Boxing and bicycling are the disciplines that give the country new renown, with the gold medals obtained by the athletes of Team Colombia and that
Boxing and bicycling are the disciplines that give the country new renown, with the gold medals obtained by the athletes of Team Colombia and that consolidate the national delegation at number one in the general table.
Colombia heads these Bolivarian Games in its 19th version, with 134 medals in total; 65, gold; 41, silver; and 28 bronze. The delegations of Venezuela and Chile occupy the second and third boxes, respectively.
This Friday, Mariana Pajon, triple Olympic medalist and the so-called ‘Queen of the Tracks’ won her test on the BMX track and took the gold. The national and Olympic champion almost did not participate in these events, since she has just come out of an operation due to an injury to one of her hands.
Pajón won the Ecuadorian Domenica Michelle Azuero and Domenica Gissell Mora in the final, who finished second and third.
With this victory, the great Mariana achieved eight gold medals in Bolivarianos, seven in her BMX fiefdom and one in track cycling. Her first golden triumph in Bolivarianos was obtained in Pereira 2005 and her most successful games were those of Santa Marta 2017, with three.
In men’s, BMX also had a successful day. Diego Grove He won gold in his category, beating Venezuelan Jholman Andrés Sivira and Chilean Hernán Felipe Godoy.
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Fists and pedals of glory
In the last hours, the eighth day was prolific for the national team: 22 medals won, 13 of them gold, and of these, five of athletes from Team Colombia, the strategy of the Ministry of Sport that seeks to improve results in Paris 2024 .
The two boxers of the Team were up to the challenge. Ingrid Valencia he retained his Bolivarian crown and in the flyweight (48-51 kg) he consecrated himself in the capital of Cesar to increase his legend, which Yeni Arias also begins to write with golden fists, who in the featherweight division (54-57 kg) became insurmountable.
The same way, Yuberjen Martinezwho has just joined the select list of 32 conventional athletes for Paris 2024, won the flyweight (48-52) by unanimous decision and received an ovation in the Parque de la Leyenda.
Boxing completed a memorable closing with the titles of Angie Paola Valdés in Lightweight (57-60 kg); Shirleidis Paola Orozco in Welter (64-69 kg); Yílmar ‘Speedy’ González in the 57 kilograms and Cristian Salcedo, in super heavyweight (+91 kg) raised their arms to confirm the tricolor dominance in the Games.
Team Colombia’s celebration extended to the Alcides Nieto Patiño velodrome in Cali, where two more titles were achieved, in women’s team speed with Martha Bayona, who joined the squad along with Juliana Gaviria and Marianis Salazar. For his part, Kevin Santiago Quintero, in the individual men’s speed test, took first place.
The other gold in the Valle del Cauca capital was achieved in the men’s team pursuit, with John Paul ZapataJordan Parra, Juan Esteban Arango and Julián Osorio.
The Mountain biking also joined the celebration on the day. In women’s cross country, Maria Jose Salamanca climbed to the top of the podium, while in speed canoeing, the national anthem was sung twice thanks to the victories in the men’s K1 1,000 meters with Leocadio Pinto and in the men’s C1 1,000 meters, thanks to Alexander Rodriguez.