Panam Sports update Lima 2019 medal table after confirmation of doping disqualifications

A series of changes have been made to the official medal table of the Lima 2019 Pan American Games after the Panam Sports Executive Committee approved the disqualifications resulting from the 15 positive doping cases discovered.

These decisions were taken at the recent Panam Sports Executive Committee meeting in Fort Lauderdale in the United States.

It comes after a "long and thorough process analysing the doping cases discovered at Lima 2019".

Argentina have gone from sixth place to fifth in the general classification, while host country Peru added two bronzes to its medal total to move onto 41, but dropped below the Dominican Republic in the overall standings to 10th place.

"We have been very careful with the issue of doping at the Pan American Games of Lima 2019, respecting all the corresponding protocols and processes," Ivar Sisniega, secretary general of Panam Sports, said.

"After our Executive Committee meeting, we have officially approved the decisions of the Disciplinary Commission and the respective disqualifications of the athletes involved, and this has generated the changes we are reporting.

"With this, we close the medal table of our Games."

The updated Lima 2019 Pan American Games medal table ©Lima 2019
The updated Lima 2019 Pan American Games medal table ©Lima 2019

Olympic judo champion Rafaela Silva was one of 15 positive tests confirmed by Panam Sports in September.

Seven of the cases were complete at that point, while the other eight were ongoing.

The 15 positives came from a total of 1,905 samples – 1,652 urine and 253 blood.

Silva confirmed earlier in September that she had tested positive for fenoterol on August 9, the day she earned gold in the women’s under-57 kilograms category at Lima 2019.

She has denied deliberate wrongdoing and insisted a second test on August 29 did not show any traces of a banned substance.

Dominican Republic’s Ana Rosa had earned the silver medal after losing to Silva in the final, with Colombia’s Yadinys Amaris and Panama’s Miryam Roper the bronze medal winners.

Rosa has been upgraded to the gold medal, moving the Dominican Republic above hosts Peru into ninth place in the final medal standings.

Amaris has been upped to silver and Cuba's Anailys Dorvigny has joined Roper as a bronze medallist.

Argentina's move up the medal standings, above Cuba, follows an upgrade from gold to silver in the men's quadruple sculls rowing event, with winners Uruguay having been disqualified.

Olympic champion Rafaela Silva was stripped of her Lima 2019 judo gold medal in September ©Getty Images
Olympic champion Rafaela Silva was stripped of her Lima 2019 judo gold medal in September ©Getty Images

Cuba have moved up from third place to second, while Mexico have risen to the bronze-medal position.

Peru's two additional bronze medals came in the men's team sprint track cycling event and men's Greco-Roman wrestling 67 kilograms competition.

Trinidad and Tobago have been stripped of their gold medal in the men's team sprint track cycling event, with Colombia moving up to top spot.

Brazil's men’s team sprint squad had already been stripped of their bronze medal after Kacio Fonseca da Silva tested positive for the substance LGD-4033, which usually treats conditions such as muscle wasting and osteoporosis.

As a result of the two disqualifications, Mexico are now the silver medallists and the bronze went to Peru.

Njisane Phillip, who was part of Trinidad and Tobago's gold medal-winning side, has been disqualified from second place in the men's individual sprint.

Colombia's Kevin Quintero has taken that honour, behind Phillip's compatriot Nicholas Paul, and Venezuela's Hersony Canelón has been moved up to third place.

In the men's Greco-Roman wrestling 67kg event, Venezuela's Shalom Villegas has been stripped of his silver medal with Mexico's Manuel López rising up to second place and Peru's Nilton Soto joining the US's Ellis Coleman in third.

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Lima 2019: Cuba hit the target at last

Lima 2019 marked the first time that shooting Para sport was part of the Parapan American Games. Brazil and USA had shared all the gold medals until the last day when Yenigladys Suarez put Cuba on the top of the podium.

The shooter won the gold medal in the women’s 10m air pistol SH1 with 227.4 points in 24 shots during the competition held on Tuesday at the Las Palmas Shooting Range in the Peruvian capital.

