John Moonlight and Conor Trainor each scored two tries as Canada edged Argentina 26-24 to win the gold medal in men's rugby sevens at the Pan American Games on Sunday.
Nathan Hirayama converted 3-of-4 attempts to lead Canada to victory in the sport's debut at the Pan Am Games.
“To win gold here has just been incredible,” said Trainor. “To have a 12-man effort, to play for each other, to go all out for the whole game until we couldn't run anymore, it's just so satisfying. I'm so happy for the boys and for Canadian rugby.
“It's going to be a highlight of my life.”
Canada trailed 12-7 at halftime after Argentina's Gabriel Ascarate and Francisco Cuneo each scored tries and T.G. Manuel Gutierrez added a convert.
Moonlight scored his first try and Hirayama converted to keep Canada in the game in the first half, before another try by Moonlight minutes into the second half levelled the score 12-12.
Trainor and Hirayama then combined to give Canada a 19-12 lead, but Argentina's Ramiro Moyano Joyo replied just two minutes later with a try after coming off the bench. The ensuing Gutierrez convert tied the game 19-19.
Trainor scored his second try and Hirayama hit his third of four convert attempts to give Canada a 26-19 lead.
The Argentines then battled back with a try by Joaquin Luccheti, but Gutierrez missed the game-tying convert and Canada held on to win gold.
Earlier Sunday, Canada shut out Mexico 45-0 in the quarter-final before beating the United States 21-19 in the semifinal as rugby made its debut at the Pan Am Games.
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