How has Chile fared historically in the Olympic Games??

How has Chile fared historically in the Olympic Games??
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Last update March 14, 2024 by colgadosporelfutbol

The Olympic Games are just a few months away from opening and countries and athletes are preparing with everything to appear in the medal table.. Of course, The favorites this time are the USA, China, Russia and Japan, while Latin American nations hope to surprise in certain sports. Thus, in this opportunity, It is worth remembering how Chile has done in its Olympic participation and knowing what hopes it has of achieving a gold medal in Paris. 2024.

THE FIRST PARTICIPATION OF THE “AUSTRALES”

The first time that the Chilean Olympic Committee participated in sports events of this category was in Amsterdam 1928, where he just got his first medal in history. Athletics was the sport that started the medals for the “australs”, and the hero was Manuel Plaza, who finished second in a marathon with a time of 2 hours 33 minutes and 23 seconds.

THE DECADE OF THE 50'S WAS AN OLYMPIC RESURGENCE

After not participating in Los Angeles 1932 and not get a performance in Berlin 1936 and London 1948, The Chilean Olympic Committee once again obtains an outstanding participation in the Helsinki summer games 1952 when getting 2 silver medals in the same sport: riding. Both medals (individually and in team jumps) were achieved by carabineros with great experience in military exercises.

Four years later, a Melbourne 1956, achieved what has so far been its best participation in an Olympic Games by achieving 4 medals. The first of them (plata), was obtained 28 November with Marlene Ahrens (the only female medalist from Chile) in javelin throw. The second and third (both bronze) were achieved 30 November with boxing from the hand of Claudio Barrientos (51-54 Kg) and Carlos Lucas (75-81 Kg). The last (plata), Ramón Tapia also achieved it in boxing (71-75 Kg), by finishing second by K.O.. against the Chinese Gennadiy Shatkov.

A DROUGHT OF 32 YEARS FOR THE CHILE OLYMPIC COMMITTEE

After the 50's, For Chile, sport was not a reason for joy in the Olympic Games. They had to wait until Seoul 1988 (32 years later) to feel the emotion of a medal again, this time, by the athlete Alfonso de Irruarrizaga, who won the silver medal in clay pigeon shooting with a skeet 221/225 points.

THE NEW MILLENNIUM BROUGHT THE PRECIOUS GOLD MEDAL

Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996 They were blank for the Chilean athletes, and it only went to Sydney 2000 that once again had a presence in the medal table. This time, Chilean football took its leap in quality and won a bronze medal with renowned players such as Iván Zamorano, Nelson Tapia, David Pizarro and Rodrigo Tello, among others.

Athens 2004 It was the breaking point for Chilean sport. In these Olympic games, tennis shone like never before and the Athletes Committee obtained 3 medals, 2 of them gold. Fernando González and Nicolás Massú were the heroes on this occasion. First, achieving an individual bronze medal and, the second, one single gold, But the amazing thing is that together they won a gold medal by beating the German athletes Nicolás Kiefer and Rainer Schüttler in men's doubles..

Beijing 2008 had a discreet participation compared to that carried out 4 years ago. In this edition, only one medal was obtained and it was silver. Tennis was once again the protagonist led by Fernando González, who improved his individual performance, but it was not enough for him to win gold when he lost the final against Rafael Nadal.

CAN CHILE GET A MEDAL AGAIN??

From Beijing 2008, The Chilean Olympic Committee has not managed to win a medal again. In Paris 2024 will seek to appear again in the medal table, but this time with 15 sportsmen. Definitely, a good opportunity to bet on each of the sports in which the Chilean delegation will participate and take advantage of the novibet bono to earn good profits.

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