Paige Madden won her second swimming Pan American Games title on a golden day for the United States at Santiago 2023 ©Getty Images

The United States enjoyed a glorious day three at the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago by winning 21 gold medals in nine sports.

Americans swimmers achieved predictable success in the pool with five titles at the Aquatic Center Laguna Los Morros, including Jacob Foster's victory in the men's 200 metres breaststroke.

Foster added to his 100m breaststroke title after touching first in 2min 10.71sec.

Paige Madden also won her second title as she claimed the women's 800m freestyle in 8:27.99, adding to her 400m freestyle gold.

The women's 100m backstroke title went to Josephine Fuller in 59.67 and Adam Chaney won the men's final in the same discipline in 54.20.

There was further success for the US as Foster was part of the 4×100m mixed medley relay champions.

In 3x3 basketball, the US won both the men's and women's gold medal games at South Sports Centre.

The men beat hosts Chile 21-15 and the women saw off Colombia 21-14.

"I played with my brother, we were always shooting baskets, I was always dribbling on the side," men's player Jimmer Fredette, who played for several National Basketball Association teams, including the Chicago Bulls, said.

"This is a bit like that, too."

The United States won both 3x3 basketball titles on day three ©Getty Images
The United States won both 3x3 basketball titles on day three ©Getty Images

Kayla DiCello won the women's all-around artistic gymnastics title at the Training Center for Collective Sport after being part of the American team success yesterday.

The 19-year-old scored 54.699 points to win the title for the US for the first time since 2011.

"It feels really good," DiCello said. 

"I'm really happy with how I did today.

"This is my first gold medal as an all-around champion, so I'm just really happy."

The first rowing golds were awarded at Laguna Grande with the US taking home three of the five titles on offer.

Hannah Paynter and Isabela Darvin won the women's coxless pair, with the men's coxless pair going to Ezra Carlson and Alexander Hedge.

The US also added the women's quadruple sculls crown.

Triple Olympic champion Vincent Hancock won his second shooting title at Santiago 2023 as he clinched the mixed team skeet gold with Dania Vizzi to complement his individual success at the Polígono De Tiro De Pudahuel.

Kylan Russell and Mary Tucker had earlier won the mixed team air rifle gold for the US.

The first equestrian gold of the Games saw the US clinch the team dressage title at the Escuela De Equitación Regimiento Granaderos.

Jesse Grupper enjoyed American success on the sport climbing wall ©Getty Images
Jesse Grupper enjoyed American success on the sport climbing wall ©Getty Images

Sport climbing also saw another American victory as Jesse Grupper won the men's boulder and lead final at Cerrillos Park.

In taekwondo, Madelynn Gorman-Shore won the women's over-67 kilograms division at the Contact Sports Center, and there was weightlifting glory for Olivia Reeves in the women's 81kg at Gimnasio Chimkowe.

Four water ski titles also went the way of the US, including two for Regina Jaquess who won both the women's slalom and women's jump finals at Los Morros Lagoon.

Nathan Smith won the men's slalom title and the women's tricks gold went to Erika Lang.

The US now boast 41 gold medals at the top of the standings.

The country has topped the medal table at all but two editions - the opening Games in Buenos Aires in 1951 and the 1991 event in Havana.