- Peru and Brazil are the first to win gold medals at the PASA Games Panama 2022
- Argentina and Puerto Rico also obtained medals on this third day of competition
- The Open Men category debuted today with a perfect score of 10
- Photo gallery of the day HERE
The PASA Games Panama 2022 crowned the first 2022 Pan American Champions of the event on its third day of competition.
The SUP Races for both men and women delivered the first Gold Medals of the event, won by Itzel Delgado from Peru and Lena Guimaraes from Brazil.
The day began with the men’s SUP Race, where 22 athletes from twelve countries faced the conditions of the sea and themselves to define the Medalists of this discipline.
After the start, the leaders of the group were quickly defined with Peruvian Delgado and David Leao from Brazil.
At the end of the race, Delgado commented: “I am happy to win my third Pan American title here in Panama. It was a very tough race with a lot of fighting and a lot of strategy. I am also very happy to give this victory to Peru”.
Delgado closed the race with a time of 37 minutes and 36 seconds, while Leao stopped the clock at 37 minutes and 38 seconds. Third was Franco Fachin from Argentina with a time of 38:31 and fourth was Omelv García from Puerto Rico with 39:06.
Men’s SUP Race Final Results
The women’s race had the participation of 20 athletes from ten countries.
The athlete Juliana Gonzales from Argentina held the lead for a good part of the race, but Guimaraes was behind her, advancing positions and catching up little by little, in a demonstration of her great strength.
For the final buoy turn, Gonzales was still in the lead, followed a few meters behind by Guimaraes. When they entered the section with waves, the Argentine lost her balance when riding a wave and suffered a strong fall, while behind her the Brazilian took advantage of the same wave that threw Gonzales to pass her and take the Gold.
Guimaraes closed with a time of 41:12, Gonzales with 42.28. In third place and winner of the Bronze Medal was Natalia de la Lama also from Argentina with 42:38 and the fourth position and Copper Medal went to Aline Adisaka with a time of 42:55.
Guimaraes indicated: “I had a very bad start and so I had very rough race. In the end I was blessed with a wave to win. This is for Brazil!”
Women’s SUP Race Final Results
After the SUP Races, it was the turn for the Open Men category to debut at the PASA Games Panama 2022 and also had the first perfect wave of the event by Deivid Silva from Brazil.
In addition to the perfect 10, Silva added a wave of 9.00 points for a total sum of 19.00 points out of a possible 20 in his Heat. With this impressive score he beat Carlos Pérez from Venezuela (9.13 points) who advanced in second position to Round 2. Romeo Chávez from Colombia (8.40pts) and Oscar Guzmán from Nicaragua (6.80pts) bid farewell to the competition.
Other highlights in the category were the local Tao Rodríguez from Panama with a total of 15.27 points and Joaquín del Castillo from Peru with 15.16.
This day had the Semifinals of the Women’s and Men’s Longboard categories scheduled to take place, but the event directors decided to postpone the heats for tomorrow, due to the conditions with few waves at the end of the afternoon at Venao beach.
The competition continues tomorrow from 8:00 am with the definition of the most Pan American champions of the PASA Games 2022:
- Women’s Longboard Semifinals
- Men’s Longboard Semifinals
- Round 1 Open Women (short board)
- Women’s SUP Surf Final
- Men’s SUP Surfing Final
Follow the event live on pasasurf.org and on the Pan Am Sports channels.
This event is possible thanks to
- AUTORIDAD DE TURISMO DE PANAMA
- PSYCHO TUNA
- COPA AIRLINES
- TELEMETRO RADIO
- RPC RADIO
- SÚPER DEPORTES
- SELINA PANAMÁ
This category is the most innovative and modern in Surfing. When qualifying a wave, the judges analyze elements such as commitment and degree of difficulty, they look for innovative and progressive maneuvers, a wide variety of these maneuvers, all with speed, strength and flow.
As in all wave riding disciplines, judges award from 0.1 to 10 points for an athlete’s performance on the wave. The judges adapt the qualification criteria according to the sea conditions, always requiring the athletes to demonstrate their skills regardless of the quality of the waves.