The gold was the second medal for the Cuban shooter, after her bronze in the mixed 25m sport pistol SH1 on Sunday.

Brazil's Debora Rodríguez took silver with a score of 226.1 in the same number of shots. Colombian Maria Restrepo finished with the bronze medal with a score of 203.6 in 22 shots.

In the other event of the last day of the shooting at Lima 2019, USA’s Stetson Bardfield won gold in the mixed 10m air rifle prone SH2.

“It is totally amazing. It is my first international medal and I’m very happy,” the shooter said. “My biggest goal is to get a gold medal in Tokyo 2020, of course. I've been training for a long time and I really love this sport.”

Bardfield reached a score of 252.1 in 24 shots, followed by his compatriot McKenna Dahl who took silver with 251.4 points in the same number of shots.

It was Dahl's second medal in Peru following her gold in the mixed 10m air rifle stand SH2 on Saturday.

Brazil’s Bruno Kiefer finished with the bronze medal with a score of 230.3 in 22 shots. It was Kiefer’s second bronze in Lima.

The USA topped the shooting Para sport medals table with five gold medals, one silver and three bronze. Brazil was second with two golds, five silver and three bronze.

Cuba finished third with a gold, a silver and a bronze. Hosts Peru ended in fourth place with one silver medal. Colombia was fifth with one bronze.

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Cuban Performance in Parapan American Games

By the morning of this Tuesday, August 27, the Cuban delegation in the Lima 2019 Special Pan-Am Games sums a total of 16 medals, divided into 7 Gold, 2 Silver and 7 Bronze, and shares the 6th place in the medal leader-board with Chile.

This Monday, in Track and Field, the Cuban athletes collected a Gold medal, one Silver and 2 Bronze medals, but it was not enough neither to improve nor to maintain the 5th place they closed Sunday with.

The Gold medal was Omara Durand‘s, in the 100 m Dash, the Silver one was obtained by Leonardo Diaz in Discus Throw, while the two Bronze medals were both obtained in the Long Jump, but in different categories, by Raciel Gonzalez and Lazaro Rodriguez.

Brazil tops the medal leader-board with 39 Gold, 39 Silver and 40 Bronze medals, followed by United States (31-22-25), Mexico (26-23-19), Argentina (11-17-22), Colombia (11-13-18), and Chile and Cuba (7-2-7).

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Mijaín López: The Fifth and the Olympus for a Gladiator without Bounds

Mijaín López has a unique physique and his fifth title in Pan-American Games, reign that began in Santo Domingo 2003 and certainly constitutes an intermediate step toward the sport Olympus of Tokyo.

When talking about sport legends worldwide you need to tell his history with golden edges. Mijaín López doesn't have absolutely anything to prove, but the motivation that holds his fourth Olympic medal keeps him extremely focused at his 37 years of age.

Mijaín López has a unique physique and his fifth title in Pan-American Games, reign that began in Santo Domingo 2003 and certainly constitutes an intermediate step toward the sport Olympus of Tokyo.

In fact, going through the competition with three convincing wins, scoring 21 points and again allowing no points against, makes us feel confident to attain his objective. On top of that the body weight; a relentless opponent weren’t a difficult obstacle for him.

His match in the semi-finals against the Chilean of Cuban origin Yasmany Acosta, his teammate on the mats for nine years and bronze medal winner in the World Championship seem the most difficult.

Mijaín took the initiative of the match, unfazed against the attacks of Acosta, knowing him perfectly… he was able to take him to the four-points position, and raising a defense against his “pincers” and his lethal sways, it’s practically impossible.

His match for the gold medal was an easy win against Venezuelan Moses Pérez for technical superiority of 9-0.

Just watching him walk on the mats leads to an overdose of respect, his opponents must think the same, even the hardest, like some of those that he will face in his second crusade through the German Bundesliga, a truly demanding and advantageous scenario for his training aiming at the Olympic Games in Japan.

