Tokyo, July 22 (Xinhua)-Five years after winning three gold medals in Rio de Janeiro, Argentina brought the third largest team in history to Tokyo 2020 for the Olympics.
Approximately 178 athletes will compete in 27 sports as South American countries seek to win a cumulative total of 74 Olympic medals (21 gold, 25 silver, 28 bronze). Xinhua sees some of Argentina’s top gold medal opportunities.
Paula Pareto (Judo)
Pareto defends the gold medal won in the 48 kg class of women’s judo in Rio de Janeiro. A qualified doctor, Pareto says he is healthy and motivated after recovering from hernia surgery in October 2019.
At the age of 35, this is likely to be the final chapter of Pareto’s Olympic story, including the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
“It’s special because I’m pretty sure this will be my last tournament. I enjoy every moment 100 percent,” she told reporters here.
Santiago Lange and Cecilia Calanza (Sailing)
The sailing pair also defends the gold medal won in the Nakura 17 class in Rio five years ago. This is the seventh time Lange, 59, has appeared on the biggest stage of the sport. Lange and Karanza are one of the seven Argentine sailing teams competing in Tokyo. They were selected as the flag bearers of the opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium on July 23.
“I have great respect for all Argentine athletes. Being an ambassador to the Games is very special. I am very proud to do it with Cecilia,” said Lung Cancer Survivor. Said Lange.
Men’s hockey team
Eight members of the Argentine Men’s Hockey Team, who surprised everyone by winning a gold medal in Rio, will be attending Tokyo. However, there are concerns about the lack of competition over the last 18 months as the blockade has made it impossible to play.
Los Leones, who had never won an Olympic medal before winning a gold medal in Rio, was drawn into the so-called group of death, alongside Spain, Japan, Australia, India and New Zealand.
Women’s hockey team
Despite appearing on the medal podium for four consecutive Olympics from 2000 to 2012, the Argentine women’s hockey team is still looking for the first gold medal in the tournament. The predominantly youthful team is headed by veteran veterans Maria Noel Barionuevo, Delfina Merino and Bernadette. Barionuevo said she was completely healthy again after the COVID-19 attack.
“I was very ill, had a lot of pain in my legs and couldn’t taste or smell,” a 37-year-old woman told reporters. “I have recovered now, but the global situation is very sad.”
Las Leonas (Liones) belongs to the same group as New Zealand, Spain, China, Japan and Australia.
Men’s Rugby Sevens
Puma finished sixth in Rio de Janeiro, and despite being drawn to the same group as New Zealand and Australia, there is no chance of winning a medal here.
The team will include Marcos Moneta, Ignacio Mendi and Lucio Cinty, who were members of the team that won the gold medal at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, led by veteran scrum-half Gaston Revol.
Santiago Gomez’s men will launch an Olympic campaign against Australia on Sunday (July 25).
Albisereste’s hope of winning the third Olympic gold medal was hit by a series of injuries and some clubs refusing to release the players.
However, manager Fernando Batista could bring in Atletico Madrid defender Nehuén Perez, Brighton forward, Alexis Mac Allister, and Cadiz goalkeeper Jeremias Ledesma, the team’s only overage player. It was.
Argentina belongs to the same group as Spain, Egypt and Australia. The top two teams in each group will advance to the last eight teams in the tournament.
Hope for Argentina’s best gold medal
SourceHope for Argentina’s best gold medal