The Tokyo 2020 Olympics came to an end with two gold and one silver medals for the delegation of Ecuador, which in that way closed his best performance of all time.
Until this edition, Ecuadorian athletes they had only won two Olympic medals, that is why the three achieved in Japan are a true milestone for the country.
To the name of Jefferson Pérez (gold in Atlanta 1996 and silver in Beijing 2008) have been added those of Richard Carapaz (gold in road cycling), Neisi Dajomes (gold in weightlifting 76 kg.) And Tamara Salazar (silver in weight lifting 87 kg.).
With this harvest, Ecuador ended up as the third best country in Latin America, behind Brazil (7 golds and 21 in total) and Cuba (7 golds and 15 in total).
On July 24, Richard Carapaz became the second Ecuadorian to win Olympic gold. He was consecrated after attacking uphill six kilometers from the finish line and crossing alone under the arch with a time of 6:05:26. Wout Van Aert and Tadej Pogacar completed the podium.
On August 1, the protagonist of Neisi Dajomes, the first female medalist from Ecuador. She won the 76-kilo weightlifting test, ahead of American Kate Nye and Mexican Aremi Fuentes.
The next day, it was Tamara Salazar who wrote her name in silver letters. The Carchi-born athlete finished behind China’s Zhouyu Wang.
In addition, Ecuador added three diplomas: Alfredo Campo (BMX), Angie Palacios (weights) and Luisa Valverde (fight).
This national performance will go down in history. There were 48 athletes from Ecuador who participated in the Games in Tokyo, in 14 different disciplines and on their return they made the name of the country bigger in the world sports arena.