MEXICO WINS AT HISTORIC BARRANQUILLA CAC GAMES
Mexico completed an outstanding performance in Colombia by winning 132 gold, 118 silver and 91 bronze medals at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games, combining for a total of 341 medals. The mark earned Mexico its 11th title of the Games, while Cuba finished second in the medal standings followed by host country Colombia in third.
What had been promised by the leadership of CACSO and the Barranquilla 2018 Organizing Committee was fully delivered over two weeks of great competition in Colombia. The goal was to create the best and largest CAC Games in history, and the organizers achieved their dream.
With more than 5,000 participating athletes, high-performance sport, first-class venues and unconditional support from the people of Barranquilla who filled most of the venues, it was an undeniable festival of sport.
Of the 37 participating countries, there were three that undoubtedly made a difference. The host nation, Colombia, not only had their best athletes but also created great sporting atmospheres with incredible support by the fans; a Cuban delegation with fantastic athletes who at times did not meet their high expectations; and of course, the surprising Mexico, which from the first day of competition showed that it was coming to recover the CAC Games crown it had lost in 2010, the last year the team finished at the top of the podium at the Games held in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.
The Tricolor team excelled in a variety of sports, but their best performances came in Taekwondo, Triathlon, Swimming, Diving, BMX, Artistic Swimming, Shooting Sport and Squash, among others.
Three days before the end of the competition, Mexico outpaced all other countries in the total number of gold medals, holding 40 more than the closest competitor, Cuba.
Taking this into account, Panam Sports was the first to inform that Mexico had won its 11th CAC Games championship one day before the Barranquilla 2018 edition concluded. With one day remaining, second-place Cuba could only win a total of 35 gold medals if they finished at the top of the podium in all remaining events. Even such a herculean effort would not be enough to surpass the Mexican delegation.
The end result of this great sporting party was extremely positive. Not only did Barranquilla 2018 deliver a total of 1,458 medals to outstanding athletes, but more than one hundred of those medalists qualified for the long-awaited Lima 2019 Pan American Games.
Now these athletes can begin to prepare for the most important sporting event of the Americas that is now less than one year away.
On July 26, 2019, 7,000 athletes will give life to the second most important and massive multisport event on the planet after the Olympic Games. Lima and all of Peru are waiting for you with open arms, with facilities that will be world-class and with competition that promises to be thrilling.
The path of athletes through Americas’ regional sports festivals is almost reached its destination. The first stop was Cochabamba, Bolivia; the second, Barranquilla, Colombia; and the third and last before the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be precisely the one that takes place in the Peruvian capital. Athletes, be attentive and prepare consciously with the motivation to join the unique and great sports showcase of our continent. We wait for you in Lima 2019!
FINAL MEDAL BARRANQUILLA 2018 MEDAL TABLE
Panam Sports congratulates all the Mexican athletes and their Olympic Committee for their 11th Championship at the Central American and Caribbean Games of Barranquilla 2018.
View the final medal standings below: