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26 October 2022 | in CUSF News

FISU America Games conclude 11 days of sport in Merida, Mexico

IMG 4729Photos courtesy FISU AmericaFollowing eleven days of competition in eleven sports, the second FISU America Games have concluded in Merida, Mexico. FISU America welcomed top athletes from the Americas to compete and further their sporting experience.


20221119045210 IMG 9198Mexico dominated the medal table winning 182 medals including 89 gold, 52 silver, and 41 bronze. The United States finished second in total medals with 66, including 13 gold. Brazil also had a very solid showing with 20 gold medals and 45 overall.


Mexico’s dominance was evident in multiple events but no more so than in taekwondo, where they won 23 medals including 14 gold, judo with 13 gold medals, and in athletics with 35 gold and 71 total medals.


Athletics saw some outstanding individual performances. In women’s sprinting, Mexico’s Monica Ortiz came away with gold in the 200m and 4x100m as well as silver in the 100m. Anny Bassi of Brazil was one of Ortiz’s main competitors also winning three medals with a silver in the 100m, bronze in the 200m, DSC0623 and silver in the 4x100m relay. On the men’s side, Franquelo Perez of Dominican Republic leaves Merida with three gold medals from the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m. In the 1500m and 5000m, Juan Carvajal of Mexico claimed gold.


Brazil saw lots of success in team sports sweeping the gold medals for both women and men in volleyball and futsal, while having UNIP/SP represent the country and win gold in men’s football. The University of Ottawa Gee Gees from Canada, the defending FISU University World Cup Football champions, continued their winning ways taking gold in women’s football. Mexico dominated the basketball court at Poliforum Zamna winning both the men’s and women’s titles.


Merida acted as a wonderful host in welcoming athletes back to FISU America competition. As athletes return home to further their studies and athletic endeavours, they will bring with them many memories from their time in the Yucatan region of Mexico.


Written by Doug McLean