Venezuela at the 1948 Summer Olympics

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Venezuela at the Olympic Games

Flag of Venezuela
IOC code  VEN
NOC Comité Olímpico Venezolano
Website www.cov.net.ve (Spanish)
At the 1948 Summer Olympics in London
Competitors 1 in 1 sport
Flag bearer Julio César León
Medals Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
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Total
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Venezuela was one of the fourteen nations that made their first official appearance at the Summer Olympics at the 1948 Summer Olympics held in London, United Kingdom. The National Olympic Committee for Venezuela was recognized by the IOC in 1935 but it did not send any Venezuelan representation because it was sceptical about the possibilities of their athletes against European competitors. Julio César León, the first and only representative of Venezuela in those games had to get support from the British Embassy in Caracas in order to travel to London.[1][2]

Competitors[edit]

Sport Men Women Total
Cycling 1 0 1
Total 1 0 1

Cycling[edit]

Cycling at the 1948 Summer Olympics

188 athletes of 33 countries competed in 6 events between August 7 to 11[3] at the Herne Hill Velodrome, London, Great Britain for track events while road events took place at the Windsor Great Park.

Track[edit]

In the sprint event cyclists were draw in heats of two qualifying the winners while the losers contested repechage races before definitive elimination. The UCI decided to reduced the length of the race from the usually 1,000 metres to 920 metres in order to perform the competition in 2 laps.[3] In the 1,000 metres time trial event cyclists competed individually and tried to perform the best time they could.

Sprint

23 athletes competed at this event.

Athlete Round 1 Repechage Round 2 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Julio César León  Cortoni (ARG)
L
 Gonsalves (TRI)
W 12.6
 Ghella (ITA)
L
Did not advance
Time trial

21 athletes competed at this event.

Athlete Time Rank
Julio César León 1:18.1 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ "La odisea del primer venezolano en los Olímpicos" (in Spanish). BBC Noticias. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Venezuela at the 1948 London Summer Games". Sport Reference. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b THE OFFICIAL REPORT OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR THE XIV OLYMPIAD. London: THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR THE XIV OLYMPIAD. 1951. p. 766. 

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