Akeem Stewart was the undisputed star on the fourth day of athletics competition at the Parapan American Games by breaking the world record in men’s discus throw and giving Trinidad & Tobago the first gold at Lima 2019.
The 27-year-old F43 athlete threw 63.70, surpassing his own mark of 63.03 he had set at Toronto 2015 and ending top of the podium. USA’s Jeremy Campbell (62.92) and Cuban Gerdan Fonseca (44.34) completed the podium.
Stewart will next try to add the javelin title to his collection when he competes on Wednesday, hoping to repeat his performance from Toronto 2015.
Mauricio Valencia again on top
Colombia’s Paralympic champion did not disappoint and won the men’s shot put F32/33/34 event ahead of compatriot Diego Meneses. Gertrudis Ortega took bronze, therefore winning Panama’s first medal at Lima 2019.
It was Valencia’s second gold at these Games after his previous javelin success.
He was not, however, the only reason Colombia celebrated at VIDENA; they also won three more athletics golds.
Rio 2016 silver medallist Luis Lucumi emerged triumphant in the men’s javelin F37/38.
Dixon Hooker set a Parapan American record of 52.85 on his way to men´s 400m T38 gold, while Alicia Medina took top honours in the women’s shot put F32/33/34.
Argentina and Mexico enjoy success
Alexis Chavez and Brian Impellizzeri won their events to take Argentina’s total gold medal tally to nine. While Chavez won the men´s 100m T36 with a Parapan American record time of 12.24, Impellizzeri (6.21) took the men’s long jump T37/38 title.
Mexico continue to enjoy a memorable Games by winning three golds through Juan Pablo Cervantes (men’s 100m T54), Rosa María Guerrero (women’s discus F55) and Jonathan Abel Salinas (men’s shot put F53/54).
Brazil, Cuba and USA also claimed more athletics victories.
Full results are available on the Lima 2019 website.