The Olympic Games for Colombia are over and the start of La Vuelta a España is approaching


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The Olympic Games for Colombia are over and the start of La Vuelta a España is approaching

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games came to an end and the Colombian delegation that was present said goodbye to the competitions with a great performance by the cyclist Kevin Quintero who reached the Keirin semifinals at the Izu Velodrome.

Colombia arrived in Japan with 70 athletes who tried to perform the same participation in Rio 2016 where the country added a total of 8 medals, three gold, two silver and three bronze. In this opportunity, no gold medal could be obtained but the achievements in various disciplines were very important.

The first Colombian celebration took place with Luis Javier Mosquera on Sunday, July 27, achieving an outstanding performance in weightlifting, in the 67 kilogram category he lifted 331 kg. The athlete he hung the silver medal, thus achieving second in a joust after bronze in Rio 2016.

Four days later, the turn was for the BMX, who had an outstanding performance with Carlos Mario Ramírez, who achieved his second Olympic bronze. The Colombian crossed the finish line in third place with a time of 40.572 seconds and took the medal.

On that same day, Mariana Pajón from Antioquia once again represented the country in a brilliant way and was very close to getting a third gold medal in its historyHowever, for a few seconds he did not arrive in the first position and was left with the silver medal.

After the triumph of BMX riders, it was time for athletics where the eyes of the Colombians were fixed on the participation of Caterine Ibargüen, but nevertheless, The Antioqueña could not repeat the performance of Rio 2016 where she won the gold medal and was eliminated in the final triple jump stages.

Despite the performance of Ibargüen, Colombia got a historic medal in athletics with sprinter Anthony Zambrano, who won silver in the 400 meters.

The last victory for our country came a few days after the end of the games and with an athlete who was not among the candidates to win a medal. Sandra Lorena Arenas surprised the march by getting a silver medal in the 20-kilometer test in Sapporo.

In addition to the five medals, Colombia achieved 12 Olympic diplomas in different sports. One of the benchmarks of national cycling, Rigoberto Urán, took two of the diplomas by finishing in eighth position both in the road cycling event and in the individual time trial.

After the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020, the third most important cycling race of the season is coming where he will participate in pedal player Egan Bernal. The return to Spain It will be the stage where the Colombian will try to get his first title in the Iberian competition and the third in one of the great tours.

The 76th edition of the race It will start in Burgos on Saturday, August 14. The Slovenian Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), winner of the last two editions, will once again be the top seed for the championship. The presence of Miguel Ángel López, who will be with the Movistar team, is also confirmed in the contest.


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