Panama at the Olympics

The Central American of country Panama has participated in 12 Summer Olympic Games, making its debut at the 1928 edition of the Olympics. The nation has never taken part in the Winter Games. The nation already collected 3 medals (one gold and two bronzes).

Irving Jahir Saladino Aranda won Panama’s first and only gold medal at the Olympics in the athletics’ long jump event. He also won the World Championships in 2007. He participated at the Olympics three times (2004 to 2012) at the World Championships four times (2005 to 2011).

Lloyd Barrington La Beach, is the other Panamanian competitor that won at least one medal. Specializing in sprint, La Beach won the first Olympic medal for Central America and Panama. He captured two bronze medals in the men’s 100-m and 200-m events. He was also entered in the long jump but wounded up empty handed.

In the ongoing Olympic Games that are being held in Rio Janeiro, the nation fielded 10 athletes in seven sports. The nation’s flag bearer is Alonso Edward who reached final and finished seventh in the 200-m event that was won by athletics superstar, Usain Bolt of Jamaica.


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