With superb performances in gymnastics, canoeing, surfing, triathlon and taekwondo, Brazil overtook both Mexico and Canada to move to the second spot behind the USA in medals tally of Pan Am Games Lima 2019 here on Sunday. With 21 gold medals, Brazil was ahead of both Mexico and Canada in gold medals.
While Mexico has 19 gold medals, Canada has 17. In aggregate, Canada continues to be number two behind the USA. While the USA has 128 medals, including 54 gold, Canada has 75 medals, six more than second-placed Brazil and nine more than third-placed Mexico.
Strong and chilly winds continued to sweep Lima. Some of the athletes, especially those from the English-speaking Caribbean, weather has been very hostile. Some of their athletes complained that “weather was too cold” and they did not “expect such chilly weather” here.
In spite of chilly weather, the response to events has been impressive. Most of the venues have been reporting nearly full stands.
Since it is for the first time that Peru has organized games of this magnitude, the pressure of organization has started telling on services. Some of the services have either slowed down or have been curtailed. Transport is one big example.
The language also continues to be a major problem. With the exception of Canada, USA, and Caribbean, most of the other participating nations speak Spanish. Those who do not speak or understand Spanish face a plethora of problems, including even locating their destinations.