Colombia looking to build on Rio 2016´s success

The South American nation will send the second largest delegation, after the hosts, to the fourth Youth Parapan American Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from 20-25 March. 12 Mar 2017
Colombia - Buenos Aires 2013 Youth Parapan American Games

Colombian delegation at the Buenos Aires 2013 Youth Parapan American Games.

ⒸSao Paulo 2017
By Sao Paulo 2017 and IPC

After rounding off their best Paralympic performance ever at Rio 2016, Colombia are hoping to build the foundation for future successes at the fourth Youth Parapan American Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from 20-25 March.

The South American country claimed Paralympic gold again after 36 years in Rio through swimmer Carlos Serrano in the men´s 100m breaststroke SB7 and Mauricio Valencia in the men´s javelin F34.

Four years ago, at the latest edition of the Youth Parapan American Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Serrano burst onto the swimming international scene by winning four titles. Colombia finished fifth in the medals table with 37 overall, including 12 golds.

The 18-year-old went on to claim five titles at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, where Colombia took 24 golds, 36 silvers and 30 bronzes. Serrano also won one world title in Glasgow, Great Britain, in 2015.

Luis Lucumi will be one of Colombia´s big names competing at Sao Paulo 2017. The track and field athlete claimed silver in the men’s javelin F38 at the Rio Paralympics. He also qualified for the final in the 100m T38 at Rio 2016, but did not medal.

Around 1,000 athletes, aged 12-20 years old, from 20 countries are expected to participate in Sao Paulo, with 12 sports being contested: athletics, boccia, football 5, football 7, goalball, judo, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis.

Buenos Aires 2013 attracted more than 600 athletes from 16 countries, who competed across 10 sports. Brazil topped the medal table and 15 countries reached the podium at least once.

Barquisimeto, Venezuela, staged the inaugural edition in 2005, with athletes from 10 countries competing, whilst a total of 14 countries attended the event in Bogota, Colombia, in 2009.

For more information visit Sao Paulo 2017’s website.