Barranquilla 2018 Serves as Pan Am Games Qualifier

(ATR) Up to 500 athletes at the Central American and Caribbean Games could earn trips to the Lima 2019 Pan Ams.

(ATR) Athletes can earn tickets to the Lima 2019 Pan American Games in 16 sports during the Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia.

A spokesperson for the event confirmed to Around the Rings that athlete quotas for the Lima 2019 Pan Am Games are up for grabs in 23 disciplines. Up to 500 athletes could qualify for Lima 2019 at the Barranquilla 2018 Games that begin July 19.

ATR has seen the official package of sports offering qualifying sports for Lima 2019.

In athletics, the winners of 43 individual events as well as the top-two relay teams in the 4x100 and 4x400 meter races for both men and women will qualify for the Pan Ams. Individual disciplines such as those in cycling, shooting and wrestling will also send the gold medalists to Lima, Peru.

The sports that will allow both the gold and silver medalists to qualify include baseball, open water swimming, karate, racquetball and triathlon.

The entire podium for the team sports of water polo, synchronized swimming and handball will earn spots in the Lima 2019 tournaments.

The top-five duets in synchronized swimming will qualify for the Pan Ams, while the top-four equestrian teams and individuals in each of the three disciplines will also earn a trip to Lima. Bowling will send the entire podium as well as the fourth-place finisher.

Field hockey will also provide qualifications for Lima 2019 in Barranquilla, but the amount of teams remains to be determined. Every modern pentathlon athlete who surpasses 3,500 points will also be invited to compete in the Pan Am Games.

The Barranquilla 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games will feature six countries competing for the first time as associate members, including Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Turks and Caicos, St. Maarten and Curaçao. In total, 37 countries are expected to compete.

The Barranquilla 2018 Games will run from July 19 to Aug. 3.

Reported and written by Miguel Hernandez

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