Author: Lima 2019 press release Lima, 30 August 2019


The Para swimmer Rodrigo Santillán won bronze in the 100 meters backstroke S2 event (sport class for athletes with physical impairment). The Peruvian Para athlete will still compete in the 50 and 100 meters freestyle events.

Rodrigo Santillan

The 14-year-old Peruvian Para athlete Rodrigo Santillán has made his dreams come true so far after winning bronze in the 100 meters backstroke S2 event tonight. Peru won its first medal in this discipline and the seventh at the Parapan American Games. The venue for swimming has been one of the most crowded in Lima 2019.

Santillán already had an outstanding performance yesterday, when he finished fourth in the 50 meters backstroke event, only a hundredths away from the podium. This event was a lesson learned for the Peruvian Para swimmer to improve technical aspects tonight.

A polyneuropathy brought Santillán closer to swimming, when he was only twelve years old. That healing method to treat the limb motor impairment made him stronger and now he is a talent in Peruvian sport. Rodrigo reached the third place on the podium with a time of 2:35.27, improving his qualification time of 2:58.14.

Santillán competes again in the preliminary heats of the 50 meter freestyle on Friday at 22:52. The Peruvian athlete will look for a new final. Additionally, Santillán will finish his participation in Lima 2019 with the 100 m freestyle final on Saturday, at 19:07.


To the see the other competitions of Santillán, you can buy tickets with prices start at PEN 10. There will be a 50% discount for children under 18, senior citizens

and people with an impairment. Tickets can be bought at the ticket office of the VIDENA and at the 11 points of sale around the city.

Tickets can be also purchased online through, where you will also find the competition schedules. In the case of e-tickets, printing will no longer be necessary since customers can show their e-ticket from their mobile phones at the entrance of the sports venue.