Argentina closed its participation in Tokyo 2020 with a predictable performance

Argentina closed its participation in Tokyo 2020 with a predictable performance

A special context was lived in the previous to these Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The pandemic changed the world as we knew it. The original date of the Games had to be postponed and only a year later, in unprecedented situations, the competition started.

Argentina knew that for different reasons these Games were not going to be easy. It was clear that due to calendar, budget and organization issues, the least developed countries at the Olympic level were going to suffer more from the consequences of the pandemic than the world powers..

Thus, although there was a greater expectation, Argentina says goodbye to Tokyo with three medals. A crop that can be considered scarce, but that nor it stops reflecting what high performance sport is in the country.

Argentina’s bet in Tokyo once again was focused on team sports, where historically it tends to add many podiums.

The Pumas In the Sevens they were the first to achieve a medal by beating Great Britain in the bronze match by 17 to 12.

The team of Santiago Gómez Cora made a great tournament, despite different losses due to injuries and suspensions and achieved the first Olympic medal in Argentine rugby.

As expected, hockey was also going to be the protagonist in the fight for a podium. The men could not repeat the medal as they had done four years before in Rio, but The Lionesses of Chapa Retegui were once again among the best.

They had a great tournament and reached the final, but they undoubtedly fell to the best team in the Games: the Netherlands. La Naranja continued with its sweeping pace and the girls lost in the final 3 to 1.

Men’s volleyball made history, by winning the second medal in Olympic history. For the bronze, he defeated Brazil 3-2 in a great game and took the podium after the medal he won in Seoul 1988.

In the water there was also hope, but in this case the good performances were not enough to add medals. Yes, there were several Olympic diplomas (they are won by athletes or teams that finish in the top eight) that make it clear that Argentina always fights in these disciplines.

Reviewing, sailing, (Nacra Class 17), Cecilia Carranza and Santiago Lange finished in seventh place after being gold medalists four years ago; Agustín Vernice, in K 1 1000, finished eighth in the final; the yachting duo in the 49er category made up of Sol Branz and Victoria Travascio came in fifth place, two places off the podium, with a solid performance; For his part, Facundo Olezza finished sixth in the Finn category.

Basketball, with the retirement of a legend like Luis Scola, could not enter the fight for a medal when he was eliminated by Australia, but he did win an Olympic diploma, since he was eighth in the general classification.

Another legend withdrew, in this case in judo: Paula Pareto, gold in Rio four years ago, could not get on the podium (achieved an Olympic diploma) and said goodbye after years of a career that will go down in history.

Adding more diplomas, Lucas Guzmán finished fifth in taekwondo and the riding team finished seventh in the jumping event, as did Los Leones.

The truth is that beyond the pandemic and the difficulties of these Games, Argentina ended up rounding out a predictable performance. Within the parameters that historically usually provides in this competition.

There is still a long way to go to continue growing. And to improve in all necessary aspects (budget, infrastructure, organization, long-term projects beyond the government of the day) so that athletes can compete in the best way at the highest level.

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