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Venezuela finished in fourth position at Odesur Games

Venezuela finished in fourth position at Odesur Games

Posted by Dubraswka Aguilar on March 19, 2014

Venezuela ended its participation in the X South American Games with notable performances in boxing, shooting and taekwondo.

On the final day of competition, the boxers Gabriel Maestre (69 kg) and Juan Rodriguez (75 kg) won their respective finals to add to two gold medals to the one from the shooter Diliana Méndez (50m Rifle 3 Positions). This was the golden trio which thrilled the national delegation on Tuesday. This way, Venezuela took the fourth place in the regional event.

The Venezuelan team, which attended the Games with 177 athletes, managed to seize the title in karate, wrestling and bowling. However, the country was overcome by Brazil and Colombia in track cycling, fencing, weightlifting, swimming, tennis and shooting, sports disciplines in which Venezuela remained second.

Venezuela fought until the last minute against Argentina for the third place, but finally was left behind from the top three. The defeat to Adriana Martinez in the final of the – 57 kg in taekwondo against her rival from Panama, and the first place of the Argentinean Milagros Carrasco in rhythmic gymnastics, changed the history.

Brazil and its team of athletes with a vast Olympic experience emerged as the indisputable champion of the Games, commanding with more than 40 gold medals over its closest competitor, Colombia, that finished second with 52 golds.

The “neogranadinos” could not emulate the action in Medellin four years ago, when they were champions, although continued to exhibit the high level of competition, which allowed them to overcome to Venezuela once again, just as they did in the Bolivarian Games, held in Peru last year.

Golden Queen

The name Andreina Pinto was one of the most resonated in the Aquatic Centre of the National Stadium in Santiago, after the Venezuelan mermaid achieved five of the seven gold medals won in by Venezuela swimming.

Pinto imposed her supremacy in the pool and became queen of the Games by taking over the gold medals in 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle, 200m butterfly and 400m combined, to position herself as the top medalist for Venezuela.

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