1963 Pan American Games medal table

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The 1963 Pan American Games, officially known as the IV Pan American Games, was a continental multi-sport event held in São Paulo, Brazil, from April 20 to May 5, 1963.[1] At the Games, 1,665 athletes selected from 22 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) participated in events in 19 sports.[1] Eighteen nations earned medals during the competition and eleven won at least one gold. Barbados, debuting at the Pan American Games, won its first medals (three bronze), while British Guiana won its first ever gold medal.[2] Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Nicaragua and Paraguay did not send athletes to São Paulo, making it the Games with the lowest number of competitors in history.[3]

Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Guatemala, the Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela improved their position in the general medal table compared to the 1959 Pan American Games.[4] The United States led the medal counts for the third consecutive time, winning a total of 199 medals (106 gold, 56 silver and 37 bronze).[A][4][5] Competitors from the host nation, Brazil, won 14 gold medals, 20 silver medals and 18 bronze medals, finishing the Games in second and marking the country's best performance to date, as well as its highest-ever position in the medal table.[6]

Judo made its debut in the Pan American Games with only eleven competing athletes from three countries.[1] The United States dominated the competition, winning three of the four categories.[3] Brazil, as the host, was allowed to compete in all sports, bringing 385 athletes to the Games.[1] Brazilians won more medals in boxing than in any other sport (three gold, five silver and one bronze), followed by athletics (two silver and six bronze) and tennis (three gold).[3]

Medal table[edit]

Photo of a volleyball match.

The ranking in this table is based on medal counts published by several media organizations and according to information provided by some NOCs, such as the Brazilian Olympic Committee (BOC). However, there were no details regarding the number of events or the discrepancy between the number of gold, silver and bronze medals. By default, the table is ordered by the number of gold medals won by the athletes representing a nation. (In this context, a nation is an entity represented by a NOC). The number of silver medals is taken into consideration next and then the number of bronze medals. If nations are still tied, equal ranking is given and they are listed alphabetically by IOC country code.

The map of the Americas to the right is based on the distribution of medals according to the same sources and information used in the development of the medal table. It represents the highest achievements of all participating nations at the fourth edition of the Pan American Games, which are denoted by IOC country code. Non-participating countries or territories located in the Americas are coloured in lavander. The location of the host city, São Paulo, is pointed by a yellow square.

Key to symbols in the table
§ Host nation
Debuting nation
First ever gold medal
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Key to symbols in the map
At least one gold medal
At least one silver medal
At least one bronze medal
No single medal

Click on the icon to sort the table by nation, total medal count, or any other column. If the icon does not appear, click on the column-header.

List of medal-winning nations, showing the number of gold, silver, and bronze medals each of them won, and the total thereof
 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States (USA) [A] 106 56 37 199
2  Brazil (BRA) [§] 14 20 18 52
3  Canada (CAN) [B] 11 27 26 64
4  Argentina (ARG) [C] 8 15 16 39
5  Cuba (CUB) 4 6 4 14
6  Uruguay (URU) 4 1 8 13
7  Venezuela (VEN) 3 5 9 17
8  Mexico (MEX) 2 8 15 25
9  Chile (CHI) 2 2 6 10
10  Trinidad and Tobago (TRI) 1 1 2 4
11  Guyana (GUY) [‡] 1 0 0 1
12  Netherlands Antilles (AHO) 0 4 2 6
13  Jamaica (JAM) 0 2 2 4
13  Puerto Rico (PUR) 0 2 2 4
15  Guatemala (GUA) 0 2 0 2
16  Panama (PAN) 0 1 3 4
17  Peru (PER) 0 1 1 2
18  Barbados (BAR) [†] 0 0 3 3
Total [D] 156 153 154 463


  • A Some sources appoint that the United States earned 109 gold medals and 36 bronze medals, instead of 106 and 37, respectively. This would result in a total of 201 medals, instead of 199.[3][7]
  • B Some sources appoint that Canada earned 10 gold medals and 25 bronze medals, instead of 11 and 26, respectively. This would result in a total of 62 medals, instead of 64.[3][7]
  • C Some sources appoint that Argentina earned 20 bronze medals, instead of 16. This would result in a total of 43 medals, instead of 39.[3][7]
  • D Therefore, according to some sources, 158 gold medals and 156 bronze medals were awarded during the Games, instead of 156 and 154, respectively. This would result in a total of 467 medals awarded, instead of 463.[3][7]


  1. ^ a b c d "São Paulo 1963", Brazil at the Games (in Portuguese), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Brazilian Olympic Committee, retrieved October 30, 2011. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Harris, Alan (September 20, 2011), "Pan Am medal prospects not looking good", The Barbados Advocate, retrieved October 30, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g São Paulo – 1963 (in Portuguese), São Paulo, Brazil: Folha de S.Paulo, retrieved October 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Chicago, 1959 (in Portuguese), São Paulo, Brazil: Universo Online, retrieved October 30, 2011. 
  5. ^ Mexico City, 1955 (in Portuguese), São Paulo, Brazil: Universo Online, retrieved October 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ São Paulo 1963 (in Portuguese), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Brazilian Olympic Committee, archived from the original on April 25, 2012, retrieved October 30, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d Pan Ams Timeline (in Portuguese), São Paulo, Brazil: R7.com, retrieved October 30, 2011. 

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