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Balfour and Jarvis take bronze on final day in Lima

August 11, 2019

LIMA, Peru – Jevon Balfour and Korey Jarvis captured bronze medals on the final day of competition at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games.

Balfour, of Scarborough, Ont., picked up a win in the 74 kg bronze medal match against Argentina’s Jorge Llano. The 23-year-old won by technical superiority in the first half of the bout.

“I really tried to go in there an be level-headed. The guys that finished ahead of me are all really good, but the goal is to get there and beat those guys.”

Balfour finished fifth at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games.

“It’s my first Pan Am Games medal, I think it’s a good stepping stone.”

Jarvis’ medal came after he defeated Andreus Gunning of Peru. The veteran heavyweight overcame a hostile home-crowd to win 7-0.

“I’m happy with the bronze, and happy with my teammates performances. Overall, I’m pleased with the experience. I had a game-plan and I stuck to it. We’re always building forward.”

Jarvis lost to USA’s Nick Gwiazdowski in the 125 kg semifinals.

“Obviously I would have like to had a better match with the American, he’s the one I’ll need to beat.”

Alex Moore and Jordie Steen both missed on bronze medals. Moore dropped his match against Cuba’s Yurieski Torreblanca 0-10 to finish fifth at 86 kg. Steen fell to Luiz Perez of Dominican Republic to take fifth place at 97 kg.

Balfour and Jarvis’ medals take Canada’s total to six at the Pan Am Games. Previously in the tournament Canadians Justina Di Stasio, Olivia Di Bacco, Jade Parsons and Darthe Capellan found the podium.

Complete results from the event are available here.

Photo: Carlos Osorio for CBC Sports