1951 Pan American Games

The 1951 Pan American Games (the I Pan American Games) were held in Buenos Aires, Argentina between February 25 and March 9, 1951. The Pan American Games' origins were at the Games of the X Olympiad in Los Angeles, United States, where officials representing the National Olympic Committees of the Americas discussed the staging of an Olympic-style regional athletic competition for the athletes of the Americas.[1]

I Pan American Games
Juegospanamericanos 1951 poster.jpg
Host cityBuenos Aires, Argentina
Events140 in 18 sports
OpeningFebruary 25
ClosingMarch 9
Opened by
StadiumRacing Club Stadium
1955 Mexico City

During the Pan-American Exposition at Dallas in 1937, a limited sports program was staged. These included Athletics, Boxing, and Wrestling among others. This program was considered a success and a meeting of Olympic officials from the Americas was held.

At the Pan American Sports Conference held in 1940, it was decided to hold the 1st Pan American Games at Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1942. The Pan American Sports Committee was formed to govern the games. Avery Brundage was elected as the first President. However, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor brought much of the Americas into World War II, thus forcing the cancellation of the 1942 games.

A second conference was held in 1948. Avery Brundage was re-elected as the President of the PASC. It was decided that Buenos Aires would still host the 1st Pan American Games, this time in 1951.


River Plate stadium (venue for athletics competitions) during the closing ceremony

Opening ceremonyEdit

The opening ceremony took place at the Racing Club Stadium, which had been recently inaugurated. The Greek athlete Aristeidis Roubanis lit the pebble for the first time, while local athlete Delfo Cabrera was the bearer of the Argentine flag.[2]

The inauguration event was attended by the Argentine President Juan Perón and the member of the Pan-American Games Commission, Avery Brundage.

Medal countEdit

  *   Host nation (Argentina)

1  Argentina (ARG)*634336142
2  United States (USA)463421101
3  Chile (CHI)8191239
4  Cuba (CUB)67821
5  Brazil (BRA)5151333
6  Mexico (MEX)572335
7  Peru (PER)25714
8  Trinidad and Tobago (TTO)1203
9  Ecuador (ECU)1012
10  Colombia (COL)1001
Totals (10 NOCs)138132121391



  1. ^ "Guadalajara 2011 XVI Pan American Games > Origin and Previous Editions". Archived from the original on 2011-02-22. Retrieved 2011-04-03.
  2. ^ 70 años de los Juegos Panamericanos 1951: el gran hito del deporte argentino on Radiográfica, 16 Mar 2021

External linksEdit

Preceded by
I Pan American Games
Buenos Aires

Succeeded by
Mexico City