The Colombian delegation will have 71 athletes competing in the Olympic Games that start this July 23 in Tokyo, the Japanese capital. The illusion is concentrated in BMX with Mariana Pajón, in the weights of Mercedes Pérez, in boxing with Íngrit Valencia and tennis in doubles with Robert Farah and Juan Sebastián Cabal.
Colombian sport enjoyed its best Olympic harvest in the London 2012 Games Y Rio 2016. In the first won nine medals: one gold, three silver, and five bronze. In Brazil he got his highest record in gold with three. Completed eight times two silver and three bronze.
That trend of glory could go down for this edition. There are 71 athletes compared to 147 who participated four years ago. In addition, there are returns far from the brands that guarantee a place on the podium.
Mariana Pajón is two-time BMX champion. Won gold at Pan American Games in Lima 2019 and is the top favorite to extend your dominance on the Olympic tracks.
In the weights, fixed fee since 2000, the focus is on Mercedes Pérez (64 kilograms). The national team has other contenders in Santiago Rodallegas (81) and Luis Mosquera (67).
The boxer Íngrit Valencia It also has options for repeat medal in the 51 kg category. He also won the gold medal in the last Pan American Games and lands in Japan in good shape.
Robert Farah and Juan Sebastián join this group. Doubles tennis players were champions two years ago at Wimbledon and the US Open. Although they lowered their level after the return in the middle of the pandemic, the Olympic challenge raised his motivation.
Riders will be the first to start the Games. They will do it in the road test this July 23. The payroll is seasoned, however, Esteban Chaves, Sergio Higuita, Nairo Quintana and Rigo Urán, drag the 3,400 kilometers of wear of the Tour de France. For the chrono, Daniel Felipe Martínez will not be with good records in the specialty. Rigo will take his place in the 44.2-kilometer event at Fuji.
Caterine Ibargüen was silver in London and gold in Rio in triple jump. For this appointment the previous records are not very encouraging: achieved 13.86 in the May round for the Diamond League, compared to 15.15 for the Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas, favorite for the title in Tokyo.
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