Basque pelota at the 1992 Summer Olympics

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Basque pelota

Basque Pelota was a demonstration sport at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. It was the fourth and last time that the sport was included in the Olympic program; it was an official Olympic sport at the 1900 Games in Paris, and a demonstration sport in 1924 and 1968.

The Basque Pelota events were held from 25 July to 5 August in the Olympic area of Vall d'Hebron, where a 54m long court, a 36m long court, and a trinquet were built and a 30m long court was refurbished. In each modality, the participants were the four best classified countries at the World Championships held in Cuba in 1990. However the United States renounced to participate and had to be replaced by the team that had finished in fifth place when necessary.[1]

Events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Basket-pelota (54m)  Konpa, Atain, Celaya, Oianguren
Spain (ESP)
 Bordes, Etcheberry, Etchalus, Abadoberry
France (FRA)
 Valdes Brothers, Ugartechea
Mexico (MEX)
Frontenis, Men’s (30m)  Salazar Brothers
Mexico (MEX)
 Gonzalez, Anduiza
Cuba (CUB)
 Velasco, Fite, Font, Roig
Spain (ESP)
Frontenis, Women’s (30m)  Flores, Muñoz
Mexico (MEX)
 Navarrete, Palacios, Ortiz, Martinez
Spain (ESP)
 Sabalza, Rollet, Claverie, Celan
France (FRA)
Hand-pelota doubles (Trinquet)  Saldaña Brothers, Santamaria, Zea
Mexico (MEX)
 Goñi, Larrañaga, Choperena, Ruiz
Spain (ESP)
 Muscarditz, Cotabarren, Sallaberry, Falxa
France (FRA)
Paleta-leather (Trinquet)  Elortondo, Abadia, Bizzozero
Argentina (ARG)
 Mendiluce, Altadill, Ubanell, Egaña
Spain (ESP)
 Arenas, Cambos, Cazemayor, Petrissans
France (FRA)
Paleta-rubber (Trinquet)  Ross Brothers, Romano, Miró
Argentina (ARG)
 Lissar, Lasalle, Amadoz
France (FRA)
 Irizar, Pagoaga, Sagarzazu, Eguinoa
Spain (ESP)
Hand-pelota singles (36m)  Beloki, Baceta
Spain (ESP)
 Hirigoyen, Muguida
France (FRA)
 Quesada, López Carrillo
Cuba (CUB)
Hand-pelota doubles (36m)  Lujambio, Balerdi, Balanza, Fernández
Spain (ESP)
 Juzan, Mutuberria, Bergara, Espil
France (FRA)
 Vera, Olivos, Izquierdo
Mexico (MEX)
Paleta-leather (36m)  Insausti, Juan Pablo, Tejada, Huros
Spain (ESP)
 Iniestra, Musi, Aguirre, Mercadillo
Mexico (MEX)
 Filippo, Huete, Canut, Elortondo
Argentina (ARG)
Short bat (36m)  Daniel, Gárrido, Hernández, Araujo
Spain (ESP)
 Iniestra, Musi, Medina
Mexico (MEX)
 González R., González V.
Cuba (CUB)

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Spain (ESP) 5 3 2 10
2  Mexico (MEX) 3 2 2 7
3  Argentina (ARG) 2 0 1 3
4  France (FRA) 0 4 3 7
5  Cuba (CUB) 0 1 2 3

Note: Since Basque Pelota was a demonstration sport, medals were awarded, but the medals were not "official" (and did not count in the respective nations' medal totals).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "La Pelota Vasca en los Juegos Olímpicos" (in Spanish). The International Federation of Basque Pelota (FIPV).