Before that he will seek his classification in the World Championship next September (14-22) in Nur-Sultan,Kazakhstan. If he wins there, it would be his sixth World medal; he will certainly aim for the medal together with the classification for the Olympics that will be reserved for the first six of each division in Kazakhstan.

Mijaín was accompanied by other free style wrestlers on the podium Yusneylys Guzmán (silver in 50 kgs) and Lienna de la Caridad Montero (bronze-53 kg).

From Lima to Havana: Exhaustive Analysis and Encouraging Future

The 18th Pan American Games Lima 2019 are all in the past. They were a resounding success, full of extreme competitiveness, deeds, tears, and glory; a marvelous host city in every single sense.

Le crème de la crème of sports in America competed in Lima. More than one hundred Olympic champions attended the sports event. Hundreds of world championship medalists…new talents, etc…Nobody wanted to miss Lima 2019.

Cuba was there amid such brilliance. This time, the delegation ended fifth (33-27-38). The total of gold medals was not so low since the Pan American Games held in Cali in 1971 —where we ended in second place.

The truth is the sports arena in now quite different to that of the last years of the 20th century when Cuba, after reigning the Pan American Games held in Havana in 1991, experienced its glory days behind the United States.

From Santo Domingo 2003 (72-41-39) to date, the tendency in performance and results —not only in gold medals— has dropped: Rio de Janeiro 2007 (59-35-41), Guadalajara 2011 (58-35-43), and Toronto 2015 (36-27-34).

Many variables have influenced this performance and we are going to mention some. But before, let’s see what occurred in Lima 2019.

The goal was to outperform Toronto 2015 and consequently, to improve that fourth place. Now, the U.S., Brazil, Mexico, and Canada ended ahead of us this time. To achieve these goals, we had had to earn 38 titles, five more than the actual result.

At first sight, many will dive into some sports disciplines that underachieved such as taekwondo, weightlifting, artistic gymnastics, cycling, baseball, wrestling, and judo despite its five gold medals.

And that is a reality.

For example, track and field achieved 18 gold medals in Guadalajara 2011. Meanwhile, Toronto 2015 and Lima 2019 just contributed with 5 gold medals.

There is one irrefutable reason. Sports have become a very lucrative activity. And consequently, the amount of money invested in its development by every nation is increasingly higher, especially in infrastructure, state-of-the-art technology, coach hiring, counseling or highly skilled personnel, as well as the talent drain.

Having this picture into account, Cuba has tried hard to maintain its sports power status that once boasted. But it is like going against the tide as we have lost the opportunity to develop quality training camps that we used to carry out especially with the former Soviet Union and other former socialist countries.

Hence, Cuba has challenged the economic shortage to maintain one of the Revolution’s greatest achievement. And such sustainability relies heavily on an evolutionary pyramid that starts on the early stage of sports fundamentals clinging on the ideals of Sports for All, the increasingly vanishing of sports facilities, special areas to practice, meticulous recruitment processes, mountain Olympiads…to name a few.

As a self-preservation method, our nation has turned to a strategy that follows the will of the country, not only to make profits in the exports of goods and services, but also with the goal of cooperating and contributing with the development of third world countries as a strong expression of solidarity of the Cuban people.

That is why it was easy to see some outstanding athletes like Yulimar Rojas, Aline Ferreira, and Albaro Rudesindo being trained by Cuban coaches.

We are referring to sports disciplines such as track and field, judo, wrestling, boxing, taekwondo, weightlifting…

We witnessed a new generation of talented athletes in Lima.

Adriana Rodríguez, Vanessa Godínez, Reinieris Andreu, Luis Enrique Zayas, Yusneylys Guzmán, Luis Manuel Lauret. Eliani Cámara, Gretel Mendoza, Alejandro y Huber, Elisbeth Gámez, Osvel Caballero, Mahyvianet Borges…all of them managed to crown endless days of hard training, sacrifice, to win their medals. Even better, the future looks bright right now.

The Pan American Games Lima 2019 resulted in a disappointed event. It is true all of our athletes did their best. However, some did not perform well in the clutch time.

Let’s avoid at all costs our nation enters into an extended decline. Other events await.

