The weightlifter obtained the triumph in the categories Start, Envion and Total Lift in 58 kg, the night of this Sunday, in the Bolivarian Games. Before, the equitador Diego Vivero prevailed in the equestrian competition of speed.
The weightlifter Alexandra Escobar was filled with glory yesterday in Santa Marta, winning 3 gold medals in the 58 kilogram category. The Esmeraldan, 37, was in the competition to win the tests of Start, Envion and total sum of lifting.
Meanwhile, camaraderie is a characteristic of the Ecuadorian delegation. On Saturday, for example, the triathlete Elizabeth Bravo was confused between the support staff and logistics of the Bolivarian Games to get to Nathaly Caldas, double gold medalist in the South American Beach Games 2011, in Manta, in the events of 5 and 10 kilometers, and third in the two open water distances of the South American Swimming Championship in Belem. Caldas, cuencana of birth, got her black lycra sand brand accommodated to enter the sea of Salguero Beach, which looked riotous. When she was almost ready, Bravo joined her and offered her help. The swimmer accepted it without qualms and gave her sunblock. She also put transparent cream between the seams of the suit so that it would not cut his skin.
The scene is also repeated as a kind of ritual with Samantha Arévalo, a consecrated figure of the open waters of the Bolivarian Games after winning double champion in the 5 and 10 kilometers of this swimming pool. In this last distance, ‘Samy’, as they call her, dominated the competition from start to finish to take about five seconds of advantage to their rivals when leaving the sea. After that, the Peruvian María Bramont and Liliana Hernández, Venezuelan arrived. According to Bravo, this gesture of solidarity is not new. Account that usually attend each other before the competitions and that the bond that joins them was born after sharing hours and hours of training in Cuenca.
“We help each other in what we can. We have shared many trainings together, we have spent a lot of time in the water, we are very close friends and I am sure that they will win two more gold medals for Ecuador, “predicted the athlete, who did not have her rematch in the Bolivarian triathlon after she retired of the individual test for technical problems of her bicycle. Bravo, who on Saturday placed the silver medal triathlon, relay mode, made an almost exact premonition. Samantha hung her second golden medal in Santa Marta and Ivan Enderica, who had remained with the bronze in the 5 kilometers, won with the silver in the 10 kilometers.
Arévalo stopped being an expectation for the samarios to become reality. From this weekend they look at her with reverence. After winning their second test, everyone wanted to be photographed with her. “That girl is from another world,” said Antonio Gonzalez, a soft drink salesman who, for the time being, paralyzed his activities to see the arrival of the Ecuadorian woman on the beach. “I respect that girl,” said a woman in charge of collecting the urine sample from the national athlet for the anti-doping test.
Samantha is made of iron. She is the closest thing to a machine on water. It seems that he had an outboard motor built into his body. She leaves the sea, after two hours of competition, as if nothing had happened. Proof of this is that it does not accept the help of the lifeguards waiting for the swimmers on the shore. She even comes out smiling and shows no signs of fatigue. So accustomed is to the bustle of the competition that from today will intervene in the pool tests. The Ecuadorian swim team registered it in the combined 200 and 400 meters.
“This time I’m going to participate in the pool. This is how I started in reality and although I am more focused on open waters, in this case I will have the opportunity to participate for my country and give my best “. Samantha represented Ecuador in the 800 meter freestyle Olympic swimming test in London 2012, but it is the open water modality that gives her and the country the greatest satisfaction.
Ecuador is one of the favorite teams to reach the podium in the riding trials, which include training and jumping, which take place in the Army Riding School, in the south-east of Bogotá, Colombia
Ecuador has won 82 medals in this games.
The athlete will participate in the 200m and 400m swimming pool trials, which is where she started swimming. However, the open water modality, in which it started in 2013, gives it more satisfaction. (I)