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

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" (PDF) (in Spanish). The International Federation of Basque Pelota (FIPV). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-09-20.