He was followed by Nikkos Papadopolo of Guatemala with 24 victories and 976 points. The favorite and defending champion Oscar Soto of Mexico was third with 22 victories and 928 points. They immediately switched over to the beautiful outdoor 50 meter pool which is right next to the fencing salle. The swimming event was won by the Mexican Ismael Hernandez with a time of 2.06.99, second went to Julio Benjamin with 2.10 .05 and Nikkos Papadopolo was third clocking 2.10.56. The riding event was held in a beautiful outdoor arena next to the International Airport and the horses were of a very high quality.
The local favorite Nikkos Papadopolo continued his outstanding competition with a clean round and a first place in the riding event. His team mate, Jonathan Chacon also had a clean round and 1,200 points. Oscar Soto and Julio Benjamin were not far behind with 1160 points. As they entered the combined event the leader was Julio Benjamin with 3,448 points. He was going to b chased by Nikkos Papadopolo who left 9 seconds behind him.
The two Mexicans Oscar Soto and Ismael Hernandez, who are strong run shooters, were to leave 36 seconds and one minute behind the leader. What followed was a very exciting combined event with positions changing hands several times. Oscar Soto overtook both Julio and Nikkos on the second lap and thus won his second consecutive Central American and Caribbean Games individual gold medal with a total of 5564 points. The silver medal was decided on the final lap when Ismael Hernandez over took Nikkos Papadopolos with less than 400 meters to the finish and thus gave Mexico the 1-2 in the event. Ismael scored 5432 points to Nikkos Papadopolos' 5364. The Guatemala altitude of 1,500 meters took it's toll on Julio Benjamin who had led the competition all day and he ended up fourth with 5136 points.
The medals were presented by Ivar Sisniega, UIPM Vice President, John Holland, UIPM Vice President for NORCECA and Salomon Rowe, Vice President of the Guatemalan Olympic Committee.