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Emily Overholt Wins Pan Am Gold In 400-Metre Freestyle

07/17/2015 08:15 EDT | Updated 07/17/2016 05:59 EDT
TORONTO - Canadian Emily Overholt captured the gold medal in the women's 400-metre freestyle at the Pan Am Games on Friday, one night after a disqualification took first place away from her in a different event.

Overholt, of West Vancouver, B.C., finished the freestyle race in a Pan Am record time of four minutes, 8.42 seconds.

Venezuela's Andreina Pinto earned silver in 4:08.67 while American Gillian Ryan placed third in 4:09.46.

Overholt, the youngest member of the Canadian swim team at 17, out-touched Caitlin Leverenz of the United States at the wall to finish first in the 400-metre individual medley on Thursday, but she was disqualified for a "non-simultaneous" wall touch during the breaststroke leg of the race.

Victoria's Ryan Cochrane cruised to gold in the men's 400 freestyle by a margin of over a second.

Cochrane set a Pan Am record in finishing the race in 3:48.29. Ryan Feeley of the U.S., was second in 3:49.69 and Leonardo De Deus took bronze.