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ESPN Caribbean kicks off coverage of the Lima 2019 Pan American Games Wednesday, July 24 at 12 p.m. ET, leading up to a live broadcast of the Opening Ceremony on Friday, July 26 at 8 p.m. ET. The second-most important sporting event of the Olympic Circuit runs through August 11 and features approximately 6,700 athletes from 41 countries participating in 39 different competitions and 61 disciplines.
ESPN will transmit about 230 hours of coverage of the event on the ESPN Caribbean television network and on ESPN Play, ESPN’s multiscreen live and on-demand streaming platform, with 12 dedicated hours of live coverage every day starting at 9 a.m. ET. ESPN Caribbean’s coverage will focus on athletics, gymnastics, diving, women’s soccer and swimming, among other competitions.
The Lima 2019 Pan American Games will feature many top-tier athletes, including Jamaica’s Akeem Bloomfield, one of only 18 people in the world to run 400 meters under 44 seconds, who will compete as a sprinter. Joining him in representing Jamaica are Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (medalist at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics) and Elaine Thompson, Rio 2016 gold medalist in 100m and 200m.
ESPN Caribbean’s commentator team includes former Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper, Shaka Hislop, as well as world-class athletes including, Bart Conner (play-by-play), Jamaican volleyball coach O’Neil Ebanks (analyst), Rowdy Gaines (color commentator), Kathy Johnson Clarke (color commentator), Jill Montgomery (color commentator), Dan O’Brien (color commentator), Cynthia Potter (color commentator), Dwight Stones (play-by-play) and Cat Whitehill (color commentator).
ESPN will provide coverage of the Pan American Games in the United States on ESPN Deportes (in Spanish), ESPN2, and ESPNU.