Venezuela at the 2012 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 2012 Summer Olympics in London
Competitors 69 in 15 sports
Flag bearer Fabiola Ramos (opening)
Jessica López (closing)
Medals
Rank50
Gold
1
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
1
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games

Venezuela competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, from July 27 to August 12, 2012.[1] This was the nation's seventeenth consecutive appearance at the Olympics, since its debut at the same host city in 1948. Celebrating the nation's Olympic debut, the British Embassy in Caracas invited former track cyclist Julio César León to travel back to the United Kingdom, and revisit his memories as the first Venezuelan athlete in history to compete at the games.[2]

With the absence of baseball and softball at the Olympics, the Venezuelan Olympic Committee (Spanish: Comité Olímpico Venezolano, COV) sent the nation's second-largest delegation to the Games. A total of 69 athletes, 43 men and 29 women, competed in 15 sports. There was only a single competitor in artistic gymnastics, shooting, and table tennis. Among the sports played by the athletes, Venezuela marked its Olympic debut in beach volleyball.

Notable Venezuelan athletes featured sisters Andreína and Yanel Pinto in freestyle and open water swimming, all-around gymnast Jessica López, and track cyclist Daniela Larreal, who made her Olympic comeback in London after an eight-year absence. Table tennis player Fabiola Ramos, who competed at her fifth Olympics as the most experienced athlete, became Venezuela's second consecutive flag bearer at the opening ceremony, and the fourth in Olympic history.

Venezuela left London with its first ever gold medal since 1968, and the second in Olympic history.[3] It was awarded to fencer Rubén Limardo, who won the men's individual épée.

Medalists[edit]

Competitors[edit]

Sport Men Women Total
Archery 1 1 2
Athletics 8 5 13
Boxing 2 1 3
Cycling 7 5 12
Diving 2 1 3
Fencing 3 3 6
Gymnastics 0 1 1
Judo 2 1 3
Sailing 2 0 2
Shooting 0 1 1
Swimming 7 3 10
Table tennis 1 0 1
Volleyball 2 0 2
Weightlifting 1 2 3
Wrestling 5 2 7
Total 43 26 69

Archery[edit]

Venezuela qualified two archers.

Athlete Event Ranking round Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Score Seed Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Elías Malavé Men's individual 666 25  Kuo C-w (TPE) (39)
L 5–6
Did not advance
Leidys Brito Women's individual 634 45  Cheng M (CHN) (20)
L 4–6
Did not advance

Athletics[edit]

Venezuelan athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event at the 'A' Standard, and 1 at the 'B' Standard)):[4][5]

Key
  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Men
Track and road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Albert Bravo 400 m 45.61 5 q 46.22 7 Did not advance
Pedro Mora Marathon N/A 2:22.40 62
José Peña 3000 m steeplechase 8:24.06 8 N/A Did not advance
Edward Villanueva 1500 m 3:43.11 11 Did not advance
Albert Bravo
Omar Longart
José Meléndez
Alberto Aguilar
Arturo Ramírez
4×400 m relay 3:02.62 4 q N/A 3:02.18 7
Women
Track and road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Yolimar Pineda Marathon N/A 2:45:16 94
Milángela Rosales 20 km walk N/A 1:42:46 55
Nercelis Soto 200 m 23.54 8 Did not advance
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Yusbely Parra Javelin throw DNS Did not advance
Rosa Rodríguez Hammer throw 67.34 27 Did not advance

Boxing[edit]

Venezuela has qualified boxers for the following events

Men
Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Gabriel Maestre Welterweight  Ghasemipour (IRI)
W 13–8
 Lusizi (RSA)
W 18–13
 Sapiyev (KAZ)
L 9–20
Did not advance
José Espinoza Middleweight  Harcsa (HUN)
L 13–16
Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Karlha Magliocco Flyweight  Matos (BRA)
W 15–14
 Esparza (USA)
L 16–24
Did not advance

Cycling[edit]

Venezuela has qualified in the following events

Road[edit]

Athlete Event Time Rank
Tomás Gil Men's road race 5:46:37 70
Men's time trial 57:05.12 33
Jackson Rodríguez Men's road race 5:46:37 51
Miguel Ubeto 5:46:37 45
Danielys García Women's road race Did not finish

Track[edit]

