Toronto Star

Men’s field hockey silver, gold for women’s fencing team


Canada settled for silver in men’s field hockey at the Pan Am Games after dropping a 3-0 decision to Argentina on Saturday night.

Argentine defender Pedro Ibarra opened the scoring for the defending champions in the 25th minute by deflecting a shot from the striking circle that barely cleared the line.

Lucas Vila made it 2-0 in the 33rd minute when he got his stick on a sharp-angled shot from Agustin Mazzili. Manuel Brunet put the game out of reach with a goal in the 47th minute. FENCING: Canada won gold in the women’s team foil fencing competitio­n with a 38-37 win over the United States on Saturday. The team of Calgary’s Alanna Goldie, Hamilton’s Eleanor Harvey and Ottawa’s Kelleigh Ryan started strong before holding off a charge from the U.S. AUBUT ON BOARD: After a recordbrea­king performanc­e by Canadian athletes at the Pan Am Games, the head of the Canadian Olympic Committee is leading the charge for Toronto to bid for the 2024 Olympic Games.

Marcel Aubut will “use the full power of his office” to push for the bid, which would mark the city’s third attempt to host the Olympics, a spokesman said Saturday.

Aubut had previously hinted he would back the move but stopped short of openly promoting a bid.

Toronto Mayor John Tory has said officials will weigh the pros and cons as soon as the Pan Am Games wrap up. The cost of bidding, as well as staging the Olympics, is among the concerns.

Cities wishing to host the 2024 Games have until Sept. 15 to register their interest with the Internatio­nal Olympic Committee.

A short list will be selected next year, with the winner chosen in the summer of 2017. EQUESTRIAN: There were no individual equestrian medals for Ian Millar and Yann Candele on Saturday but the Canadians left the Pan Am Games with a huge consolatio­n prize.

On Thursday, Millar, Candele, Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, Ont., and Tiffany Foster of North Vancouver, B.C., won the team event.

That clinched Canada a berth in the equestrian competitio­n at next year’s Summer Olympics in Rio.

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