The Ecuadorian Olympic Committee took stock of the national participation in Buenos Aires 2018. The wrestler Jeremy Peralta, silver medalist, was in the event.
Jeremy Peralta does not want to get the medal out of his neck. The silver medal he won at the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games is a sort of “war trophy” for him. And it is not for less, that young fighter of 15 years is one of the 7 athletes who rose to the podium in this world event.
Peralta proudly wore his medal yesterday during the press conference in which the Ecuadorian Olympic Committee (COE) took stock of the participation of the national delegation in Buenos Aires. With him were his mom, friends and other athletes with the “tricolor” team.
“I do not want to take it out or to bathe, worse to sleep,” joked Peralta when asked what that medal meant in his short career. While the Ecuadorian medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling answered the questions of journalists, his mother looked at him with eyes of tenderness. I watched him closely and listened attentively to every word he said. Ecuador met in Buenos Aires with its best participation in a Youth Olympic Games.
According to data from the Sports Secretariat, the country occupied position 42 among the 206 nations that participated in the event. While at the level of the countries that make up the Pan American Sports Organization, Ecuador occupied the eighth box.
These Youth Games are historic for Ecuador, compared to previous editions, where only one silver was won in Singapore 2010 and one bronze in Nanjing 2014, compared to the seven medals of Buenos Aires 2018 (1 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze). “The Ecuadorian sport is adding.
Ecuador is shining with its own light, “said Augusto Morán, president of the COE. In these Games, Ecuador participated in 38 competitions and in 24 it was placed in the top 10. Of the 29 athletes, 13 of them ranked among the top five.
Athletics was the sport with the highest result, with nine qualified athletes, three obtained medals (1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze).
The athlete Óscar Patín (17 years old) gave the country the first Olympic gold medal in these competitions, in the 5,000 meters march. Yuleisi Angulo, in javelin throwing, not only achieved silver medal, but a national and South American record U18 with 55.21 meters.
Also, it was remarkable the intervention of Jeremy Peralta in Greco-Roman wrestling (45 kg) and Pablo Calvache in artistic gymnastics by teams, who climbed the podium to get silver and demonstrate their entire caste before the 206 countries that participated in the largest sporting event youth.
In the 100 meters, Gabriela Suárez won the bronze medal and broke the U18 national and South American record with the 11:29 mark, demonstrating an explosive technique, with good acceleration and finishing.
The combat sports also had magnificent performances with Darlyn Padilla (-73 kg) in taekwondo; and Edith Ortiz (-78 kg) in judo by teams, who conquered the bronze. Other athletes transcended and placed among the best 5 in their disciplines: María Villalva, fourth (46: 15.45) in the 5,000 m march; Jean Mairongo, fifth (72.22 m) in javelin throw; Anicka Delgado in swimming, fifth in the 50 m butterfly; Carlos Escudero (+94 kg), fourth in weightlifting with a total of 325 kg; Bella Paredes (63 kg), fifth in the same discipline, with a total of 203 kg; and Paula Vega, fifth in triathlon (sprint). (I)