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Four Pan American athletes who can become stars

Four Pan American athletes who can become stars

Posted by PanamericanWorld on July 13, 2015

Athletes from 41 countries are competing in the Pan Am Games. Here are some whose names you may not know, but whose performances could be memorable:

Isaquias Queiroz Dos Santos

Country:Brazil

Event:Canoe

When:Tuesday at 9:35 a.m.

Where:Welland Pan Am Flatwater Centre

He beat Mark Oldershaw in the men’s C-1 1,000-metre canoe Monday, and on Tuesday Queiroz Dos Santos will go for his second medal of the games in the men’s C-1 200. Watch for his passionate fans as much as Queiroz Dos Santos himself.

Walter Fernando Perez

Country:Argentina

Event:Cycling

When:Events run Thursday to Sunday

Where:Cisco Milton Pan Am/Parapan Am Velodrome

Perez, 40, has been competing for more than two decades. He already has two Pan Am gold medals — and its Olympic counterpart — to his name, so Perez knows what he’s doing.

Ines Melchor

Country:Peru

Event:Women’s Marathon

When:Saturday at 7 a.m.

Where:Ontario Place West Channel

Peru is hanging their hope on Melchor, 28 and arguably the most popular athlete representing her country at these games, for gold. And she won’t shy away: Melchor has publicly proclaimed she’s the best long distance runner in Peru.

Yarisley Silva

Country:Cuba

Event:Pole vault

When:Thursday, July 23 at 6 p.m.

Where:CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletics Stadium

Silva is the first Latin American athlete to win an Olympic medal in pole vaulting — she took home silver at London 2012. The celebrated Cuban won gold at the Pan Am Games in 2011 and would like to add another one to her trophy case.

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