The Pumas 7’s managed to hang the bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after winning the match for third place against Great Britain by 17-12 and thus these players got into the great history of Argentine sport, after obtaining the first medal for their country in this edition of the Olympic competition.
The team that represented Argentina and managed to get on the podium was:
1- Santiago Alvarez Fourcade: The captain of the team, is 27 years old, was born in sports in Socieda Sportiva de Bahía Blanca and later went through CASI. He not only played this Olympic Game but also said he was present in Rio 2016. He was champion at the Pan American Games in Lima 2019
2- Lautaro Bazán Vélez: He is 25 years old, his home club was Córdoba Athletic Club, he was present at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games where he won the Silver medal, he also won the Gold medal at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games.
3- Lucio Cinti: He is 21 years old, he emerged from La Plata Rugby Club. He participated in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games where he managed to win the Gold medal.
4- Rodrigo Etchart: He is 27 years old, he debuted in first place in the SIC and has been playing games with Los Pumas 7s since 2014. He was present in Rio 2016 where he finished in sixth place. Injuries had him mistreated in recent years, but he arrived in Tokyo in good shape and brought all his experience.
5- Luciano González Rizzoni: He is 24 years old, he was born sportingly in La Tablada. He managed to hang the Gold medal at the Pan American Games in Lima 2019 in addition to playing some series on the world circuit.
6- Rodrigo Isgro: At only 21 years old, he was one of the pleasant surprises of the team and one of Gómez Cora’s bets. He made his debut at Mendoza Rugby Club, and played the Youth World Cup in Argentina in 2019. Tokyo 2020 was his first participation in a big tournament with Los Pumas 7’s.
7- Santiago Mare: 24 years old, his starting club and where he exploded was Regatas. He also has the Gold medal obtained at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games.
8- Ignacio Mendy: At just 22 years old, he already knows what it feels like to get a Gold medal obtained at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games and the Tokyo 2020 Bronze Medal. The club that saw him born was Los Tilos.
9- Marcos Moneta: He is 21 years old, was born sportingly in San Andres and like “Kiki” Mendy, he was able to become champion in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. In Tokyo 2020 he finished as a tryman of the tournament with 6 conquests.
10- Matías Osadczuk: At the age of 24, he participated in the Pan American Games in Lima 2019 where he could win. In Tokyo he suffered an injury to one of his knees in the match against South Africa that prevented him from finishing the tournament, but until then he was decisive due to his power in contact.
11- Gastón Revol: At 34 years old, he is the maximum reference of the discipline in activity in his country. He played more than 400 games with the Argentina shirt. He played the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games and Lima 2019. Before the competition, he announced that he would withdraw from the team after Tokyo 2020. The pandemic made him wait longer than necessary and his expulsion against South Africa in the quarterfinals It was such a deep pain that he was seen with tears throughout that encounter. After the victory and the semis, everyone went to look for him, hug him and dedicate the victory to him. The same happened at the time of crowning the Bronze against Great Britain. His farewell deserves to be on the court.
12- Germán Schulz: Along with Revol, one of the most experienced 27-year-old Argentine squad. He played the Rio 2016 Games, in addition to the Pan American Games in Lima.
13- Felipe Del Mestre: He was as a reserve in Tokyo and entered due to Osadczuk’s injury for the games against Fiji and Great Britain. He is 27 years old, he debuted in Pucará and in addition to these Olympic Games, he played the Pan American Games in Lima 2019.
14- Franco Sabato: It was also a relief that the coach had in case of injury, but he could not say present in any game. Despite this, at the age of 30, he played the Olympic Games in Rio 2016 and was also in Lima 2019. The Alumni player is one of the most experienced on the squad and the player with the most tries of the team on the World Tour. For Gómez Cora the decision to leave him out of the 12 who played was very difficult. His contribution came from another side and he also deserves his recognition.
Finally, the man who led the reins of the campus: Santiago Gómez Cora, the head coach of a team that admires and respects him. In command of the national team since 2013, he is a true worker and strategist of the game. The pandemic gave him the ability to review his team’s tactical plan. Since then, he changed the strategy and with this new modality, he won all the tournaments he played since the reduced game returned after the stop by Covid. The Bronze in Tokyo, is seen gold in the chest of this establishment.