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 to have won a medal. Specializing in sprinting, 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 wound up empty handed.
At the Rio Olympic Games, the nation fielded 10 athletes in seven sports. The nation’s flag bearer was Alonso Edward who reached final and finished seventh in the 200-m event that was won by athletics superstar, Usain Bolt of Jamaica.
- Lloyd LaBeach of Panama became his nation’s first Olympic medalist with a bronze in the 100m and 200m in London 1948.