Sprint
Athlete Event Qualification Round 1 Repechage 1 Round 2 Repechage 2 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Time
Speed (km/h)
Rank Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Rank
Hersony Canelon Men's sprint 10.123
71.125
6  Kelemen (CZE)
L REL
 Dawkins (NZL)
W 10.439
68.972
 Perkins (AUS)
L REL
 Nakagawa (JPN)
 Awang (MAS)
L
Did not advance 9th place final
 Nakagawa (JPN)
 Kelemen (CZE)
 Esterhuizen (RSA)
L
12
Daniela Larreal Women's sprint 11.569
62.235
16  Guo S (CHN)
L
 Kanis (NED)
 Cueff (FRA)
L
Did not advance
Team sprint
Athlete Event Qualification Semifinals Final
Time
Speed (km/h)
Rank Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Rank Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Rank
Hersony Canelon
Cesar Marcano
Angel Pulgar
Men's team sprint 44.654
60.464
9 Did not advance
Daniela Larreal
María Estela Vilera
Women's team sprint 34.320
52.447
8 Q  China (CHN)
L 34.415
52.302
7 Did not advance
Keirin
Athlete Event 1st Round Repechage 2nd Round Final
Rank Rank Rank Rank
Hersony Canelon Men's keirin 3 R 2 Q 5 12
Daniela Larreal Women's keirin 3 R 3 Q 6 9
Omnium
Athlete Event Flying lap Points race Elimination race Individual pursuit Scratch race Time trial Total points Rank
Time Rank Points Rank Rank Time Rank Rank Time Rank
Carlos Linares Men's omnium 13.863 16 −18 16 14 4:36.477 16 18 1:06.773 16 96 17
Angie González Women's omnium 15.115 17 20 9 18 3:54.926 17 17 37.578 17 95 18

BMX[edit]

Athlete Event Seeding Semifinal Final
Result Rank Points Rank Result Rank
Stefany Hernández Women's BMX 41.253 12 15 5 Did not advance

Diving[edit]

Venezuela has qualified in the following events.

Men
Athlete Event Preliminaries Semifinals Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Edickson Contreras 3 m springboard 301.45 28 Did not advance
Robert Páez 382.60 25 Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Preliminaries Semifinals Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Jocelyn Castillo 3 m springboard 266.00 23 Did not advance

Fencing[edit]

Venezuela has qualified 5 fencers.

Men
Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Silvio Fernández Individual épée N/A  Alexanin (KAZ)
W 15–12
 Kudayev (UZB)
W 15–3
 Kesley (USA)
L 9–15
Did not advance
Rubén Limardo N/A  Fayez (EGY)
W 15–13
 Heinzer (SUI)
W 15-11
 Pizzo (ITA)
W 15–12
 Kelsey (USA)
W 6–5
 Piasecki (NOR)
W 15–10
1
Hernan Jansen Individual sabre  Samandi (TUN)
W 15–13
 Yakimenko (RUS)
L 4–15
Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Maria Martinez Individual épée  Duplitzer (GER)
L 10–15
Did not advance
Johana Fuenmayor Individual foil  El Gammal (EGY)
W 15–9
 Errigo (ITA)
L 4–15
Did not advance
Alejandra Benitez Individual sabre N/A  Lee R-J (KOR)
W 15–9
 Velikaya (RUS)
L 10–15
Did not advance

Gymnastics[edit]

Artistic[edit]

Women
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
F V UB BB F V UB BB
Jessica López All-around 13.900 14.566 14.266 13.933 56.665 13 Q 13.800 14.800 13.900 13.000 55.500 18

Judo[edit]

Venezuela has qualified 3 judokas

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Bronze Medal Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Javier Guédez Men's −60 kg Bye  A Lamusi (CHN)
W 0111–0000
 Sobirov (UZB)
L 0000–1000
Did not advance
Ricardo Valderrama Men's −66 kg Bye  Drakšič (SLO)
L 0001–0010
Did not advance
Giovanna Blanco Women's +78 kg N/A Bye  Sugimoto (JPN)
L 0000–0100
Did not advance

Sailing[edit]

Venezuela has qualified 2 boat for each of the following events

Men
Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 M*
Daniel Flores RS:X 37 37 29 32 30 24 32 29 23 19 EL 252 31
Jose Miguel Ruíz Laser 45 46 34 37 42 36 33 44 35 28 EL 333 41

