|Host city||San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|Events||250 in 24 sports|
|Stadium||Hiram Bithorn Stadium|
The 1979 Pan American Games (Spanish: Juegos Panamericanos de 1979), officially the VIII Pan American Games were a multi-sport event governed by the Panam Sports Organization, and were held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from July 1 to July 15, 1979. The 1980 documentary film A Step Away showcased a number of athletes competing in the Games.
|1||United States (USA)||126||95||45||266|
|Totals (5 nations)||235||205||184||624|
The 1979 Games were the first one to feature a mascot, which was a running frog holding a torch named Coqui.
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