Mexico at the Pan American Games 2015By Fernanda Duque Hernández
Swimming team stands out with 9 gold medals
Five days after the inauguration of the 2015 Pan American Games, Mexico has taken fifth place in medal count with 30 medals: 9 gold, 6 silver and 15 bronze. This places the country at one gold medal away from fourth place, which is occupied by Colombia at the time of this article’s publishing.
The first of Mexico’s gold medals were won by the diving team, highlighting the participation of the athlete, Paola Espinoza who made first place in women's 10-meter platform dive, becoming three-time champion of this discipline and one of the favorites for the next Olympic Games.
On Saturday, Rommel Pacheco won his first gold award, with his compatriot, Jahir Ocampo getting silver in 3 meter diving. Ivan García also won first place in the 10 meters platform, repeating the feat on Monday.
Markswoman Goretti Zumaya broke a new record in the history of the Pan American Games 10 meter air rifle competition, earning a score of 204.8 while her teammate, Alejandra Zavala won silver.
Crisanto Grajales gave an outstanding performance, remaining always in the leading group during the three rounds of men's triathlon, subsequently snatching gold. The third place of the competition was for other Mexican, Irving Perez.
Mexican Mike Paez left Colombia behind in speed skating, setting a record of men’s 10km.
In dual and team events, Mexico won two silver medals for synchronized swimming. Paola Espinoza returned to the podium along with her partner, Alejandra Orozco, as both snagged bronze in synchronized diving on the 10m diving board.
So far, Mexico has taken 15 bronze medals for canoe sprint (Jose Cristobal), 10 meter diving (Jonathan Rubalcaba), women’s 3 meter diving (Dolores Hernández), women’s weightlifting (Quisia Guicho), men’s weightlifting (Bredni Rique), speed skating (Jorge Martínez), women’s squash (Samantha Teran), men’s squash (Cesar Salazar), men’s judo 90 kg (Isao Cardenas) and women’s judo 48 kg (Edna Carrillo).
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