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1959 Pan American Games

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Host city  Chicago
Nations participating  25
Events  166 in 18 sports
Country  United States
Athletes participating  2,263
Opening ceremony  August 27
1959 Pan American Games

The 3rd Pan American Games were held in Chicago August 28 – September 7, 1959.



The games were originally awarded to Cleveland. Cleveland withdrew from hosting the games due to financial reasons. The original backup-host, Guatemala, withdrew even before Cleveland. São Paulo, Brazil and Chicago competed to replace Cleveland as the host of the Pan American Games. Chicago defeated São Paulo 13-6 in the Pan American Games Committee vote held August 3, 1957. São Paulo later would go on to host the following edition.


Once Chicago took over the game following Cleveland's withdrawal, there were 18 months left to organize the games. The games were held on-schedule nonetheless. The games were the first Pan American Games to be held in the Northern Hemisphere's summer. The previous two editions were held in March.

The Games

The games opened on August 27, 1959, in sunny 90 °F (32 °C) heat before 40,000 people in Chicago, Illinois, United States at Soldier Field.

Medal count

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Note ^ The medal counts for the United States, Argentina, Mexico and Canada are disputed.

Sports and Venues

  • Athletics at Soldier Field
  • Baseball at Wrigley Field and Comiskey Park
  • Basketball at Alumni Gymnasium (Men's) and Oak Park High School (Women's)
  • Boxing
  • Cycling at Gately Stadium temporary venue (Track Cycling)
  • Diving at Portage Park
  • Football (soccer)
  • Gymnastics at Navy Pier
  • Modern Pentathlon at Waukegan Shooting Range (shooting), Great Lakes Naval Training Center (fencing), Independence Grove (equestrian show-jumping and cross-country running), and Portage Park (swimming)
  • Rowing in the Cal-Sag Channel
  • Sailing in Lake Michigan
  • Swimming at Portage Park
  • Tennis at Lincoln Park Tennis Club
  • Volleyball at Proviso High School
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling at Reavis High School
  • References

    1959 Pan American Games Wikipedia

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