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Panama at the 2016 Summer Paralympics

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Panama at the
2016 Summer Paralympics
Flag of Panama.svg
IPC codePAN
NPCParalympic Committee of Panama
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors2 in 1 sports
Flag bearer Francisco Cedeno Almengor
Medals
Gold
0
Silver
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Bronze
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Total
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Summer Paralympics appearances

Panama sent a delegation to compete at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 7–18 September 2016. This was the nation's seventh time competing in the Summer Paralympic Games after it first entered the movement at the 1992 Summer Paralympics. The Panamanian delegation to Rio de Janeiro consisted of two athletes: shot put thrower Francisco Cedeño Almengor and javelin thrower Iveth Valdes Romero. Almengor ranked eleventh out of twelve athletes in the men's shot put F54–55 competition and Romero placed in the same position in the women's javelin F55–F56 event.

Background[edit]

Panama first entered the Paralympic movement at the 1992 Summer Paralympics in Barcelona, Spain, and the country has participated in every Summer Paraympic Games since.[1] This made Rio de Janeiro their seventh appearance at a Summer Paralympiad.[1] Entering the Rio Paralympics, Panama has won eight Paralympic medals but none since the 2004 Athens Summer Games.[2] The 2016 Summer Paralympics were held from 7–18 September 2016 with a total of 4,328 athletes representing 159 National Paralympic Committees taking part.[3] The Panamanian delegation to Rio de Janeiro was announced by the Paralympic Committee of Panama on 29 July 2016.[4] It consisted of two athletes: shot put thrower Francisco Cedeño Almengor and javelin thrower Iveth Valdes Romero.[2] They were joined by chef de mission Yanelis Rodríguez, Paralympic Committee of Panama technical director Ana de Girón and coaches Andrés Rodríguez and Orestes Pérez.[2] The delegation travelled to Rio de Janeiro on the afternoon of 31 August.[5][6] Almengor was chosen to be the Panamanian flag bearer at the parade of nations for the opening ceremony.[6]

Disability classifications[edit]

Every participant at the Paralympics has their disability grouped into one of five disability categories; amputation, the condition may be congenital or sustained through injury or illness; cerebral palsy; wheelchair athletes, there is often overlap between this and other categories; visual impairment, including blindness; Les autres, any physical disability that does not fall strictly under one of the other categories, for example dwarfism or multiple sclerosis.[7][8] Each Paralympic sport then has its own classifications, dependent upon the specific physical demands of competition. Events are given a code, made of numbers and letters, describing the type of event and classification of the athletes competing. Some sports, such as athletics, divide athletes by both the category and severity of their disabilities, other sports, for example swimming, group competitors from different categories together, the only separation being based on the severity of the disability.[9]

Athletics[edit]

Francisco Cedeño Almengor is paralyzed from the waist down due to spinal cord injuries he sustained by a June 2003 automobile accident caused by an intoxicated driver in La Chorrera and he has used a wheelchair since.[2][10] He is classified as F55 by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and competes in a sitting position.[11] Almengor was 37 years old at the time of the Rio Paralympics and it was his first time competing in any Paralympic Games.[2] He earned qualification to the Games because his throw of 9.44 metres in the men's shot put F54–55 at the 2015 Parapan American Games was 0.44 metres better than the "B" qualifying standard for that discipline.[12] Before the Paralympics, Almengor said to La Prensa that he did not wish to predict the result of his event but promised to perform to the best of his ability.[13] On 16 September, he took part in the men's shot put F54–55 competition, finishing eleventh out of twelve athletes who started the event, with a throw of 9.16 metres.[n 1][15][14]

Iveth Valdes Romero was 39 years old at the time of the Rio Summer Paralympics and was also debuting in the Paralympic Games.[16] She was left paralyzed from the waist down after an automobile driven by an allegedly intoxicated driver collided with her vehicle and sent it down a ravine in Campana on 19 July 2009.[2] Romero is classified as F56 by the IPC and competes in a sitting position.[16] She qualified for the Games by receiving a wild card invitation because her throw of 11 metres in the women's javelin F55–F56 was a metre off the "B" qualifying standard for her event.[2][17] Romero stated before the Paralympics that while she was nervous about competing, she promised to perform to the best of her ability,[16] and vowed to improve her personal best mark.[18] On 10 September, she competed in the women's javelin F55–F56 event.[18] Romero was given three attempts to set a mark and her best throw was set during her first try at 13.57 metres.[19] This ranked her in eleventh place out of twelve participants.[19]

Men's Field[edit]

Athlete Events Result Rank
Francisco Cedeño Almengor Shot Put F54–55 9.16 11

Women's Field[edit]

Athlete Events Result Rank
Iveth Valdes Romero Javelin F55–56 13.57 11

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ One athlete, Ricardo Nunes, did not start.[14]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g Calvo, Rafael (29 August 2016). "Dos atletas panameños competirán en los Paralímpicos de Brasil, aquí sus historias". La Prensa (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 23 February 2018. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Rio 2016". International Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 20 July 2018. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  4. ^ "More delegations announced for Rio 2016". International Paralympic Committee. 29 July 2016. Archived from the original on 30 July 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  5. ^ E. Rodríguez, Tomás (29 August 2016). "Francisco Cedeño recibe tricolor nacional para los Juegos Paralímpicos" (in Spanish). TVMax. Archived from the original on 24 October 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  6. ^ a b Ramos, Johanni (29 August 2016). "Delegación panameña recibe el pabellón nacional para los Juegos Paralímpicos" (in Spanish). Telemetro. Archived from the original on 2 September 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  7. ^ McGarry, Andrew (3 September 2008). "Paralympics categories explained". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 12 September 2008. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Making sense of the categories". BBC Sport. 6 October 2000. Archived from the original on 28 May 2008. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  9. ^ "A-Z of Paralympic classification". BBC Sport. 28 August 2008. Archived from the original on 24 July 2009. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  10. ^ A. Santos, Vactor (3 May 2006). "Con fe y persevarancia todo es posible". Panamá América (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 21 October 2018. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Francisco Leonardo Cedeño Almengor – Athlete Bio". International Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 21 October 2018. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  12. ^ Saldaña G., Cecilio (18 August 2015). "Panameño Francisco Cedeño gana cupo a Paraolimpiadas Río 2016" (in Spanish). RPC-TV. Archived from the original on 16 December 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  13. ^ Calvo, Rafael (13 September 2016). "Francisco Cedeño promete su máximo esfuerzo en los Juegos Paralímpicos". La Prensa (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 18 October 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  14. ^ a b "Leichtathletik, Kugelstoßen, F54/F55 – sitzend, MännerWettkampf" (in German). Sportschau. 16 September 2016. Archived from the original on 17 November 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  15. ^ Adonican, Rogelio (17 September 2016). "Cedeño lo entregó todo por Panamá". Dia a Dia (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 21 October 2018. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  16. ^ a b c Calvo, Rafael (9 September 2016). "Paralímpicos panameños afinan su técnica en Río de Janeiro". La Prensa (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 14 November 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  17. ^ "Rio 2016 Paralympic Games – Qualification Guide" (PDF). International Paralympic Committee. May 2016. Archived (PDF) from the original on 10 May 2017. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  18. ^ a b "La panameña Iveth Valdés ocupó el 11vo lugar en lanzamiento de jabalina". Metro Libre (in Spanish). 10 September 2016. Archived from the original on 21 October 2018. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  19. ^ a b "Panameña Ivette Valdés cumple con su participación en los Paralímpicos" (in Spanish). TVMax. 10 September 2016. Archived from the original on 9 November 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2018.