Colombian Lemos Surpasses Himself, Sets New World Record

The Para athlete won the javelin F37-38 with a throw of 61.76 meters. It is the fourth world record to be surpassed at the Santiago 2023 Parapan American Games.

Friday, November 24th, 2023.- With a new world record, the competition in the javelin throw category F37-38 (cerebral palsy) concluded, as Colombian José Gregorio Lemos threw the implement at a distance of 61.76 meters to win the gold in Santiago 2023 and break his own world record.

The throw was 1.18 meters farther than his throw on March 21, 2022, in Dubai.

This Friday at the Centro Atlético Mario Recordón of the Estadio Nacional, Lemos had not succeeded in his first four throws, all below 60 meters.

It wasn't until his last attempt that he significantly surpassed that mark and set his best record.

The silver medal went to Mexican Bryan Enríquez, with 52.17 (from class F37), while the bronze medal went to Luis Fernando Lucumi, also Colombian, who scored 50.86 meters.

Jose Gregorio Lemos's world record in the javelin is the fourth at the current Parapan American Games, after Samuel Oliveira set a time of 46.48'' in the men's 100 meters T20; Brazilian Elizabeth Rodrigues broke the world record in the discus throw F51, with 17.80 meters, and on Thursday, Cuban Robiel Yankel Sol set his own record in the long jump T47 (physical disability in upper limbs), with a jump of 7.74 meters.

Written by Erwin Acevedo; translated by Paulette Bertín | Santiago 2023 vía Photosport
Photo by Jonnahtan Oyarzún / Santiago 2023 vía Photosport