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A Canadian timeline of the 2019 Pan Am Games

The 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, officially opened on July 26 and closed 16 days later. Scroll through a Canadian timeline of athletic achievement, illustrated by images captured by photographer Carlos Osorio.

Canadians leave Lima knowing they're ready to take on the world in 2020

The 2019 Pan American Games came to a close at Estadio Nacional on Sunday night, but not before proving that Canada is ready to take on the world at Tokyo 2020. 35 Canadian athletes and teams can now call themselves Pan Am champions, while 152 total medals were won by Team Canada in Peru.

Korey Jarvis scores freestyle wrestling bronze, but is building to something bigger

Canadian freestyle wrestler Korey Jarvis won a bronze medal on Saturday, defeating Peru's Andreus Gunning by a 7-0 decision at the Pan American Games. But the aim here for the 32-year-old from Elliot Lake, Ont., was always to build his momentum toward world championships, and book his place at the Olympics.

'A ticking time bomb': Brittany Crew breaks Canadian shot put record (again) for silver medal

Canadian shot put star Brittany Crew said she felt a bump in distance coming, calling it "a ticking time bomb." That blast finally went off at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, on Friday, registering a new Canadian record of 19.07 metres and earning her a silver medal.

Canadian equestrian jumping team makes leap from Lima to Tokyo 2020

Canada’s equestrian jumping team may not be leaving with a Pan American Games medal, but they still accomplished their mission in Lima. The squad of Mario Deslauriers, Erynn Ballard, Lisa Carlsen and Nicole Walker finished fourth in the team event on Wednesday, sealing a berth for Canada in that event at the 2020 Olympic Games.

Canadian decathletes Warner, LePage relish chance to compete in Lima

Both athletes have hit the Olympic qualifying standards for the 2020 Tokyo Games, so the Pan Ams are a chance to put all their training and practice into competition. Warner's coach, Gar Leyshon, says events like the Lima Games are few and far between.

Pitch perfect: Canadian women's softball team determined to get back where they belong

While the Canadian women's softball team is physically on the field in Lima, their minds are squarely in Surrey, B.C., where later this month they'll get their shot at getting back to the Olympic Games for the first time since 2008. For the team's veterans, the second chance has been more than a decade in the making and encouraged them to come out of retirement.

Canadian women's water polo team intent on Olympic qualification in Lima

The Canadian women's water polo team has a job to do at the Pan American Games, and so far, so good. Axelle Crevier and Shae Fournier each had four goals, and goalkeeper Jessica Gaudreault stopped two penalty attempts to lift the team to a 20-5 win over Cuba on Sunday. It's a big first win for a team that needs a big result in Lima to earn its place at the Tokyo Olympics.

Canadian men's field hockey team halfway through their Olympic-sized task

Three wins down, three to go. That's the message after the Canadian men's field hockey team wrapped up their final preliminary match in the most crucial tournament of their Olympic cycle with a 14-1 win against Peru on Saturday. Next up is the knockout round, which is another step toward a gold medal, and a direct spot in the Tokyo Olympics.

Canadian sailors' childhood dreams lead them to Pan Am Games

Less than a month ago, Allie Surrette and Max Flinn were sailing across Halifax Harbour, laughing as they reached speeds of nearly 40 km/h. On Saturday, the two childhood friends will be doing the same thing in South America, hoping to sail their way from Paracas Bay to the Tokyo Olympics.

Kind of like sisters: McKay-Benfeito partnership stronger than ever with Olympics looming

There's no Olympic-sized rewards awaiting Caeli McKay and Meaghan Benfeito at the Pan Am Games. That doesn't mean the competition in Peru won't be any less special for both divers, who will be celebrating polar-opposite milestones.

Canadian boxer Thibeault leaves Pan Ams with bronze, but knows she's capable of more

Tammara Thibeault is leaving the Pan Am Games with a bronze medal, and is a Canadian athlete on the rise. But the 22-year-old middleweight from Montreal — who was the 2017 Canadian champion in her 75 kg weight class, and has won gold at the Continental Championships — wasn't here to prove anything to anyone but herself.

Canadian surfers Young, Zelasko carving an Olympic path at Pan Am Games

One of the sports making its Olympic debut next year is creating waves so large they're being felt in Peru —and two Canadian athletes are hoping to ride them all the way to Tokyo. Surfers Cody Young and Bethany Zelasko are at the Pan Am Games, where the event they are competing in offers direct qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games.

Canada's rugby 7s teams take gold, silver at Pan Am Games

Canada's rugby sevens teams are taking home medals from the 2019 Pan Am Games, but the real takeaway from Lima for both men's and women's teams is that the next generation of players are ready for big international events. And that's good news with the Tokyo Olympics looming.

Ellie Black leads Canadian team to Pan Am silver, and towards Olympic qualifier

Ellie Black and her Canadian teammates are bringing home women's team silver medals from the Pan Am Games in Lima. While this medal win is special, Black says she's more concerned about how Lima can help her and her team prepare for the upcoming world championships in Germany — where they can forge their path to the Olympics.