Americas Paralympic Committee (APC) President Julio Cesar Avila said: ““It was highly pleasant to see how an entire city embraced this competition and turned out massively to each of the venues to support the best Para athletes in the Americas.”
Peruvian Para athlete Efrain Sotacuro said that he is “very happy for the support. This is an international event, a really big one. People want to see and learn about Para sports and understand how people with disabilities can do what we do.”
Argentina’s wheelchair tennis world No.1 Gustavo Fernandez added: “I am very grateful to the public. I do not play in Latin America very often, and having the chance to do it with people who support you so much is exciting.”
Rosbil Guillen won the first in the men’s 1,500m T11, while road cyclist Israel Hilario Rimas followed that up with gold in the men’s time trial C1-2.
Peru’s flag bearer and taekwondo fighter Angelica Espinoza took the title in the women’s up to 49kg.
The remaining two golds came in Para badminton in front of packed stadiums and Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra thanks to Pedro Pablo de Vinatea in the men´s singles SL3 and Pilar Jauregui in the women’s singles WH2.
Manuel Campo, Jose Luis Campo’s son, and APC Athlete Representative Ileana Rodriguez in front of dozens of photographers capturing the historic moment. The 2017 powerlifting world champion received a grand ovation, especially from his fellow Mexicans.
ⒸLima 2019 for APC
“I am very happy for having been named Para Athlete of 2018; it is a huge honour,” Castillo Castillo said. “Thank you to the Americas Paralympic Committee, to all Mexico and to those from other countries who supported me as well.”