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Two Pan American Games discus throw records were broken by Fedrick Dacres and Yaime Perez on Tuesday, August 6 in Peruvian Capital.

Fedrick Dacres succesfully defended his Pan American Games discus throw gold with a new meeting record. The 25-year-old Jamaican opened the competition with a 66.14m throw to take the lead. In the following round, Dacres improved his lead with a new games record of 67.68m and secured his second Pan American games win. The silver medal took another Jamaican, Traves Smikle, with 65.02m effort as American Reginal Jagers III concluded the podium with 64.48m. 

One hour later the Pan American Games women's discus throw record was broken by Cuban athlete Yaime Perez. The 2011 Pan American Games champion in the 6th round achived impressive 66.58m moving the competition leader Brazilian Andressa Oliveira de Moiras into silver position. Brazilian in her last try foulded and settled for second place. Andressa Oliveira de Moiras' best throw of 65.98m in round two was a new South American record. Meanwhile, Fernanda Martins of Brazil took the bronze medal with 62.23m.

The Canadian track and field team celebrated gold and bronze medals in the women's 10000m final. Natasha Wodak led the women's 10000m final from the gun to win the gold medal in 31:55.17, a new Pan American Games record. Meanwhile her teammate Rachel Cliff won the bronze in 32:13.24 behind Mexican runner Risper Biyaki who claimed bronze in 31:59.00.

In a dramatic men's 5000m final, Mexican Fernando Martinez took the Pan Am Games gold. Martinez in the last 200m managed to pass several runners to cross the line first in 13:53.87. Brazilian Altobeli Santos da Silva miraculously held off Carlos Diaz from chile to win the silver medal. Santos da Silva crossed the line in 13:54.42 just 0.01 seconds ahead of Chilean athlete Diaz, who took third in 13:54.43.

In the women's long jump Chantel Malone from British Virgin Islands won the gold and the first ever Pan American Games medal  for her country in any sport with a 6.68m leap. American Keturah Orji with 6.66m jump won silver as Jamaican Tissanna Hickling claimed the bronze with 6.59m.

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