Host Colombia in second place of medal count at 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games
Colombia is trying to catch up to Mexico in the overall medal count as hosts in this year’s Central American and Caribbean Games from Barranquilla, Colombia.
Mexico has made its mark after five days of competition with 46 gold medals and 125 medals won overall heading into Tuesday. Mexican athletes are far outpacing hosts Colombia (36 gold; 91 overall) and third-place Cuba (25 gold; 70 overall).
Among notable competitions, Colombian competitors have won gold in men’s team artistic gymnastics, men’s individual road cycling, women’s 1-meter springboard diving, as well as a variety of roller speed skating and swimming competitions.
Here is how the medal count looks going into Tuesday:
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On Monday, Colombian weightlifter Mercedes Isabel Pérez won gold in her competition. The women’s basketball team also topped Puerto Rico 63 – 59 to advance to the gold medal game Tuesday night against Cuba.
The games that take place every four years involve 37 countries from across Central America, the Caribbean, and the South American countries that share a Caribbean coast.
The 2014 games were held in Veracruz, Mexico and the then-hosts won the overall medal count by nearly 80 medals, although Mexico came in second place in gold medal count to Cuba.
This year’s games will continue until Aug. 3 with the closing ceremony on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. You can stream the rest of the competitions live from your computer at the Central American and Caribbean Games’ official site.
*A version of this article was originally published on our sister site Aztec Reports.