- 1971 Pan American Games
Pan American Games|1971
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Nations participating = 32
Athletes participating = 4,000 [http://www.time.com/time/printout/0,8816,877215,00.html The Pain-Am Games] ]
Events = 17 sports
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30 July 1971
Closing ceremony =
13 August 1971
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Pan American Gameswere held in Cali, Colombia, from July 30to August 13, 1971. (One source dates the Games from July 25 to August 8.) The then called "Salsa World Capital", located at the foot of the Andes Mountains, hosted a total of 2,935 athletes from 32 countries, who participated in seventeen sports. (One source says 4,000 athletes) The highlight of the opening ceremony was a synchronized dance routine involving 12,000 young girls dressed in native costumes.
Host city election
At the 1967 PASO meeting in
Winnipeg, Cali narrowly beat out Champ, Missouri(Near St. Louis), USA, for the right to host the sixth Pan American Games.
*Cuban triple jumper
Pedro Pirez Duenaset a world record with a jump of 17.40m, besting previous record by Soviet Victor Sanciev.
Jamaica's Donald Quarriewon the gold medal in the 100m and 200m races.
Cubaranked second in overall medals by winning titles in baseballand women and men's volleyball. It came second in water poloand third in basketball, eliminating the United Statesfor the first time in the history of the games. [http://www.kyokushincanada.com/panamgames/PanamWinnipeg.htm History of the Pan Am Games] ]
Boxingwas staged in a Cali bullring. Some complaints were made about the barracks-style housing, which was woefully overcrowded. In an effort to protect the athletes from students who had protested the amount of money that Colombia was spending on the games, security-minded officials surrounded the athletes' village with barbed wire and guards carrying rifles. The overcrowding caused it to be dubbed "Claustrophobia Manor" by the athletes. Other concerns centered on mosquitoes, the altitude, faulty plumbing, dysentery and pickpockets.
Although the usually dominant U.S. team did manage to win heavily in athletics and women's
gymnastics, Argentina and Brazil pulled surprise wins in rowing, as did Cuba in basketball. The United States acknowledged despite their strong team, other nations had markedly improved and that there would be a more even distribution of medals.
"Host country in bold."
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