1959 Pan American Games
|III Pan American Games|
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Chicago 1959 Pan American Games.
|Events||166 in 18 sports|
|Opening ceremony||August 27|
|Closing ceremony||September 7|
|Officially opened by||President Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|Main venue||Soldier Field|
The 3rd Pan American Games were held in Chicago August 28 – September 7, 1959.
The games were originally awarded to Cleveland. Cleveland withdrew from hosting the games due to financial reasons. The original backup-host, Guatemala, withdrew even before Cleveland did so. Sao Paolo, Brazil and Chicago competed to replace Cleveland as the host of the Pan American Games. Chicago defeated Sao Paolo 13-6 in the Pan American Games Committee vote held August 3, 1957. Sao Paolo later would go on to host the following edition of the Pan American Games.
Once Chicago took over the game following Cleveland's withdrawal, there were 18 months left to organize the games. The games were held on-schedule nonetheless. The games were the first Pan American Games to be held in the Northern Hemisphere's summer. The previous two editions were held in March.
To sort this table by nation, total medal count, or any other column, click on the icon next to the column title.
|1||United States (USA) 1 a||115/ 122||69/ 73||52/ 54||236/ 249|
|2||Argentina (ARG) a||9||19/ 22||11/ 12||39/ 43|
|4||Mexico (MEX) a||6||11||12/ 13||29/ 30|
|5||Canada (CAN) a||5/ 7||19/ 21||24/ 28||48/ 56|
Sports and Venues
- Athletics at Soldier Field 
- Baseball at Wrigley Field and Comiskey Park
- Basketball at Alumni Gymnasium (Mens) and Oak Park High School (Women's)
- Cycling Gately Stadium (temporary venue) (Track Cycling) 
- Diving at Portage Park
- Football (soccer)
- Gymnastics at Navy Pier
- Modern Pentathlon at Waukegan Shooting Range (shooting), Great Lakes Naval Training Center (fencing), Independence Grove (equestrian show-jumping and cross-country running), and Portage Park (swimming)
- Rowing in the Cal-Sag Channel
- Sailing in Lake Michigan
- Swimming at Portage Park
- Tennis at Lincoln Park Tennis Club
- Volleyball at Proviso High School
- Wrestling at Reavis High School
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