Mexico, Canada, the United States and Brazil are the countries that garnered the highest number of medals during the 18th Pan American Games that took place in Lima, Peru, July 27 – August 11. Also known colloquially as the Pan Am Games, they are a major sporting event in the Americas featuring summer sports, in which over 5,000 athletes participate in 36 sports and nearly 400 events. The first, second, and third-place finishers in each event receive gold, silver, and bronze medals, respectively.
As the games concluded, the United States, Brazil, México and Canada took home the largest number of medals (293, 171, 152 and 136, respectively). Mexico managed to break its own medal record, having won 133 when the Pan Am Games took place in Guadalajara in 2011. Originally from San Luis Potosi, Mexican racketball star Paola Longoria came home has won nine gold medals in the Pan Am Games, the highest number for any Mexican athlete.
Vallartense Lupita Hernández won the gold medal this year, along with Ariana Cepeda, in racketball doubles after beating Yasmary Medina and Leyanis Castillo from Cuba. The 2023 Pan American Games, officially the XIX Pan American Games, are scheduled to be held from October 22 to November 5, 2023, in Santiago, Chile.• PO