M = Medal race; EL = Eliminated – did not advance into the medal race;

Shooting[edit]

Women
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Points Rank Points Rank
Maribel Pineda 25 m pistol 560 38 Did not advance
10 m air pistol 365 45 Did not advance

Swimming[edit]

Venezuelan swimmers have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following events (up to a maximum of 2 swimmers in each event at the Olympic Qualifying Time (OQT), and potentially 1 at the Olympic Selection Time (OST)[6][7]

Men
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Alejandro Gómez 1500 m freestyle 15:27.38 23 N/A Did not advance
Marcos Lavado 200 m butterfly 1:59.31 27 Did not advance
Erwin Maldonado 10 km open water N/A 1:50:52.9 13
Cristian Quintero 200 m freestyle 1:48.71 22 Did not advance
400 m freestyle 3:50.44 16 N/A Did not advance
Albert Subirats 100 m butterfly 53.18 29 Did not advance
Crox Acuña
Octavio Alesi
Alejandro Gómez
Marcos Lavado
Cristian Quintero
4×100 m freestyle relay 3:22.68 15 N/A Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Andreína Pinto 400 m freestyle 4:08.45 15 N/A Did not advance
800 m freestyle 8:26.43 6 Q N/A 8:29.28 8
200 m butterfly 2:11.23 22 Did not advance
400 m individual medley 4:48.64 27 N/A Did not advance
Yanel Pinto 10 km open water N/A 1:59:05.8 14
Arlene Semeco 50 m freestyle 25.56 28 Did not advance
100 m freestyle 56.90 33 Did not advance

Table tennis[edit]

Venezuela qualified one athlete.

Athlete Event Preliminary round Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Fabiola Ramos Women's singles Bye  Tóth (HUN)
L 3–4
Did not advance

Volleyball[edit]

Beach[edit]

Athlete Event Preliminary round Standing Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Igor Hernández
Jesus Villafañe
Men's Pool E
 NummerdorSchuil (NED)
L 1 – 2 (18–21, 21–17, 10–15)
 PļaviņšŠmēdiņš (LAT)
L 0 – 2 (14–21, 16–21)
 ErdmannMatysik (GER)
L 1 – 2 (22–20, 16–21, 11-15)
4 Did not advance 19

Weightlifting[edit]

Venezuela has qualified 1 man and 2 women.

Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Junior Sánchez Men's −69 kg 148 4 180 4 328 5
Betsi Rivas Women's −48 kg 70 10 98 6 168 8
Inmara Henríquez Women's −53 kg 81 14 113 5 194 10

Wrestling[edit]

Venezuela has qualified in the following events

Key:

  • VT - Victory by Fall.
  • PP - Decision by Points - the loser with technical points.
  • PO - Decision by Points - the loser without technical points.
Men's freestyle
Athlete Event Qualification Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Ricardo Roberty −74 kg  Midana (GBS)
L 1–3 PP
Did not advance 12
José Daniel Díaz −84 kg BYE  Zvirbulis (LAT)
L 1–3 PP
Did not advance 17
Men's Greco-Roman
Athlete Event Qualification Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Luis Liendo −60 kg BYE  Kebispayev (KAZ)
L 0–3 PO
Did not advance 12
Wuileixis Rivas −66 kg BYE  Guénot (FRA)
L 0–3 PO
Did not advance 16
Erwin Caraballo −96 kg  Arusaar (EST)
L 0–3 PO
Did not advance 19
Women's freestyle
Athlete Event Qualification Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Mayelis Caripá −48 kg BYE  Engelhardt (GER)
W 3–1 PP
 Merleni (UKR)
L 0–5 VT
Did not advance 10
Marcia Andrades −55 kg  Zholobova (RUS)
L 0–3 PO
Did not advance 19

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Venezuela". The Daily Telegraph. 29 July 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Embassy invites first Venezuelan Olympian to return to London". news. Press Dpto. British Embassy in Caracas. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Venezuela Olympian Ruben Limardo gets hero's welcome". BBC News. 7 August 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "iaaf.org – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  5. ^ IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – London 2012 ENTRY STANDARDS, IAAF, retrieved 8 September 2011 
  6. ^ "Swimming World Rankings". FINA. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  7. ^ FÉDÉRATION INTERNATIONALE DE NATATION – Swimming, FINA, retrieved 8 September 2011