Pan American Race Walking Cup

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The Pan American Race Walking Cup (Spanish: Copa Panamericana de Marcha) is a biennial race walking competition for athletes representing countries from the Americas, organized by the Association of Panamerican Athletics (APA) . It was established in 1984 and has featured races for senior men and women, and for junior athletes. The women competed in the 10 km road race until 1996, and then switched to the 20 km road race. In addition, there are separate team competitions. The 2001 event was held in conjunction with the South American Race Walking Cup. In 2011, the organization of the event was transferred from the Pan American Athletics Commission, a subdivision of the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO), to the newly constituted APA.

The events between 1984 and 2007 are documented in great detail in Spanish (including a lot of historical fotos) by then President of the Pan American Race Walking Committee Rubén Pedro Aguilera from Argentina and is available from the APA website.

During the 1983 Pan American Games in Caracas, Venezuela, the chief judge Palle Lassen from Denmark, then president of the IAAF race walking committee met with regional officials, namely the president of the Pan American Athletics Commission, Amadeo Francis from Puerto Rico, César Moreno Bravo from México, and Jerzy Hausleber, the famous Polish coach of the Mexican racewalkers, as well as Rubén Aguilera (Argentina), Francesco Alongi (USA), Julián Díaz Rodríguez (Cuba), José Clemente Gonçalves (Brazil), Luigi Giordano (Canada), Alfonso Marques de la Mora (México) and Oscar Suman Carrillo (Panamá). As a result, they proposed to create an international event to intensify the development of racewalking in the Americas. Further technical details for the future Pan American Race Walking Cup were cleared during the 1983 Ibero-American Championships in Athletics in Barcelona, Spain, later that year. Only one year later, the inaugural competition took place in Bucaramanga, Colombia. The site was chosen because its central location within the Americas, and moreover, race walking was already successfully practiced here.

Gold medal winners were published. The results for the Mexican athletes were published by the Federation of Mexican Athletics Associations (FMAA). On overview for the years 1984-2005 was given. Further results were assembled from other sources. More recently, complete results for the period 1984 to 2007 were published.

: In 2000, the Mexican Athletics Federation used the event as trials for the Olympic Games in Sydney. Cristian Berdeja from  Mexico started out of competition and came in third in 1:23.46.

: In 2000 Germán Sánchez from  Mexico started out of competition and came in third in 3:48:06.
: In 2003, the medallists were extracted from the IAAF World Race Walking Challenge. Winner was Jesús Ángel García from  Spain in 3:46:46. Craig Barrett from  New Zealand came in second in 3:51:15. Miguel Solís from  Mexico was 5th in 4:18:02, Juan Emilio Toscano from  Mexico was 6th in 4:18:52, and Saúl Méndez also from  Mexico was 7th in 4:19:12, but all three of them were not registered for participation at the Pan American Race Walking Cup. However, there are conflicting information: another source declares Miguel Solís from  Mexico as bronze medal winner.

This page was last edited on 29 March 2018, at 13:18.
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