lundy, USA, 2:51:56

8. Emily Mortensen, USA, 3:02:00

Women's 20km race walk

1. Cristina Lopez, El Salvador, 1:38:69

2. Mirian Ramon, Ecuador, 1:40:03

3.Coyote Sanchez, Mexico, 1:41:47

Teresa Vaill, USA, DNF

Jolene Moore, USA, DQ

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