Just days after lighting the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony of the 2011 Parapan American Games, Mexico’s Maria de los Angeles Ortiz lit up a packed Telmex Athletics Stadium once again on Tuesday (15 November) with a shot put world record.
With a stunning fourth-round throw that measured 11.24m, Ortiz broke her own world record by 3cm to claim gold for Mexico on the second day of Athletics. This year has clearly been a dream year for Ortiz, as in January she claimed the world title with her previous-best throw of 11.21m.
Much to the delight of the home crowd, Ortiz’s teammate Catalina Rosales Montiel (9.74m) claimed silver making it a Mexican one, two whilst Brazil’s Roeane Santos (9.18m) picked up bronze.
Despite Ortiz’s success, it was very much Brazil’s day with the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games host nation wining seven gold medals out of 19 events.
The first event of the day was a two horse race between USA’s Chelsea McClammer and Mexico’s Angela Andrea Dilone in the women’s 5,000m T54. McClammer (14:07.74), a bronze medalist in yesterday’s 400m, just edged it though with Dilone (14:08.37) taking silver. Bronze went to Argentina’s Valeria Jara (15:08.20).
Brazil’s first track gold of the day came in the women’s 200m T38 when Jennifer Santos (31.01) set a new Games record to claim gold. Silver went to Canada’s Virginia McLachlan (35.41) who set a new Americas T35 record. Mexico’s Fatima del Rocio (37.46) took the bronze.
The women’s 200m T36 final witnessed an Argentinean one, two finish with Nadia Schaus (32.45) winning gold in a time that smashed the Americas record previously held by teammate Yanina Andrea Martinez (34.06) who finished with silver.
Mexico claimed its first track gold of the day in the men’s 100m T52 through Salvador Hernandez Mondragon (17.53). It was a popular victory for the home crowd who cheered him on all the way. He finished ahead of the USA’s duo of Raymond Martin (18:00) and Gianfranco Iannotta (18.55).
Ariosvaldo Fernandes Silva (15.08) secured Brazil’s second track gold of the day in the men’s 100m T53. He finished ahead of Venezuela’s Jesus Aguilar (15.52) and USA’s Zach Abbott (15.99) in silver and bronze respectively.
Cuba’s Daineris Mijan (13.00) scored her country’s first gold of the day in the women’s 100 T12 beating Brazil’s Ana Tercia Soares (13.38) into silver and Mexico’s Daniela Eugenia Velasco (13.85) into bronze.
Venezuela took gold and silver in a thrillingly close men’s 100m T12 thanks to Yoldani Silva (11.43) and Vargas L. Argenis R. (11.46). Bronze went to Mexico’s Jorge Benjamin Gonzalez Sauceda (11.56).
In the final of the men’s 100m T13, Cuba’s Luis Felipe Gutierrez (10.87) was just 0.01 seconds outside the Americas record he set in yesterday’s heats, as he stormed to gold. Silver went to Brazil’s Andre Andrade (11.14) and bronze Canada’s Braedon Samual Dolfo (11.34).
Brazil’s third gold of the day came in the men’s 100m T46 when Yohansson Nascimento (11.08) broke his own Americas record to hold off Cuba’s Raciel Gonzalez Isidoria (11.20) and USA’s Brandon Pelletier (11.42) into silver and bronze respectively.
The men’s 100m T37 saw a second gold of the day for Venezuela. Omar Monterola (11.74) smashed his own Americas record set earlier this year at the IPC Athletics World Championships to finish well ahead of Brazil’s Lucas Ferrari (12.65) and Mexico’s Benjamin Ivan Cardozo Sanchez (12.71).
Lucas Prado (11.15), Brazil’s world and Paralympic champion in the men’s 100m T11, set a Games record as he coasted to victory ahead of compatriot Daniel Silva (11.49) and Cuba’s Arian Iznaga (11.68).
Before the Parapan American Games, Brazil’s five time world champion Terezinha Guilhermina said she wanted to become the first female para-athlete to run the 100m under 12 seconds. Although she (12.41) won 100m T11 gold on Tuesday she was well outside her world record time, probably because of a taxing 400m semi-final earlier in the day. The race saw Brazil sweep all the medals with teammates Jhulia Santos (12.73) and Jerusa Geber Santos (13.17) taking silver and bronze.
Brazil’s final track gold of the day came in the men’s 400m T12. With a season’s best Thierb Siqueira (50.79) finished well ahead of the field leaving Mexico’s Jorge Benjamin Gonzalaez Sauceda (52.05) and Venezuela’s Vargas L. Argenis R (53.38) to claim silver and bronze.
The final track event of the day, the men’s 5,000m T12 was easily won Colombia’s Elkin Alonso Serna Moreno (15.45.94). Silver and bronze went to Brazil’s Alex Menconca (16.17.80) and Mexico’s Daniel Ramirez Avila (16:41.96).
In the field the men’s Javelin F54/55/56 saw two Games records broken thanks to F56 thrower Leonardo Diaz (30.51m) of Cuba, who took silver, and Mexico’s Juan Varela Osorio (24.21), an F55 thrower, who took bronze. Gold went to F54 thrower Luis Alberto Zepeda Felix (26.13m) of Mexico.
USA’s Zena Cole set a Games record in the women’s Discus F51/52/53 to take gold on points ahead of Mexico’s Estela Salas.
Brazil’s Shirlene Coelho (33.99m) claimed her second gold of the Games in the women’s Javelin F37/38 throwing a Games record. She finished well ahead of silver medalist Yomaira Cohen (26.04m) of Venezuela and USA’s Julie Crisp (22.46m) in bronze.
An Americas record in the men’s Long Jump F46 was good enough for Cuba’s Ettiam Calderon (6.81m) to take gold. Argentina claimed the remaining medals through Lucas Eqequiel Schonfeld (5.63m) and Manuel Cortajerena (5.52m).
The men’s javelin F52/53 was won by Mexico’s Mauro Maximo de Jesus (20.64m). Silver went to Jamaica’s Alphanso Cunningham (18.07m).
In total there are 111 medal events in six days of athletics competition at the Parapan American Games involving 342 athletes from 22 countries. Friday (14 November) will be the busiest day on the track and on the field with 30 gold medals up for grabs.