Venezuela at the 1952 Summer Olympics

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Venezuela at the Olympic Games

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IOC code  VEN
NOC Comité Olímpico Venezolano
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At the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki
Competitors 38 in 8 sports
Flag bearer Arnoldo Devonish
Medals
Rank: 40
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
1
Total
1
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Venezuela competed at the 1952 Summer Olympics held in Helsinki, Finland. 38 competitors, 36 men and 2 women, were selected by the Comité Olímpico Venezolano to take part in 37 events in 8 sports.[1] For the first time, women took part in a Venezuelan representation in the Summer Olympics. These were the fencers Gerda Muller and Ursula Selle, both competing in individual foil. Women's were absent of Venezuelan representations in four occasions including next summer games held in Melbourne. The 1952 Games were considered a great step forward in sports in Venezuela since previous Venezuelan delegation was of only one athlete. Arnoldo Devonish won the nation's first ever Olympic medal and to date only Olympic Medallist in Athletics.

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Bronze Devonish, ArnoldoArnoldo Devonish Athletics Men's Triple Jump 23 July

Competitors[edit]

Sport Men Women Total
Athletics 7 0 7
Boxing 5 0 5
Cycling 4 0 4
Fencing 8 2 10
Diving 1 0 1
Shooting 7 0 7
Swimming 1 0 1
Wrestling 3 0 3
Total 36 2 38

Acuatics[edit]

Swimming[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Round One Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Oscar Saiz 100 metres freestyle 1:01.7 6 Did not advance

Diving[edit]

76 athletes of 22 countries compited in 4 events between July 27 to August 2 at the Helsinki Swimming Stadium, Finland. 1 athlete represented Venezuela at 1 event.

Men
Athlete Event Preliminaries Final
Points Rank Points Rank
Eduardo Fereda 3 m springboard 41.98 36 Did not advance

Athletics[edit]

957 athletes from 57 countries competed in 33 events between July 20 to 27[1] at the Olympics Stadium, Helsinki, Finland. 7 athletes, all men, represented Venezuela in 11 events.

Track[edit]

In sprint events (100, 200 and 400 metres), athletes were draw in 12 Heats, qualifying the best 3 of every heat to Quarter and Semifinals, both qualifaying the best 2 of each heat. In middle distance events (800 and 1500 metres), athletes were draw in Heats qualifying the best 3 or 4 of every heat to the Semifinals, where the best 3 or 6 of each heat advance. In 110 metres hurdles event athletles were draw in 6 Heats qualifying the best 2 to the Semifinals, further qualifying the best 3 of every heat.

Men

72 athletes competed in the 100m event, 71 in the 200m and 400m, 50 in the 800m, 52 in the 1500m and 30 in the 110m hurdles.[1]

Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Juan Leiva 100 metres 11.31 5 Did not advance
200 metres 22.38 3 Did not advance
Guillermo Gutiérrez 100 metres 11.42 5 Did not advance
400 metres 48.82 2 Q 48.75 4 Did not advance
Filemón Camacho 800 metres 2:00 5 N/A Did not advance
1500 metres 4:18 7 N/A Did not advance
Teófilo Davis 110 metres hurdles 15.96 5 N/A Did not advance

Field[edit]

In jump events (long, high and triple jump) athletes enters in a Qualifying round where every athlete who achieve qualifying criteria (7.20 for long jump, 1.87 for high jump and 14.55 for triple jump) or 12 best performances including ties (long jump only) advance to the Finals. In the Final round athletes had 3 attempts to clear several ascending mark barries. In the javelin throw event athletes must achieve 64.00 in order to qualified to the Finals.

Men

27 athletes competed in the long jump event, 36 in the high jump, 35 in the triple jump and 26 in the javelin throw.[1]

Athlete Event Qualifying Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Brígido Iriarte Long jump 6.82 20 Did not advance
Javelin throw 52.13 26 Did not advance
Teófilo Davis High jump 1.87 27 Q 1.80 24
Arnoldo Devonish Triple jump 15.24 2 Q 15.52 3

Combined[edit]

Athletes contested in 10 events on two days and were scored according to the 1952 IAAF scorting table.[2]

Men

28 athletes competed in this event.[1]

Athlete Event Total
Points
Position 100 metres Long Jump Shot Put High Jump 400 metres 110m H Discus Throw Pole Vault Javelin Throw 1500 metres
T Points Dis Points Dis Points Dis Points T Points T Points Dis Points Dis Points Dis Points T Points
Brígido Iriarte Decathlon 5,770 12 11.06 707 7.06 804 11.66 552 1.60 555 53.1 636 16.6 489 38.23 578 3.40 476 55.55 637 4:49.8 336

Boxing[edit]

240 athletes of 44 countries competed in 10 events between July 28 to August 2[1] at the Messuhalli Hall, Helsinki, Finland. 5 athletes, all men, represented Venezuela in 5 events.

