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Guatemala Map

Official Language: Spanish
Anthem: Himno Nacional de Guatemala
Websites: cog.org.gt/paralympic.org/guatemala


Parapan Am

Guatemala first competed at the Parapan Am Games at Rio de Janeiro 2007, sending athletes to compete in athletics and wheelchair tennis.

The Central American country sent 28 athletes to Guadalajara 2011, competing in athletics, judo, powerlifting, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis.

Guatemala has yet to win a medal at the Parapan Am Games coming into TORONTO 2015.


Pan Am

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Guatemala participated at the first Pan Am Games at Buenos Aires 1951, winning three bronze medals.

In its Pan Am Games history, Guatemala has won 62 medals – the majority of them in athletics, karate, taekwondo and badminton – placing them fourteenth on the all-time Pan Am Games medals list.

The country’s best performance came at Guadalajara 2011 with 15 medals, including seven gold. Among the gold medal performances were Erick Barrondo in men’s 20 km race walk, Ana Sofia Gomez in women’s gymnastics and Maria Castellanos in women’s karate.

Badminton player Kevin Cordon will be one to watch at TORONTO 2015. A singles gold medallist at Guadalajara 2011 and singles silver medallist at Rio de Janeiro 2007, he also competed at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games.