Let’s do everything humanly possible. Tokyo 2020 is right around the corner

Translated by Sergio A. Paneque Diaz/CubaSi Translation Staff

Cuban President Celebrates Judokas' Gold Medals in Lima 2019

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Sunday celebrated the excellent performances of Cuban judokas Idalys Ortiz and Andy Granda, who became champions in their respective divisions at the Lima 2019 18th Pan American Games.

The third title in a row at the Pan American Games for Idalys Ortiz, an inspiring Cuban woman, who smiles while winning, and wins while smiling, the president wrote on his Twitter account.

On Sunday, Ortiz won her third consecutive Pan American title in the +78 kg division, ratifying herself as one of the world's best judokas.

For his part, Andy Granda defeated Venezuelan judoka Pedro Pineda by ippon in the +100 kg division.

Cuba finished in fifth place on the overall medal table, a deed highlighted by Diaz-Canel on Twitter.

Cuban judokas won five gold medals that went to Maylin del Toro (63 kg), Magdiel Estrada (73 kg), Ivan Silva (90 kg), Idalys Ortiz and Granda.

The Cuban delegation won a total of 33 gold, 27 silver and 38 bronze medals, totaling 98 medals, at the 18th Pan American Games held in Lima, Peru.

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Idalys Ortiz proclaims three-time Pan American champion

The Cuban Idalys Ortiz met the forecasts and won the Pan American crown for the third consecutive time in the +78 kilograms, now in Lima 2019, to be ratified as one of the best judocas in the entire planet.

The three-time Olympic medalist, including a gold in London 2012, solved his final fight easily by ippon against the Puerto Rican Melissa Mujica.

Ortiz, also a world multi-champion, added title 32 for the Cuban delegation in Lima, which will close its competitive action with the gold lawsuit in the 100 kilograms (m) of its representative Andy Granda against the Venezuelan Pedro Pineda.

The Brazilian Beatriz Souza and the Peruvian Yuliana Bolívar remained with the bronze medals in this division, after defeating the Nicaraguan Izayana Marenco and the American Nina Cutro-Kelly, respectively.


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Yarisley: A Giant Woman in Love with the Sky

Villa Videna embraced Cuba, sports dignity, greatness, and glamour. Yarisley Silva (4.75m) and heptathlonist Adriana Rodríguez (6 113 points) exalted the name of Cuba in the stadium as they became the queens of day 3 in Pan American athletics.

Their performances were different. But the truth is both made fans jump for joy by taking us to our limits Thursday afternoon.

We shall always trust Yarisley in major events. No matter if her season performance had been poor all year long. She had not jumped higher than 4.70m this season. Besides, the scheduled training had been shortened…and was seemingly not enough.

But naming Yarisley Silva —at least to those who love track and field— is synonym of emotional abundance. Such deed in Lima had all of these ingredients.

Her body was not quite ready. She could not warm up well. All these, paired with the cool weather in Lima, somehow affected her readiness. Hence, she started off her competition with 4.25m.

Such decision evolved into fatigue and a higher number of attempts. If that were not enough, we almost suffer a heart attack when she jumped 4.35m in her third attempt.

From then on, she was almost perfect. She bet on the great skill she had in 2015. She easily jumped 4.45-4.55-4.65m. Some of her most important rivals in the area —Canada’s Alysha Newman (4.55m) and Venezuelan Robelys Peinado (4.55m)— found trouble in this height.

There were only two left. She and the American Kathryn Nageotte (4.70m, sixth in 2019 world ranking this season). Nageotte jumped 4.70m while Yarisley failed to jump in her first two attempts. Therefore, she risked everything and decided to take on the 4.75m in her last attempt. And she did it!

Her sports career has been now crowned with a winning jump, another caress to the sky; with her open arms to heaven.

The flag, the lap of honor, and the eternal gratitude to those who trusted her all the time.

Thanks Yarisley for some many years of sacrifice. Thanks for all those glorious moments you have given us.

Translated by Sergio A. Paneque Diaz/CubaSi Translation Staff

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