1979 Pan American Games

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VIII Pan American Games
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Official logo of the
San Juan 1979 Pan American Games.
Host city San Juan
Country Puerto Rico
Nations participating 34
Athletes participating 3,700
Events 250 in 24 sports
Opening ceremony July 1
Closing ceremony July 15
Officially opened by Governor Carlos Romero Barceló
Main venue Hiram Bithorn Stadium
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The 8th Pan American Games were held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from July 1 to July 15, 1979. The 1980 documentary film A Step Away showcased a number of athletes competing in the Games.

Medal count[edit]

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1 United States (USA)1269545266
2 Cuba (CUB)644734145
3 Canada (CAN)244371138
4 Argentina (ARG)1271736
5 Brazil (BRA)9131739
Totals (5 nations)235205184624


^ The medal count for Canada is disputed.



The 1979 Games were the first one to feature a mascot, which was a running frog holding a torch named Coqui.[1]


  1. ^ "PAN AMERICAN GAMES SAN JUAN 1979 - MEDALS TABLE PAN AM 1979 - Pan American Games - San Juan Puerto Rico 1979". Quadrodemedalhas.com. Retrieved 1 December 2017.