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Latin America Winning at Nanjing

Latin America Winning at Nanjing

Posted by Juan Gavasa on August 23, 2014

Several Latin American countries including Brazil, Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela have won in different disciplines at the Summer Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China. In judo, swimming, taekwondo and table tennis youth across Latin America and the Caribbean are walking away with well deserved medals.

Carlos Claverie representing Venezuela won his second medal this week in the 100 meter breaststroke and Cuban Ivan Felipe Silva, 18, won a bronze medal in judo (81 kilogram category).

Venezuelan Elvismar Rodriguez won a bronze medal in judo (78 kilograms category). She dedicated her victory to the Venezuelan people posting on her Twitter account, "Thanks for supporting me. This bronze medal is for the 30 million Venezuelans in my country."

Brazilians Falvia Lopez Saraiva and Paulo Matheuz Santana won silver metals in women's all-around and men's 50 meter freestyle and mixed freestyle relay respectively. Argentina's rugby team won silver medals as well. Colombian Debbi Natalie Yopasa Gomez won bronze in women’s taekwondo (63 kilograms category) and Hugo Calderano from Brazil won bronze in men's singles table tennis.

Calderano tells NYGOC News that, in his bronze medal match against Tapei's Heng-Wei Yang, “It was hard playing against him and I know the crowd favored him, but that didn’t influence me.” The upcoming Summer Youth Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

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