Men

23 boxers competed in the bantamweight class event, 30 in the featherweight class, 27 in the lightweight class, 28 in the light-welterweight class and 29 in the welterweight class.[1]

Athlete Event Round One Round Two Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Ángel Amaya Bantamweight  Macías (MEX)
L 0-3
Did not advance
Luis Aranguren Featherweight  Schirra (SAA)
L 2-1
Did not advance
Vicente Matute Lightweight BYE  Ali (PAK)
W KO
 Pakkanen (FIN)
L 0-3
Did not advance
Salomón Carrizales Light-Welterweight  Pinto (BRA)
W 2-1
 Adkins (USA)
L 0-3
Did not advance
Sergio Gascue Welterweight  Linca (ROU)
L 0-3
Did not advance

Cycling[edit]

214 athletes of 36 countries competed in 6 events between July 28 to 31[1] at the Helsinki Velodrome, Finland, for track events. Road events were constested on August 2 at the Olympics Route. 4 Athletes represented Venezuela in 3 events.

Track[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Rank Time
Andoni Ituarte 1000 m time trial 15 1:15.4
Men
Athlete Event Round 1 Repechage 1 Quarterfinals Repechage 2 Semifinals Repechage 3 Final
Opposition
Time
Opposition
Time
Opposition
Time
Opposition
Time
Opposition
Time
Opposition
Time
Opposition
Time
Rank
Luis Toro Sprint  Hijzelendoorn (NED)
 Robinson (RSA)
 Hromjak (USA)
L
 Potzernheim (GER)
 Dadunashvili (URS)
 Hromjak (USA)
 Törn (FIN)
L
Did not advance
Men
Athlete Event Qualifying Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Time Rank Opposition
Time
Opposition
Time
Opposition
Time
Rank
Luis Toro
Danilo Heredia
Andoni Ituarte
Ramón Echegaray
Team Pursuit 5:16.2 20 Did not advance

Fencing[edit]

287 athletes of 32 countries competed in 7 events between July 21 and August 1[1] at the Westend Tennis Hall, Espoo, Finland. All events consist of four stages, Round One, Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Final, where the fencers were draw in pools in every stage. 10 fencers, 8 men and 2 women, represented Venezuela in all events. Venezuelan fencer Gerda Muller (age 15) was the youngest participant in competition.

Men

In individuals events, 61 fencer competed in the foil event, 76 in the épée and 66 in sabre. In teams events, 77 fencers from 15 teams competed in the foil event, 97 from 19 teams in épée and 95 from 19 teams in sabre.[1]

Athlete Event Round One Quarterfinal Semifinal Final Pool
Opposition Rank Opposition Rank Opposition Rank Opposition Rank
Juan Kavanagh Individual foil  Magnusson (SWE)  Bokun (URS)
 Galimi (ARG)  Paul (GBR)
 Lund (AUS)  Asselin (CAN)
6 Did not advance
Augusto Gutiérrez Individual foil  Chelaru (ROU)  Lubell (USA)
 Ramos (MEX)  Midler (URS)
 Bach (SAA)  Rimini (URU)
Tie
on
6
Did not advance
Giovanni Bertorelli Individual foil  Klette (NOR)  Rydström (SWE)
 Wendon (GBR)  Fethers (AUS)
 Eisenecker (GER)  Duffy (IRL)
 Rau (SAA)
8 Did not advance
Giovanni Bertorelli
Nelson Nieves
Juan Kavanagh
Gustavo Gutiérrez
Augusto Gutiérrez
Team foil  Great Britain (GBR)
 Italy (ITA)
3 Did not advance
Gustavo Gutiérrez Individual épée  Krajewski (POL)  Haro (MEX)
 Kerttula (FIN)  Sákovics (HUN)
 Eriksen (NOR)  Henrion (BEL)
 López (GUA)
Tie
on
5
Did not advance
Giovanni Bertorelli Individual épée  Rerrich (HUN)  Jay (GBR)
 Pekelman (BRA)  Rydz (POL)
 Deksbakh (URS)  Chelaru (ROU)
 Duffy (IRL)
Tie
on
7
Did not advance
Juan Camous Individual épée  Berzsenyi (HUN)  Wiik (FIN)
 Ramos (MEX)  Bougnol (FRA)
 Skrobisch (USA)  Kroggel (GER)
 Maki (JPN)
5 Did not advance
Gustavo Gutiérrez
Giovanni Bertorelli
Olaf Sandner
Juan Camous
Team épée  Belgium (BEL)
 Denmark (DEN)
 Portugal (POR)
4 Did not advance
Olaf Sandner Individual sabre  Loisel (AUT)  Suski (POL)
 Pomini (ARG)  Santo (ROU)
 Ruben (DEN)  Lund (AUS)
 Menegalli (SUI)
7 Did not advance
Gustavo Gutiérrez Individual sabre  Heywaert (BEL)  Manayenko (URS)
 Pawłowski (POL)  Carnera (DEN)
 Rau (SAA)  Fethers (AUS)
 Cámara (MEX)
8 Did not advance
Edmundo López Individual sabre  Tudor (ROU)  Van Der Auwera (BEL)
 Nordin (SWE)  Amez-Droz (SUI)
 Liebscher (GER)  López (GUA)
 Knödler (SAA)
Tie
on
6
Did not advance
Augusto Gutiérrez
Olaf Sandner
Gustavo Gutiérrez
Edmundo López
Team sabre  Austria (AUT)
 Italy (ITA)
3 Did not advance
Women

