Toronto, Aug 11 – Cuban swimmer Juan Castillo today won the title in the 100m butterfly S9 Para Pan American Games, with a time of 1:03.40 minutes, a record for the Games. Castillo broke the forecasts by beating Argentine Marco Pulleiro (1:03.54), champion of Guadalajara-2011 and seventh in the recent World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.
The bronze went to Brazilian Vanilton Do Nascimento (1:04.65).
With this record Castillo qualified for the Paralympics of Rio de Janeiro-2016.
“I was under pressure to contribute with a medal in this my first competition. With such level, not wanting to stay behind my companions, and also wanted to show my family and other people who could achieve here, he expressed happy boy of 16 years.
Minutes later the blind athlete Yunerki Ortega could not match his victory in Mexico and was second in the S11 100 breaststroke with record of 1:22.68 minutes behind Colombian Brayan Urban (1:19.07-record for the Games).
Dissatisfied and upset the swimmer assured that tomorrow he would go for gold to revalidate at the 50m free S11 and Friday will be in the final of the 100m butterfly S11-13.
Meanwhile, in the final of the 100 meters butterfly S11 Brazilian Andre managed Pan American record with a time of 56.72 seconds.(Prensa Latina)