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Another Strong Day for Team USA at Pan Am Games - 2003-08-10

Saturday was another strong day for Team USA at the Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic, as the squad took four more gold medals in the final day of the track and field competition in Santo Domingo.

The U.S. took gold in both the men's and women's 400-meter relays and the women captured the 1,600 meter relay. Melissa Muller also won a gold medal by capturing the women's pole vault, setting a Pan Am Games record of 4.40-meters.

The men's and women's track and field squads combined to boost the American medal total to 121, including 50 gold. Cuba won nine gold medals on Saturday, giving them 43 total and 90 overall.

But in women's basketball, Team USA was forced to settle for the silver medal, as they fell to Cuba 75-64. The Cubans have beaten the Americans five times in the last 18 days. The U.S. women's basketball team has medaled in all 12 Pan Am Games appearances, bringing home six gold medals, four silvers and two bronzes.

In other highlights, the U.S. shooting team captured two more gold medals on the final day of competition, running its total to 12 gold and 21 overall. The United States women's and men's softball teams remained undefeated at the Games.

In tennis, American Sarah Taylor will play Milagros Sequera of Venezuela for the gold after defeating Kristina Brandi of Puerto Rico 6-2, 6-3. Seguera spoiled an all-Amercian final as she beat Georgia native Ansley Cargil, 6-7, 6-1, 6-3. On the men's side, Marcelo Rios of Chile plays Fernando Meligeni of Brazil for the men's gold.