Venezuela at the 1956 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 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne/Stockholm
Competitors 22 in 5 sports
Flag bearer Rafael Romero
Medals Gold
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Venezuela competed at the 1956 Summer Olympics held in Melbourne, Australia, and in the equestrian events held in Stockholm, Sweden. 22 competitors, all men, were selected by the Comité Olímpico Venezolano to take part in 16 events in 5 sports.[1][2] This was the first and one of the only three times[3] a Venezuelan equestrian representation were sent to a Summer Olympics Games. Venezuela will not send any other equestrian team until 1988 Summer Olympics. Also these games were the second time of a total of four[4] that Venezelan women will not compete in any events at the Summer Olympics.

Competitors[edit]

Sport Men Women Total
Athletics 4 0 4
Boxing 2 0 2
Cycling 4 0 4
Equestrian 3 0 3
Shooting 9 0 9
Total 22 0 22

Athletics[edit]

718 athletes of 59 countries competed in 33 events between November 23 to December 1[5] at the Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia. 4 athletes represented Venezuela in 3 events.

Track[edit]

Men

65 athletes competed at the 100 metres event, 67 at the 200 metres and 72 athletes from 18 teams at the 4x100 metres relay.[5]

Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Clive Bonas 100 metres 10.9 3 Did not advance
Rafael Romero 100 metres 10.9 4 Did not advance
200 metres 21.8 3 Did not advance
Apolinar Solórzano 200 metres No mark DQ Did not advance
Alfonso Bruno
Apolinar Solórzano
Clive Bonas
Rafael Romero
4 x 100 m relay 42 4 N/A N/A Did not advance

Boxing[edit]

161 boxers of 34 countries competed in 10 events between November 23 to December 1[5] at the West Melbourne Stadium, Melbourne, Australia. 2 boxers represented Venezuela in 2 events.

Men

22 boxers competed at the light-welterweight event and 16 at the welterweight.[5]

Athlete Event Round One Round Two Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Carlos Rodríguez Light-welterweight  Petersen (DEN)
L
Did not advance
Enrique Tovar Welterweight  Lane (USA)
L
Did not advance N/A Did not advance

Cycling[edit]

161 cyclists of 30 countries competed at 6 events between December 3 to 7[5] at the Olympic Park Velodrome, Melbourne, Australia, for track events and at Broadmeadows, Australia, for road events. 4 cyclists represented Venezuela at 3 events.

Track[edit]

Men

64 cyclists from 16 teams competed at this event.[5]

Athlete Event Round 1 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Time
Opposition
Time
Opposition
Time
Opposition
Time
Rank
Franco Cacioni
Domingo Rivas
Arsenio Chirinos
Antonio Montilla
Team Pursuit  Austria (AUT)
L
Did not advance

Road[edit]

Men

88 cyclists competed at the individual race and 79 cyclists from 20 teams at the team race.[5]

Athlete Event Rank Time
Franco Cacioni Individual Road Race Did not finish
Team Road Race Did not finish
Domingo Rivas Individual Road Race Did not finish
Team Road Race Did not finish
Arsenio Chirinos Individual Road Race Did not finish
Team Road Race Did not finish
Antonio Montilla Individual Road Race Did not finish
Team Road Race Did not finish

Equestrian[edit]

When the IOC awarded Melbourne with the XVIth Olympic Games, the government of Australia refused to change the strict quarantine laws of the country for the Olympic horses. These laws commands that all horses must expent a six-months quarantine pior competition, made it impractical for some competitors horses to be transported to Australia. IOC then awarded the equestrian events to Stockholm. 158 athletes of 29 countries competed at 6 events between June 11 to 17 at the Olympic Stadium. The cross-country or endurance test of the eventing event was held in different locaitions according to the phase constested.[6] In the jumping event, riders and horses must completed a course with 14 obstacles twice in 2 rounds triying to avoid as many faults as possible. Positions were decided by the total score of the 2 rounds. Faults were scored by refusing to jump, running out, falls of the riders from the horse or both, rail down with the hooves, land any foot in the water in the water jump and time penalties. Scores for individual and team events were awarded in the same performance.[7] 3 riders and horses represented Venezuela in 2 events.

Men

66 riders and horses of 22 teams competed at these events.[6]

Athlete Horse Event Round 1 Round 2 Final
Penalties Rank Penalties Rank Total Rank
Víctor Molina Tamanaco Individual jumping 108.5 DNF Eliminated
Jesús Rivas Murachi Individual jumping 108.5 DNF Eliminated
Roberto Moll Sorocaima Individual jumping 108.5 DNF Eliminated
Víctor Molina
Jesús Rivas
Roberto Moll
Tamanaco
Murachi
Sorocaima
Team jumping 325.5 DNF Eliminated

Shooting[edit]

157 shooters from 37 countries competed in 7 events between November 29 to December 5[5] on the Army rifle range at Williamstown, Australia. 9 shooters represented Venezuela in 6 events.

Men

35 shooters competed in the silhouette event, 33 in free pistol, 44 in small-bore rifle, both prone and three positions, 11 in running deer and 32 in clay pigeon.[5]

Athlete Event Final
Points Rank
Carlos Monteverde Rapid Fire Pistol, 25 metres 572 10
Carlos Crassus Rapid Fire Pistol, 25 metres 555 20
Héctor de Lima Polanco Free Pistol, 50 metres 511 24
José Bernal Free Pistol, 50 metres 508 25
Juan Llabot Small-Bore Rifle, Three Positions, 50 metres 1,118 32
Small-Bore Rifle, Prone, 50 metres 592 33
Enrique Lucca Small-Bore Rifle, Prone, 50 metres 594 25
[[Germán Briceño]- Who competed under the name of G.E. Martinez] Running Target, Single And Double Shot 375 9
Franco Mignini Trap 172 19
Raúl Olivo Trap 165 19

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Venezuela at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Venezuela at the 1956 Stockholm Equestrian Games". Sports References. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Venezuela Equestrianism". Sports Reference. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  4. ^ The other ones were: London 1948, Mexico 1968 and Moscow 1980.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i THE OFFICIAL REPORT OF THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE FOR THE GAMES XVI OLYMPIAD MELBOURNE 1956. Melbourne: The Organizing Committee of the XVI Olympiad. 1958. p. 763. 
  6. ^ a b The Official Report of the Organizing Committee for the Equestrian Games of the XVIth Olympiad STOCKHOLM 1956. Stockholm: The Organizing Committee for the Equestrian Games of the XVIth Olympiad. 1959. p. 288. 
  7. ^ "Equestrianism at the 1956 Stockholm Equestrian Games: Mixed Jumping, Team". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 

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