CHILE -. On Friday, 14 of March 2014, Yvette Lewis brought home the first gold medal for Panama by winning the hundred meter hurdles in the ODESUR– South American Olympic games- female track and field competition.
Lewis scored 13.11 seconds for the distance. Meanwhile, another descendant of the Silver People of Panama, Andrea Ferris made us proud by winning the silver medal in the 1,500-meter race. Lewis’ triumph marked the first gold medal won for Panama in 12 years in any South American Games.
We just had to share our joy and sense of pride in these brave young women athletes who have overcome the social hurdles and racial stigmas in our Panamanian society and followed in the tradition of excellence of Lloyd La Beach (1948 London) and the remarkable women champions, Lilia Wilson (1938), Nola Thorne (1938), Isabel Sullivan, Gabriela Gibbs, Carlota Gooden (1951 Athlete of the Year), Loraine Dunn, Jean Holmes, and Marcela Daniels, just to name a few. We are betting that PanDeportes knows nothing about our female athletic champions of the past and we get very sketchy news of our champions of today. We are here to applaud the women’s achievements of yesterday and today.