Venezuela at the Olympics

Venezuela at the
Olympics
Flag of Venezuela.svg
IOC codeVEN
NOCVenezuelan Olympic Committee
Websitewww.covoficial.com.ve (in Spanish)
Medals
Ranked 75th
Gold
3
Silver
7
Bronze
9
Total
19
Summer appearances
Winter appearances

Venezuela first participated at the Olympic Games in 1948, and has sent athletes to compete in every Summer Olympic Games since then. Venezuela has also participated in the Winter Olympic Games since 1998. The Venezuelan Olympic Committee (COV) was created in 1935.

The first Venezuelan athlete to participate in the Olympic Games was cyclist Julio César León in London 1948. In 1968 Francisco Rodríguez earned the first gold medal. The first Venezuelan to participate in the Winter Olympic Games was Iginia Boccalandro, in the 1998 Winter Olympics.

Venezuelan athletes have won a total of nineteen medals, all at Summer Games, with boxing (six medals; one gold, three silver, two bronze) being the most successful sport. The most successful Olympian is Yulimar Rojas, Venezuela's only multi-medalist in a regular Games, with one gold and one silver in women's triple jump.

History

The first Venezuelan athlete to participate in the Olympic Games was Trujillo cyclist Julio César León in London 1948.[1]

In the 1952 Summer Olympics, Asnoldo Devonish earned a bronze medal which became the first Olympic medal in the country's sports history. In 1968 Francisco Rodríguez earned the first gold medal; obtaining silver and bronze medals in various games until 1984. The first Venezuelan to participate in the Winter Olympic Games was Iginia Boccalandro in Nagano 1998. Rafael Vidal was bronze medalist in the 200 m butterfly in swimming at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. Arlindo Gouveia won a gold medal in taekwondo in Barcelona 1992, but at that time the sport only participated as an exhibition. That medal, along with the bronze medal won by Adriana Carmona in the same sport, are counted as official by the Venezuelan Taekwondo Federation since 2018.[2]

Athens 2004

Venezuela participated in the 2004 Athens Games with 48 athletes, winning two bronze medals with Adriana Carmona and Israel Rubio in taekwondo and weightlifting.[3]

Turin 2006

Venezuela participated in the Turin 2006 Winter Olympics thanks to Werner Hoeger in the luge specialty.

Beijing 2008

In the 2008 Beijing Games, Venezuela became the only country (only behind the host China) to double the number of athletes qualified with respect to the previous games, going from 48 athletes in Athens 2004 to 108 athletes in 2008, making it the delegation with the greatest progress with respect to the last games. For this occasion, Venezuela qualified for the first time 3 team sports, men's and women's volleyball and the women's softball team. Previously, only in 1980 in Moscow (soccer) and in Barcelona 1992 (basketball) had Venezuela been able to qualify team sports.[4] In these games, Venezuelan Dalia Contreras won the bronze medal in Taekwondo in the 49 kilograms category, after defeating Kenyan Mildred Alango 1–0.[5]

London 2012

Fencer Rubén Limardo wins the third gold medal for the nation. Limardo also becomes the first Latin American to win a gold medal in fencing since 1904, over 100 years ago.

Sochi 2014

Venezuela achieves its 4th participation in the 2004 Winter Olympic Games thanks to the athlete Antonio Pardo Andretta in the alpine skiing specialty.

Río 2016

In these Olympic Games, Venezuela almost achieved a number of athletes almost equal to that of Beijing 2008, and even achieved a better record of medals than in those Olympic Games, with a total of three medals in the categories of boxing, cycling and athletics by the Venezuelan representatives: Yoel Finol, Yulimar Rojas and Stefany Hernández, thus completing their participation in these Olympic Games with one bronze medal and two silver medals.

Tokyo 2020

In these Olympic Games, Venezuela competes with 44 athletes being its smallest delegation since 1988, obtaining 4 medals; 3 silver medals won by Julio Mayora and Keydomar Vallenilla in weightlifting and Daniel Dhers in BMX freestyle and a gold by Yulimar Rojas in triple jump, who broke the world and Olympic record in the history of this category of athletics in the Olympic Games, with a mark of 15. 67 meters, in addition to becoming the first woman to receive a gold medal in the history of the Olympic Games for Venezuela.

