A Peruvian Para athlete has the opportunity to be considered as the best Parapan American Games athlete. The Americas Paralympic Committee (APC) revealed its list to choose the Best Male Athlete in August, considering the performances at the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games.
Rosbil Guillén is on this list. He won the gold medal in Para athletics at Lima 2019 in 1500 meters and also had the chance to win another gold medal in the 5000 m, but was disqualified due to an error at the end of the race. The best male Para athlete will be selected through the public’s votes. You can cast your vote here: Https://www.paralympic.org/americas-paralympic-committee. and support the Peruvian Para athlete so that he is selected as the best of Lima 2019. You have until Friday, October 11.
APC decided to change the vote, in lieu of the Americas Athlete of the Month award for August, there will be three different categories: Best Female Athlete, Best Male Athlete and Best Team, based on results obtained at the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games.
Recently, Colombian 12-year-old Para swimmer Sara Vargas was named Lima 2019 Best Female Athlete, after winning four golds and one silver at the Parapan American Games. Peruvian athlete Angélica Espinoza was also a candidate and finished fifth in the ranking.
THE CANDIDATES FOR BEST MALE ATHLETE ARE:
Rosbil Guillén, Peru, Para athletics
Won a redemptive gold in the men’s 1500 m T11 (event for Para athletes with visual impairment with a guide) following his disqualification after finishing first in the 5000 m final
Gustavo Fernández, Argentina, wheelchair tennis
World No. 1 did not disappoint and won gold both in the singles and doubles, defeating his rivals.
Carson Sanocki, USA, Para swimming
At 20 years old, enjoyed successful Games in Lima by winning two golds, one silver and one bronze.
Alberto Abarza, Chile, Para swimming
Had a performance to remember in the pool with three golds and two silvers to finish as his country’s most decorated athlete.
Akeem Stewart, Trinidad & Tobago, Para athletics
Won gold in discus F64 with a 63.70 world record throw; he also added silver in the javelin to his tally.
Javier Serna-Marlon Pérez, Colombia, Para cycling
Secured double titles on Peruvian soil, in time trial and B race.
Herbert Aceituno, El Salvador, Para powerlifting
Claimed his country’s first Parapan American gold in 20 years by topping the podium in the up to 65 kg.
Henry Borges, Uruguay, judo
Defended the men’s up to 60 kg title he had won at Toronto 2015 and gave Uruguay the only gold in Lima.
Raúl Anguiano, Guatemala, Para badminton
Became a celebrity in his country overnight by winning Guatemala’s first Parapan title ever in singles SL4.
Eduardo Ávila Sánchez, Mexico, judo
Rose to the challenge by taking the men’s up to 81 kg gold.
The nominations were compiled from submissions by National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) from across the continent.
The 2019 Americas Athlete of the Month winners are:
• January – Johanna Sossa and Johana Martinez, Colombia, wheelchair tennis
• February – Rebeca Valenzuela Alvarez, Mexico, athletics
• March – Matias Pino, Chile, table tennis
• April – Daniel Martins, Brazil, athletics
• May – Sherman Guity, Costa Rica, athletics
• June – Luis Flores, Chile, table tennis
• July – Juan Carlos Garrido, Chile, powerlifting
• August (Lima 2019 Best Female Athlete) – Sara Vargas, Colombia, swimming
SOURCE: With information from the Americas Paralympic Committee.