These five Para athletes and teams qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

These five Para athletes and teams qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

More than 2000 Para athletes tried to qualify for Tokyo 2020 at the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games. Get to know some of the Para athletes who made it!

The Lima 2019 Parapan American Games ended with the closing ceremony. The best Para athletes in the Americas arrived in the capital city of Peru, did their best and showed their passion and dedication on the field of play. However, only a few achieved the coveted qualification for the next edition of the Paralympic Games, to be held in the Land of the Rising Sun. Here we will tell you more about them!


The Chilean Para swimmer obtained three gold and two silver medals. Five medals in a single edition of the Parapan American Games. Not bad, right? He also set a Parapan American record! After winning the men’s 200 m freestyle S2 (S1-S2) in 4:10.06, he set a new record that will be hard to beat. Congratulations, Alberto!


Alberto Abarza proudly shows his gold medal at Lima 2019



Angélica Espinoza, the Peruvian flag bearer, defeated all of her rivals in the women’s K44 under 49 kg event of Para taekwondo and obtained one gold medal for the Peruvian delegation thanks to her strength and courage. Let us not forget that this Para sport made its debut in this edition of the Parapan American Games. And its first gold medal stayed in Peru!


Angélica Espinoza celebrates her victory at Lima 2019 holding the Peruvian flag



The World number 1 wheelchair tennis player and flag bearer in the opening ceremony had an impressive performance in all his matches (we expected nothing less...) Fernández, who hails from Cordoba, won the singles tournament and also obtained gold in doubles, securing the possibility of going for more medals in Tokyo!


Gustavo Fernández during a wheelchair tennis match at Lima 2019



The American goalball team took home the silver medal. Even though they were defeated 12-9 by Brazil, they had already secured qualification for Tokyo after beating Canada 6-4. At the previous edition of the Paralympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro, they also placed second.

American men’s goalball team receive the silver medal at Lima 2019



Thanks to a score in the last few seconds, Canada beat the USA in the women’s wheelchair basketball final, with only a three-point difference (67-64). After winning all their matches, they faced a tough encounter which ended in their winning the gold medal. The squad showed how united they are in the field of play.

Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team at Lima 2019

More than 2000 Para athletes tried to obtain a ticket for the Paralympic Games next year, but only the bravest and the most tenacious managed it. You already know some of them. Not only will Lima 2019 remain forever in their memories, but it also continues to write the stories of many athletes!

Juan Samorano celebrates his bronze medal in Para taekwondo in the Parapan American Games Lima 2019