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Mexico Wins Six Pan American Gold Medals
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October 19, 2011

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - After another round of victories on October 18th, Mexico is now in third place at the medals table with six gold medals in the first three days of the 2011 Pan American Games.

Argentina starred in the third round of the Pan American Games, held in Guadalajara, since Monday its athletes won seven medals including four gold.

The United States is in the lead with 16 golds, 16 silvers and 11 bronzes. Second place currently goes to Brazil, with 9 gold, 5 silver and 7 bronze. Mexico has won six gold, 5 silver and 5 bronze.

During the day on Saturday, the disciplines of cycling, taekwondo, swimming, gymnastics and pentathlon awarded Mexico its first medals in the Pan American Games Guadalajara 2011. On Sunday, Mexico won medals in the pentathlon and taekwondo.

Cyclist Lorenza Morfin Macouzet won Mexico's first Pan American medal on Saturday by winning silver in women's cross country mountain biking. Cynthia Valdez of Guadalajara won gold and silver in the gymnastics competitions.

Mexico's Damian Villa won the silver medal in the taekwondo tournament after losing to Dominican Gabriel Mercedes. After losing the final to Mercedes, the Mexican Taekwondoín won his second silver medal in the 58 kg category.

Mexican Tamara Vega won the bronze medal in the modern pentathlon competition. The Chihuahuense (girl from Chihuahua) was surpassed by American Margaux Isaksen, who took the gold medal and Brazilian Yane Marques, who was hung with silver. With this achievement, Vega qualified for the 2012 London Olympics.

The 2011 Pan American Games opened in the state capital of Jalisco on October 14 to 45,000 spectators and some 5,000 athletes vying for medals in 36 disciplines.

Puerto Vallarta is hosting four of these sporting events: Beach Volleyball through 22 at the new Pan American Beach Volleyball Stadium near the Sheraton Hotel in the Hotel Zone; Sailing through October 22 at the Vallarta Yacht Club in Nuevo Vallarta; the 10 kilometer Open Water Swimming Competition downtown in front of the Malecón on October 22; and the Triathlon at the API Maritime Terminal on October 23rd. Click HERE for local Pan Am news and event information.

To keep up with all of the 2011 Pan American Games results, visit the official website. Fans can also stay connected through the Pan American Games facebook page.

Translated for BanderasNews by Kathleen Harris.