The last version of the Pan American Games and the Parapan American Games are taking place in Toronto city, Canada. Athletes and sportspeople from all over America compete until July 26th to win medals while representing their countries. Chile is taking part in this version with 169 participants, 104 men and 65 women. The country already has its first ten medals, which puts it in the eighth place in the medal count. In addition, it counts with several outstanding performances.
The first athlete to win a gold medal was Bárbara Riveros in the triathlon category. The 27-year-old Chilean has an extensive prize winning career for the country, which includes a gold medal in the South American Games in Santiago 2014, and four medals in Medellín 2010, among others. The roller skater from Cerro Navia district, Emanuelle Silva, won the second gold medal for Chile in the 200m roller speed skate category with a mark of 16.138 seconds. María José Moya, a twice world champion, won the bronze medal in the female version of the category.
The rowing category has been the most successful for national sportspeople. Felipe Leal and Óscar Vásquez won the third gold medal for its male version. In addition, the sisters born in Concepción, Antonia and Melita Abraham, won the first silver medal in the double scull category, and Soraya Jadue won a bronze medal in single sculls. After winning the medal, Jadue announced her retirement from rowing. In the same way, the Chilean team of quadruple sculls won the bronze medal.
Another medal winner is Fernanda Valdés, who achieved second place and won a silver medal in weightlifting category. She defended her title, which she won in Guadalajara city in 2011.
Chile has competed in all Pan American Games since its first version in Uruguay in 1951, and it has never been out of the medal count. The current record corresponds to Guadalajara 2011, where the national team won 43 medals, including the first gold medal in swimming by Kristel Köbrich. It is expected that Toronto 2015 brings more victories for Chilean sports.