Meet the Olympic heroes who achieved the first Dominican medals in Tokyo 2020

Meet the Olympic heroes who achieved the first Dominican medals in Tokyo 2020

The Dominican Republic managed to be placed in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic medal table courtesy of five exceptional athletes who surprised with their spectacular performance

It took nine days, but finally the Dominican Republic achieved his first Olympic medals in Tokyo 2020, courtesy of weightlifting and athletics. Five Dominican athletes had to work hard to overcome their rivals and achieve two Olympic silver.

The first of these was the native of Bayaguana, Monte Plata province, Zacharias Bonnat, in men’s weightlifting, category 81kg. The Dominican reached the silver medal by lifting a total of 367 kilograms (snatch and clean and jerk) and to be overcome, the gold medalist, Xiaojun Lyu, had to set an Olympic record.

Bonnat tied the previously established record and thereby became the first Dominican medalist in Tokyo 2020 and first to do so in weightlifting, a discipline that has produced many great athletes for the country, but had not been successful in Olympic Games.

The Dominican reached his classification to Tokyo 2020 after winning three medals (one gold and two silver) in the XXIX Senior Weightlifting Championship.

The second silver medal was a true team effort that came from the hands (or legs) of the national team. 4×400 meter mixed relay. After a disqualification during the semifinals and it was appealed (and it was correctly reversed), Marileidy paulino (24), Anabel Medina (24), Lidio Andrés Feliz (24) and Alexander Ogando (21) became the first Dominicans in the history of Olympic Games to reach silver in the 4×400 mixed relay race (which made its debut in Tokyo 2020).

The young quartet had an impressive career, especially Marileidy paulino, who gave an impressive advantage to the Dominican team during their participation. With the triumph, Marileidy paulino Y Anabel Medina became the first Dominican women to win a medal in Olympic Games.

The Dominican squad achieved their classification after winning the World athletics championship in Poland, several months ago. The four athletes are also part of the Dominican Air Force.

The young squad represents multiple parts of the Dominican Republic. Marileidy paulino It is Don Gregorio in Nizao (birthplace of the Cooperstown Hall of Fame, Vladimir Guerrero), Lidio Andrés Feliz It is Barahona, Alexander Ogando born in San Juan de la Maguana Y Anabel Medina She is a native of the Dominican capital, Santo Domingo.

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