Author: Lima 2019 press release Lima, 8 August 2019


Women make up 48% of the Peruvian team participating in the Pan American Games.


Over the years, female athletes have brought many victories and a great deal of happiness to their countries with their outstanding results in several disciplines.

The Lima 2019 Pan American Games are no exception, as female athletes have given top-class performances, making their countries very proud.

This multi-sports event has a total of 6452 athletes from 41 countries: 3480 men and 2972 women. In other words, male and female athletes make up 54% and 46% of the total, respectively.

In terms of individual delegations, Paraguay is the country featuring the largest proportion of women at 65.8%, followed by Canada at 58.75% and Haiti at 57.1%.

Women’s presence in the Peruvian delegation is also very significant. The Peruvian National Team comprises 593 athletes: 311 male and 282 female. This is to say, men and women make up 52% and 48% respectively.

Conversely, Suriname is the country with the smallest women’s delegation, as females only constitute 14.3% of the total.

Regarding the number of female athletes per delegation, the largest figures belong to the largest delegations. Namely, the USA has 313 female athletes, while Canada and Mexico feature 281 and 248 women, respectively. At the other end is the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines delegation, which only features one woman.

As for sports disciplines, athletics features 296 women, followed by swimming (156), football (144), hockey (128), handball (112), volleyball and basketball (96 each), artistic swimming (80), weightlifting (62), beach volleyball (32) and bodybuilding (16).

The proportion of female athletes per discipline is as follows: 100% in artistic swimming and rhythmic gymnastics, 50.4% in karate, 50.2% in football, 50% in volleyball, beach volleyball, basketball and bodybuilding, 49.6% in weightlifting, 47.1% in athletics, 32.8% in boxing, among others.

Peruvian Female Medalists

Peru has performed well at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games after reaching the podium in several disciplines and picking up medals in women’s events.

The first woman to win a gold medal was Gladys Tejeda, after an impressive marathon on Saturday, July 27. She was followed by Kimberly García, who took home the silver medal in the women’s 20 km race walk.

Another winner is Marcela Castillo, who scored 7.530 in women’s taekwondo poomsae, reaching the silver medal.

On Sunday, July 28, Ariana Vera claimed the bronze medal in mixed pairs taekwondo poomsae, together with Renzo Saux. In mixed doubles tennis, Anastasia Iamachkine also won a bronze medal, together with Sergio Galdós.

Natalia Cuglievan won the fourth gold medal for Peru at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games. The water skier bagged the gold medal in the trick event after an exciting final, held at Laguna Bujama.

Another win for Peruvian female athletes was in surfing, as 17-year-old Daniella Rosas won the women’s open surfing event after defeating Ecuadorian Dominic Barona. Daniella scored 13.93 points, while her rival only managed 12.50.

As for silver medals, these went to Vania Torres in SUP surfing and María Fernanda Reyes in longboard.

International Female Medalists

International female athletes who have won medals include American Bethany Sachtleben, who claimed the silver medal in women’s marathon, while Colombian Angie Orjuela Soche was awarded with the bronze medal.

In water skiing, American Erika Lange won the silver medal and Canadian Louise Rini Paige managed to get the bronze.

Weightlifting saw Dominican Beatriz Piron clinch the gold. In artistic roller skating, Brazilian Bruna Wurts picked up the gold medal. The triathlon gold medal went to Lusia Baptista, also from Brazil. In shooting, Cuban Laina Pérez and Ecuadorian Andrea Pérez were awarded with gold and silver, respectively.

In bowling, American pair Stefanie Johnson and Shanon Okeefe clinched the gold, while Mexicans Iliana Lomeli and Miriam Zetter managed to get the silver medal.

Female athletes have proved to be outstanding sports achievers at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games, which are being held in Peru until August 11.