El Salvador at the Olympics

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El Salvador at the Olympic Games

Flag of El Salvador
IOC code  ESA
NOC Comité Olímpico de El Salvador
Website www.somosazulyblanco.com (Spanish)
Olympic history
Summer Games

El Salvador first competed in the Olympic Games at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico. It has participated in every Summer Olympic Games since that time, excluding those held in 1976 and 1980. They have never competed in the Olympic Winter Games. El Salvador has not earned a medal at any Olympic Games.

Athletes from El Salvador have represented their nation in 13 sports. A total of 118 Salvadorian athletes have competed at the Olympic Games. Swimming (28 athletes) and athletics (27 athletes) have fetched the most participation from El Salvador.

The Comité Olímpico de El Salvador was created in 1925 and recognized by the International Olympic Committee in 1938.1

Medal tables

Medals by Summer Games

Games Athletes Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank
Mexico 1968 Mexico City 60 0 0 0 0
Germany 1972 Munich 11 0 0 0 0
Canada 1976 Montreal did not participate
Soviet Union 1980 Moscow
United States 1984 Los Angeles 10 0 0 0 0
South Korea 1988 Seoul 6 0 0 0 0
Spain 1992 Barcelona 4 0 0 0 0
United States 1996 Atlanta 8 0 0 0 0
Australia 2000 Sydney 8 0 0 0 0
Greece 2004 Athens 7 0 0 0 0
China 2008 Beijing 11 0 0 0 0
United Kingdom 2012 London 10 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0

Athletes by sport

Summer Olympics

Sport 1968 1972 1976 1980 1984 1988 1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 Total Athletes[a]
Archery 1 1 2
Athletics 10 4 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 27
Boxing 2 2
Cycling 5 1 1 1 2 1 8
Football 18 18
Judo 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 6
Rowing 1 2 2
Sailing 3 3
Shooting 8 4 1 1 1 1 1 14
Swimming 14 7 2 1 2 1 1 1 2 28
Tennis 1 1
Weightlifting 2 1 1 1 1 1 5
Wrestling 1 1 1 2
Total Athletes[b] 60 11 10 6 4 8 8 7 11 10 118
  • a The Total Athletes column indicates the number of athletes who have competed in each sport and is not intended to be a total of the athletes at each Olympic Games as some have participated in multiple Olympic Games.
  • b The Total Athletes row indicates the number of athletes who have competed at each Olympic Games.

Top finishes by sport

Summer Olympics

Name Games Sport Event Result Ref
Merlos, RicardoRicardo Merlos Greece 2004 Athens Archery pictogram.svg Archery Men's individual 35th
García, KrisciaKriscia García United States 1984 Los Angeles Athletics pictogram.svg Athletics (track & road event) Women's 1500 metres 22nd
Martínez, RosarioRosario Martínez Mexico 1968 Mexico City Athletics pictogram.svg Athletics (field event) Women's shot put 14th
Martínez, HenryHenry Martínez South Korea 1988 Seoul Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing Men's – 48 kg 9th (tie)
Kaila Vergara, MaureenMaureen Kaila Vergara United States 1996 Atlanta Cycling (road) pictogram.svg Cycling Women's points race 5th
1968 Team Mexico 1968 Mexico City Football pictogram.svg Football Men's football 13th (tie)
Vargas, JuanJuan Vargas United States 1984 Los Angeles Judo pictogram.svg Judo Men's 71 kg 9th (tie)
Vargas Palomo, CamilaCamila Vargas Palomo United Kingdom 2012 London Rowing pictogram.svg Rowing Women's single sculls 16th
Aguilar, MarioMario Aguilar &
Manuel Escobar
Mexico 1968 Mexico City Sailing pictogram.svg Sailing Flying Dutchman 30th
Maida, LuisaLuisa Maida China 2008 Beijing Shooting pictogram.svg Shooting Women's 25 metre pistol 8th
Marenco, María JoséMaría José Marenco Spain 1992 Barcelona Swimming pictogram.svg Swimming Women's 800 metre freestyle 20th
Arévalo, RafaelRafael Arévalo China 2008 Beijing Tennis pictogram.svg Tennis Men's singles 17th (tie)
Dimas, EvaEva Dimas Greece 2004 Athens Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting Women's +75 kg 11th
Salamanca Pineda, JulioJulio Salamanca Pineda United Kingdom 2012 London Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting Men's 62 kg 11th
Medrano, ÍngridÍngrid Medrano China 2008 Beijing Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling Women's freestyle 48 kg 9th

Summer Olympic Games

1968 Mexico City

Though the International Olympic Committee recognized El Salvador's National Olympic Committee (Comité Olímpico de El Salvador) in 1938,1 the nation's first Olympic Games participation did not occur until the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico.17 The contingent of 60 athletes marked the largest in El Salvador's Olympic participation. Salvadorian athletes competed in seven sports (athletics, cycling, football, sailing, shooting, swimming, and weightlifting) but won no medals. Both the all-time youngest and oldest Olympic participants from El Salvador competed at these games.18 Swimmer Rubén Guerrero (13 years, 351 days) swam in five events: the Men's 400 meters Freestyle, 1,500 meters Freestyle, 4 × 100 meters Freestyle Relay, 100 meters Butterfly, and 200 meters Individual Medley.19 Roberto Soundy (68 years, 229 days) finished 54th in the Mixed Trap Shooting event.20 Swimmer Salvador Vilanova was selected to carry his nation's flag during the opening ceremony.18