Medal tables

List of medalists

Summer Olympics

Medal Name Games Sport Event
 Bronze Asnoldo Devonish Finland 1952 Helsinki Athletics pictogram.svg Athletics Men's triple jump
 Bronze Enrico Forcella Italy 1960 Rome Shooting pictogram.svg Shooting Men's 50-metre rifle prone
 Gold Francisco Rodríguez Mexico 1968 Mexico City Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing Men's light flyweight
 Silver Pedro Gamarro Canada 1976 Montreal Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing Men's welterweight
 Silver Bernardo Piñango Soviet Union 1980 Moscow Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing Men's bantamweight
 Bronze Marcelino Bolívar United States 1984 Los Angeles Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing Men's light flyweight
 Bronze Omar Catari United States 1984 Los Angeles Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing Men's featherweight
 Bronze Rafael Vidal United States 1984 Los Angeles Swimming pictogram.svg Swimming Men's 200-metre butterfly
 Bronze Adriana Carmona Greece 2004 Athens Taekwondo pictogram.svg Taekwondo Women's +67 kg
 Bronze Israel Jose Rubio Greece 2004 Athens Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting Men's 62 kg
 Bronze Dalia Contreras China 2008 Beijing Taekwondo pictogram.svg Taekwondo Women's 49 kg
 Gold Rubén Limardo United Kingdom 2012 London Fencing pictogram.svg Fencing Men's épée
 Silver Yulimar Rojas Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro Athletics pictogram.svg Athletics Women's triple jump
 Silver Yoel Finol Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing Men's flyweight
 Bronze Stefany Hernández Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro Cycling (road) pictogram.svg Cycling Women's BMX
 Gold Yulimar Rojas Japan 2020 Tokyo Athletics pictogram.svg Athletics Women's triple jump
 Silver Julio Mayora Japan 2020 Tokyo Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting Men's 73 kg
 Silver Keydomar Vallenilla Japan 2020 Tokyo Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting Men's 96 kg
 Silver Daniel Dhers Japan 2020 Tokyo Cycling (road) pictogram.svg Cycling Men's BMX freestyle

Multiple medalists

Athlete Sport Games Gold Silver Bronze Total
Yulimar Rojas Athletics 2016, 2020 1 1 0 2

Most successful Olympian progression

This table shows how the designation of most successful Venezuelan Olympian has progressed over time.

Athlete Sport Date Gender 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Total
Asnoldo Devonish Athletics 23 July 1952 M 0 0 1 1
Enrico Forcella Shooting 1960 M 0 0 1 1
Francisco Rodríguez Boxing October 1968 M 1 0 0 1
Rubén Limardo Fencing 2012 M 1 0 0 1
Yulimar Rojas Athletics 1 August 2021 F 1 1 0 2

Notes

References

  1. ^ Cite error: The named reference jcl was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  2. ^ "COI reconoce medallas olímpicas venezolanas de Barcelona 1992". El Nacional. 2018.
  3. ^ "Confirmado bronce para Israel Rubio, primera medalla olímpica para Venezuela en 20 años". rnv.gob.ve. Radio Nacional de Venezuela. 22 August 2004. Archived from the original on 11 June 2008. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Venezuela cuenta con 109 atletas para Beijing 2008". rnv.gob.ve. Radio Nacional de Venezuela. 20 July 2008. Archived from the original on 21 February 2006. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Taekwondista venezolana Dalia Contreras gana medalla de bronce en Beijing". abn.info.ve. ABN. 20 August 2008. Archived from the original on 12 September 2008. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  6. ^ https://www.olympic.org/venezuela
  7. ^ "Arlindo I. Gouveia Colina". Olympics.com. Retrieved 1 August 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "Adriana Carmona Gutiérrez". Olympics.com. Retrieved 1 August 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "COI reconoce medallas olímpicas venezolanas de Barcelona 1992". ElNacional. Retrieved 9 August 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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