Lima 2019: Uruguay win first gold

Henry Borges claims judo gold while Brazil dominate table tennis events 25 Aug 2019
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a male judoka stands on the podium with his gold medal
Judoka Henry Borges won the opening gold of Lima 2019 for Paraguay
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By APC

Uruguay enjoyed a special Saturday as they won their first gold at the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games through judoka Henry Borges.

He successfully defended the men’s up to 60kg title he had won at Toronto 2015 after beating Venezuelan Marcos Blanco in the final.

“It is an enormous pride for me to represent Uruguay which is working for the development of Paralympic Games; and having won the second Parapan American title is huge,” Borges said.

He dedicated the medal to his wife and two kids who supported him from Uruguay. “We are all judokas at home,” he said.

Mexico and Argentina celebrate

Mexico’s first gold at Lima 2019 came through judoka Brayan Valencia, who topped the podium in the men’s up to 90kg after beating Venezuela’s Hector Espinoza.

Eduardo Gauto celebrates in style after winning gold at Lima 2019


Argentina’s Eduardo Gauto won three successive combats in the men’s up to 66kg, including the final against tough-opponent Luis Perez of Puerto Rico, to take gold.

Brazil dominate table tennis 

Victories from Carlos Carbinatti (men’s class 10), Paulo Salmin (men’s class 7), Luiz Manara (men’s class 8), Joyce de Oliveira (women’s class 4) and Danielle Rauen (women’s class 8-10) showcased Brazil’s supremacy in the table tennis individual events.

Danielle Rauen was one of five Brazilian table tennis gold medallists


Mexico also had a day to remember, winning three titles. Chile and Argentina added two golds each to their table tennis tallies, while USA secured one.

Cuban Yunier Fernandez was the surprising winner of the day by winning the men’s individual class 1 following a victory over Brazilian Junior Aloisio in the final.

The football 5, football 7, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis events also began on Saturday, while wheelchair rugby and sitting volleyball continued.

Schedule and full results are available on our Lima 2019 website.