1979 Pan American Games

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VIII Pan American Games
1979 Pan American Games logo.svg
HostSan Juan, Puerto Rico
Nations participating34
Athletes participating3,700
Events250 in 24 sports
Opening ceremonyJuly 1
Closing ceremonyJuly 15
Officially opened byGovernor Carlos Romero Barceló
Cauldron lighterCynthia Guadalupe
Main venueHiram Bithorn Stadium

The 1979 Pan American Games (Spanish: Juegos Panamericanos de 1979), officially the VIII Pan American Games were a multi-sport event governed by the Panam Sports Organization, and were held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from July 1 to July 15, 1979. The 1980 documentary film A Step Away showcased a number of athletes competing in the Games.

Bidding process[edit]

On May 31, 1973, San Juan was the only candidate city to host the games and was selected to host the VIII Pan American Games by PASO at its general assembly in Santiago, Chile.[1][2][3]

The Games[edit]


Medal count[edit]

1 United States1269545266
2 Cuba644734145
3 Canada244371138
4 Argentina1271736
5 Brazil9131739
Totals (5 nations)235205184624

^ The medal count for Canada is disputed.


Coqui, the first Pan American Games mascot

The 1979 Games were the first one to feature a mascot, which was a running frog holding a torch named Coqui.[4]


  1. ^ "Belle Époque: San Juan 1979". ESPN Deportes (in Spanish). 4 July 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Los VIII Juegos Panamericanos de San Juan son un evento que no se olvida" [The VIII Pan-American Games of San Juan is an event that is not forgotten]. Primera Hora (in Spanish). 30 June 2009. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Puerto Rico hará Panamericanos" [Puerto Rico has Panamerican]. El Tiempo (in Spanish). Santiago, Chile. Associated Press. 1 June 1973. p. 1-C. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  4. ^ "PAN AMERICAN GAMES SAN JUAN 1979 - MEDALS TABLE PAN AM 1979 - Pan American Games - San Juan Puerto Rico 1979". Quadrodemedalhas.com. Retrieved 1 December 2017.

External links[edit]

Preceded by VIII Pan American Games
San Juan

Succeeded by