1972 Munich

El Salvador's presence was much reduced when the nation sent only 11 athletes to the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany.21 These athletes competed in swimming and shooting events, marking the lowest number of contested sports in El Salvador's Olympic history. Swimmer Salvador Vilanova was once again selected to carry his nation's flag during the opening ceremony.18

1984 Los Angeles

No athletes were sent to the 1976 Summer Olympics,22 and El Salvador took part in the boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics.

El Salvador returned to Olympic competition by sending ten athletes to participate in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, United States.23 El Salvador competed in athletics, judo, swimming, shooting, and wrestling. Long-distance runner Kriscia García was chosen to carry her nation's flag during the opening ceremony.18

1988 Seoul

Six athletes were sent to compete at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.24 Salvadorian athletes competed in athletics, boxing, judo, and wrestling. Wrestler Gustavo Manzur was chosen to carry his nation's flag during the opening ceremony.18

1992 Barcelona

El Salvador sent its smallest-ever contingent of athletes to the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.25 Four athletes participated in athletics, judo, and swimming. Swimmer María José Marenco was selected to carry her nation's flag during the opening ceremony.18

1996 Atlanta

Eight Salvadorian athletes competed in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.26 They competed in five events: athletics, judo, swimming, cycling, and weightlifting. Cyclist Maureen Kaila Vergara finished fifth, only six points off of the podium, in the first Women's Point Race to be contested at an Olympics.6 Judoka Juan Vargas was selected to carry his nation's flag during the opening ceremony.18

2000 Sydney

El Salvador sent eight athletes to the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.27 They competed in seven sports: athletics, archery, cycling, judo, shooting, swimming, and weightlifting. Weightlifter Eva Dimas was chosen to carry her nation's flag during the opening ceremony.18

2004 Athens

Seven athletes were sent to represent El Salvador at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.28 The athletes participated in seven sports: athletics, archery, cycling, shooting, swimming, and weightlifting. Cyclist Evelyn García was chosen to carry her nation's flag during the opening ceremony.18

2008 Beijing

El Salvador competed in more sports at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, than at any other games in their history.29 Eleven athletes competed in nine sports: athletics, cycling, judo, rowing, shooting, swimming, tennis, weightlifting, and wrestling. Pistol shooter Luisa Maida finished in eighth place in the Women's Sporting Pistol (25 meters), only 15.2 points away from medaling.11 Weightlifter Eva Dimas, who also carried the flag in 2000, was selected to carry her nation's flag during the opening ceremony.18

2012 London

Ten Salvadorian athletes were sent to represent their nation at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom.30 The nation had representation in seven sports: athletics, rowing, swimming, cycling, judo, shooting, and weightlifting. Cyclist Evelyn García, who also carried the flag in 2004, was selected to carry her nation's flag during the opening ceremony.18

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "El Salvador - Comité Olímpico de El Salvador". Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Archery at the 2004 Athina Summer Games: Men's Individual." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Athletics at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games: Women's 1,500 metres." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Athletics at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games: Women's Shot Put." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Boxing at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games: Men's Light-Flyweight." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Cycling at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games: Women's Points Race." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Football at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games: Men's Football." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Judo at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games: Men's Lightweight." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.
  9. ^ "Rowing at the 2012 London Summer Games: Women's Single Sculls." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Sailing at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games: Mixed Two Person Heavyweight Dinghy." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.
  11. ^ a b "Shooting at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games: Women's Sporting Pistol, 25 meters." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.
  12. ^ "Swimming at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games: Women's 800 meters Freestyle." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.
  13. ^ "Tennis at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games: Men's Singles." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.
  14. ^ "Weightlifting at the 2004 Athina Summer Games: Women's Heavyweight." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.
  15. ^ "Weightlifting at the 2012 London Summer Games: Men's Featherweight." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.
  16. ^ "Wrestling at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:Women's Flyweight, Freestyle." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.
  17. ^ "El Salvador at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "El Salvador." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.
  19. ^ "Rubén Guerrero." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.
  20. ^ "Roberto Soundy." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.
  21. ^ "El Salvador at the 1972 München Summer Games." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.
  22. ^ 1976 Summer Olympics Official Report from the Organizing Committee, vol. 1, p. 132.
  23. ^ "El Salvador at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.
  24. ^ "El Salvador at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.
  25. ^ "El Salvador at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.
  26. ^ "El Salvador at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.
  27. ^ "El Salvador at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.
  28. ^ "El Salvador at the 2004 Athina Summer Games." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.
  29. ^ "El Salvador at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.
  30. ^ "El Salvador at the 2012 London Summer Games." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.

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