In 2016, four medals were achieved, three of them gold in men’s hockey, Nacra Class (Carranza-Lange) and Paula Pareto in judo. Juan Martín del Potro in tennis won the silver medal. There was an illusion with repeating that measure in the Tokyo Olympics, but this time the target was below expectations. Three medals were obtained, in rugby, in women’s hockey and men’s volleyball, leaving as a balance the poorest performance in terms of Argentina’s medals since Atlanta 1996.
On that occasion, they had won three silver medals in soccer, sailing (Carlos Espínola) and boxing (Pablo Chacón).
In Sydney 2000 there were four podiums in sailing (Carlos Espínola, Javier Conte and Juan de la Fuente and Serena Amato) plus the silver medal of Las Leonas.
Athens 2004 marked a quality jump in numbers: six medals, and the return of gold after a long wait (Helsinki 1952).
In Greece, the first place on the podium in football and basketball was achieved with the Golden Generation. The women’s tennis double (Paola Suárez and Patricia Tarabini), swimming in 400 medley with Georgina Bardach, sailing with Carlos Espínola and Santiago Lange and women’s field hockey also added medals.
In Beijing 2008 the number of medals was maintained, with six. Cycling led by Juan Esteban Curuchet and Walter Pérez in the Madison event and men’s soccer added the gold.
Later, Paula Pareto won bronze in judo, Carlos Espínola and Santiago Lange won sailing, and also the women’s basketball and field hockey teams.
In London 2012 Sebastián Crismanich gave the surprise by taking gold in taekwondo, women’s hockey won silver, while Juan Martín Del Potro in tennis and class 470 with De la Fuente and Calabrese achieved bronze.
As a positive outlook in Tokyo there will be the experience that young athletes such as Delfina Pignatiello added, the renewal of basketball, Las Leonas and the good performances of sailing.
The Olympic diplomas (nine were achieved in Tokyo) will also be a good parameter to globally assess national performance. And to aim to continue growing.