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Venezuela gives no ground in fight for third place

Venezuela gives no ground in fight for third place

Posted by Dubraswka Aguilar on March 17, 2014

Venezuela had another golden day to not give ground in their fight with Argentina for the third place in the medal of the South American Games, when only two days are remaining.

Athletics shone with a couple of golden to close its participation in Santiago with six first places, equal amount of silver and four bronze medals.

The first came on behalf of the captain José Gregorio Peña, who practically ran the three thousand meter hurdles alone, since the Colombian Gerard Giraldo arrived at the finish about 10 seconds later. The Venezuelan set a time of 8:36.81 over his closest adversary’s 8:45.96.

The second athletics gold came from Yulimar Rojas in the high jump. The native of Carabobo, 1.79 m, passed on her second attempt to command the trial. The bronze was won by another Venezuelan, Guillercy Gonzalez.

Meanwhile, Maria Betancourt Florence showed why she is one of the best divers in the region, hanging the gold medal in the three-meter springboard. To the native of Aragua, 313.20 points were enough to win over the Colombians Diana Pineda (296.60) and Carolina Murillo (294.70).

The triumph of Maria Gabriela Martinez three days ago has inspired fencing, as the women's team of foil, Liz Rivero, Isis Jimenez and Julitza Suarez, overcame Brazil by 45-37 to win the third gold for the discipline.

Yaniuska Espinosa also held the crown in weightlifting (+75 kilos). Espinosa lifted 110 kilos in the boot on the first attempt but failed at 115. Then in the clean and jerk she lifted 144 kilos to total 254 kilos and make sound the National Anthem. The bronze was won by another Venezuelan, Naryury Perez.

Carlos Vasquez opened the calendar for taekwondo placing his name at the head of the +80 kilos. The outstanding athlete had four points in the second period to break the Brazilian Douglas Correa by 4-3. Venezuela had three bronzes in the discipline.

Finally, the Venezuelan shot tasted the sweetness of victory thanks to Dairene Marquez in 10 meters air rifle.

 

Medals

1 Brasil           89  60 66 

2 Colombia     49  47 57 

3 Venezuela     41  35 59 

4 Argentina     36  47 44 

5 Chile             23 43 43 

6 Ecuador        13 15 30 

7 Perú              9   11  14 

8 Paraguay       3   5   2

9 Uruguay        3   3  4 

10 Panamá        3  2  7
 

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