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Erica Hawley and Tyler Smith chosen to carry flag at Pan Am Games closing ceremony

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Tyler Smith finishes seventh in Pan American Games triathlon

Triathletes Erica Hawley and Tyler Smith have been given the honour of carrying Bermuda’s flag at the closing ceremony of the Pan American Games on Sunday.

Hawley produced a career-best performance to finish just outside of the medals in fourth place in her event, while Smith mixed it with some of the world’s best when finishing seventh in his race just a couple of hours later and he is thrilled to have been chosen as a flag-bearer.

“It’s a real privilege and something I’m very proud of to have been selected as the flag-bearer for Bermuda at the closing ceremony,” he said.

“We’ve had a really strong Games as a country. We’ve won a medal with Conor White, swimmers have made finals and set national records and personal bests in lots of events, so I’m really proud to be able to represent our team and our country at the closing ceremony in Santiago.”

The closing ceremony signals an end to a successful Games for Bermuda, with the country picking up only its tenth ever medal when White produced a stunning ride to win bronze in the cycling time-trial.

Erica Hawley with proud parents Julia and Adam after finishing fourth at the Pan American Games

Sailor Adriana Penruddocke will be representing the island at the Olympics next year after sealing her spot in Paris when claiming the second North American qualifying spot at the regatta in Algarrobo.

Penruddocke proved she belongs at world level with a couple of finishes of fifth and six during her ten races and kept her cool on the final day to hold off her closest rival Charlotte Webster of the Cayman Islands.

Campbell Patton, Bermuda’s second representative in the sailing, was left to rue a poor final day on the water as he just missed out on grabbing a place at Paris 2024.

Patton had been just three points off a qualifying spot going into the last two races but was unable to improve his position after double-figure finishes.

Emma Harvey was the star of the show for Bermuda in the pool, winning the B final in the 100 metres butterfly and setting two national records on her way to finishing eighth in the 100 metres backstroke.

Emma Harvey broke two national records at Pan Am Games

Harvey and White, who carried the flag into the Estadio Nacional during the opening ceremony, have travelled home after their event with Dage Minors, who was disappointed with his effort in the 1,500 metres, the only other Bermudian athlete expected to be here for the closing ceremony

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Published November 05, 2023 at 9:44 am (Updated November 05, 2023 at 1:37 pm)

Erica Hawley and Tyler Smith chosen to carry flag at Pan Am Games closing ceremony

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