Introduction


The South American Games are the continent’s multi-sports event. Athletes from countries in Central America and the Caribbean also take part in them. The Games are the most important competition of the South American Sports Organization (ODESUR).

One of the characteristics of the South American Games is that it gathers Olympic sports, like Athletics and Swimming, as well as other sports, not included in the Olympic program, such as Bowling and Karate. The Games are held every four years. Its first edition took place in November 1978, in La Paz, Bolivia.

Check below the overall medal rankings for all editions of the South American Games.

 Medal ranking
 Countries Gold Silver Bronze Total
 Argentina 796 644 604 2044
 Brazil 540 475 416 1431
 Venezuela 443 370 381 1194
 Colombia 356 300 270 926
 Chile 289 369 426 1084
 Peru 159 229 304 692
 Ecuador 149 205 284 638
 Uruguay 60 101 124 285
 Bolivia 31 69 137 237
 Paraguay 10 29 45 84
 Panama 7 11 16 34
 Neth. Ant 7 7 17 31
 Surinam 6 3 7 16
 Guyana 2 3 9 14
 Aruba 0 3 9 12
 Total 2851 2818 2960 8629

Ranking by total number of medals
 Countries Gold Silver Bronze Total
 Argentina 796 644 604 2044
 Brazil 540 475 416 1431
 Venezuela 443 370 381 1194
 Chile 289 369 426 1084
 Colombia 356 300 270 926
 Peru 159 229 304 692
 Ecuador 149 205 284 638
 Uruguay 60 101 124 285
 Bolivia 31 69 137 237
 Paraguay 10 29 45 84
 Panama 7 11 16 34
 Neth. Ant 7 7 17 31
 Surinam 6 3 7 16
 Guyana 2 3 9 14
 Aruba 0 3 9 12
 Total 2851 2818 2960 8629