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Tuesday, August 3, 1999
PROFILE: Alison Sydor
Sydor cycles to silver

WINNIPEG (CP) -- Alison Sydor of Victoria won a silver medal in the women's mountain bike race and Chris Sheppard of Kamloops, B.C. took the bronze in the men's event on a day Canada captured three gold, two silver and five bronze for a total of 111 medals at the Pan Am Games.

The Canadian women's soccer team can do no better than a bronze medal after losing 5-3 on penalty kicks to Mexico. The game was tied 2-2 after regulation and extra time.

"There was no lack of effort from the players," said head coach Neil Turnbull of Edmonton. "Just the way they carried themselves, it was first-class. Each game, we've gone out, we've tried to improve both individually and as a team and I'm proud of them."

The unbeaten U.S. women, entered as an under-18 squad, moved into the final with a 2-0 win over Costa Rica earlier.

The Canadian women's basketball team lost 76-65 to Cuba after leading by two points at the half.

Renata Kolbovic of Vancouver lost to Alexandra Stevenson of the U.S. in a women's tennis quarter-final.

Canada's men's softball team beat Guatemala 1-0, while the Canadian women beat the Netherlands Antilles 2-0.

Meanwhile, the Cuban delegation turned up the volume on their complaints about the treatment of their athletes.

And sports agent Joe Cubas said 19-year-old Cuban baseball pitcher Danys Baez has sought asylum in Canada, which would make him the eighth Cuban to defect at these Games.
Alison Sydor in the news
Everything wrong for Sydor
Sydor finishes fifth in Sydney
Sydor takes silver in Sydney tune-up
Sydor in pictures
Racing in Sydney
A Sydney start
In action
Silver medallist
Wiping out