7 moments, personalities and teams that shined at the Parapan American Games

Santiago de Chile (EFE).- The seventh edition of the Parapan American Games Santiago 2023 ended with Brazil’s fifth successive win, topping the overall medal table and also leaving seven key points, some personalities and teams that shone in their performance in the Chilean capital. .

1. Douglas Rocha

The Brazilian Paraban swimmer has won nine gold medals, in three relay and six individual events, all of which hold the American Paraban record, namely the 100m freestyle, backstroke and butterfly in the S12 category, the 200m combined SM13, and the 400m freestyle S13. And the 50 meter freestyle S13.

2. Gustavo Fernandez

The Argentine, who has three world titles and eight Grand Slam titles (five in singles and three in doubles), won his fourth Parapan American Championship title at the 2023 Santiago Wheelchair Tennis Singles Championships. He also claimed gold in the doubles with his partner Ezequiel Casco.

Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina in the men’s wheelchair tennis final at the 2023 Parapan American Games. EFE/Osvaldo Villarroel

3. Maria Gomez

The Brazilian, a three-time champion at Tokyo 2020, reconfirmed three of the four Parapan American individual titles she won in Lima 2019: the 100m breaststroke, 100m freestyle and 50m freestyle, all in the S12 category. In the 400 freestyle he did not participate in this edition.

Maria Gomez of Brazil competes at the 2023 Parapan American Games, in Santiago (Chile).  EFE/Osvaldo Villarroel
Maria Gomez of Brazil competing in the 2023 Parapan American Games.EFE/Osvaldo Villarroel

4. Five world records

The Para Athletics, which was held at the Mario Recordon Stadium in the Chilean capital, left behind five new world records: Brazilian Elizabeth Rodriguez in the discus F53 with a mark of 17.80 and Cuban Rubiel Yankel Sol in the long jump T47 with a distance of 7.74 metres.

Colombian Jose Gregorio Lemos in the F37-38 javelin with a throw of 61.76 metres, Brazilian Samuel Oliveira in the 400 meters T20 with a time of 46.48 and Mexican Osiris Machado in the F64 discus with 41.16.

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José Gregorio Lemos of Colombia stands next to the board after winning gold and breaking the world record in the men's para athletics javelin F37/38, during the 2023 Parapan American Games, in Santiago (Chile).  EFE / Adriana Tomasa
José Gregorio Lemos of Colombia stands by the board after breaking a world record at the 2023 Parapan American Games. EFE/Adriana Tomasa

5. Karen Palomec

The Colombian arrived at the competition after winning three gold medals at the last World Cup in Paris, in the 100, 200 and 300 meters races in the T37 category (cerebral palsy), the first two medals as well, achieving a world record. In Santiago 2023, he won five gold medals with victories in the long jump T36-37-38, and in the world relay 4×100, 100 and 200 meters T37, and 400 meters T38.

Karen Palomec of Colombia competes at the 2023 Parapan American Games.EFE/Osvaldo Villarroel

6. Brazil

In football, Brazil showed its superiority by winning three golds in men’s goalball against the United States, in blind football against Colombia, and in football for PC (cerebral palsy) against its biggest rival Argentina.

Players from Brazil pose with the blind soccer gold medal at the 2023 Parapan American Games. EFE/Esteban Garay

7. United States

In team wheelchair sports, the United States won all three finals played. She won gold in women’s basketball against Canada and men’s against Colombia, and in mixed rugby she also won against Canada.

American Fabian Romo holds the men’s wheelchair basketball gold medal at the 2023 Parapan American Games. EFE/Adriana Thomasa

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