37 fencers competed in the individual foil event.[1]

Athlete Event Round One Quarterfinal Semifinal Final Pool
Opposition Rank Opposition Rank Opposition Rank Opposition Rank
Ursula Selle Individual foil  Lachmann (DEN)  Camber-Corno (ITA)
 Buller (GBR)  Shitikova (URS)
 Kalka (FIN)  Włodarczyk (POL)
6 Did not advance
Gerda Muller Individual foil  Elek (HUN)  Drand (FRA)
 Irigoyen (ARG)  Wenisch-Filz (AUT)
 Sjöblom (FIN)
Tie
on
5
Did not advance

Shooting[edit]

218 athletes competed in 7 events between July 25 to 29[1] at the Malmi Shooting Range and Huopalahti Range of Finnish Hunting Society, Helsinki, Finland. 7 athletes, all men, represented Venezuela in 5 envents.

Men

53 shooters competed in the silhouette event, 48 in the free pistol, 32 in the free rifle, 58 in the small-bore rifle, prone, and 44 in the small-bore rifle, three possitons.[1]

Athlete Event Final
Points Rank
Hernán Barreto Rapid Fire Pistol, 25 metres 558 20
Carlos Monteverde Rapid Fire Pistol, 25 metres 483 52
Héctor de Lima Polanco Free Pistol, 50 metres 506 37
Carlos Marrero Free Pistol, 50 metres 483 48
Rigoberto Rivero Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres 1,028 22
Humberto Briceño Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres 984 25
Small-Bore Rifle, Three Positions, 50 metres 1,104 33
Small-Bore Rifle, Prone, 50 metres 393 35
Rafael Arnal Small-Bore Rifle, Three Positions, 50 metres 1,083 39
Small-Bore Rifle, Prone, 50 metres 380 57

Wrestling[edit]

244 wrestlers from 37 countries competed in 16 events between July 20 to 27[1] at the Messuhalli Hall, Helsinki, Finland.

Men's freestyle

21 wrestlers competed in the featherweight class event, 17 in the middleweight class and 13 in the light-heavyweight class.[1]

Athlete Event Round One Round Two Round Three Round Four Round Five Round Six Round Seven Final Round
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Ignacio Lugo Featherweight  Bernard (CAN)
L VT
 Mangave (IND)
L DNF-I
Did not advance
Pío Chirinos Middleweight  Reitz (RSA)
L VT
 Gocke (GER)
L VT
Did not advance N/A Did not advance
Ingnacio Padrón Light-Heavyweight  Wittenberg (USA)
L VT
 Palm (SWE)
L VT
Did not advance N/A N/A Did not advance

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o THE OFFICIAL REPORT OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR THE GAMES OF THE XV OLIMPIAD HELSINKI 1952. Porvoo, Finland: THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR THE XV OLYMPIAD. 1955. p. 763. 
  2. ^ IAAF Scoring Tables for Combined Events (2001 ed.). IAAF Council. Reprinted edition - April 2004. 

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