Photo via Los Andes

In terms of the quality (not number) of medals obtained in Rio, Argentina is giving its best Olympic performance since the 1948 London Games, with two gold and a silver so far.

It is worth noting that in the Olympic Games, the importance of medals (first gold, then silver and finally bronze) is taken before the final tally. Having said that, although Argentine athletes won more medals in Helsinki in 1952 (five), Athens in 2004 (six) and Beijing in 2008 (six), they have never earned such important medals.

2,102 gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the athletes competing in these Olympic Games. And three of them are Argentina’s. We could just end the discussion here, but we’ll show you how other countries are doing, to be nice:

Graphic via Rio 2016
Graphic via Rio 2016
Graphic via Rio 2016
Graphic via Rio 2016

Here’s a breakdown of the Argentine athletes who have won Olympic medals and the ones that hopefully will continue to make us all proud during the last days remaining in Rio:

Yachting

“¡Oro, oro!” shouted Santiago Lange Tuesday when he crossed the META, even before knowing his position in the general classification. Immediately, his team companion Cecilia Carranza hugged him, becoming the first pair ever to obtain a gold medal in the history of Argentine yachting. This achievement led Argentina to its best Olympic performance since London 1948.

Judo

Judo athlete Paula Belén Pareto is the first Argentine woman to win a gold medal in the Olympic Games, after defeating South Korean Bokyeong Jeong. Pareto obtained a bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Games, four years later ended fifth in the London Olympics and this year she finally achieved what she wanted the most. She posted a selfie on Twitter with the caption: “And what if you wake up and your dream came true?”

Photo via Medscape
Photo via Medscape

Tenis

Juan Martín del Potro won the silver medal in men’s singles tennis final on Sunday, losing to the world’s second best player, the UK’s Andy Murray. Del Potro has had an amazing run these past few weeks, defeating the world’s number one player, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and ex world’s champion and now number five player, Spain’s Rafael Nadal. Very proud of you, Del Potro!

Photo via TYC Sports
Photo via TYC Sports

Men’s Hockey

We’re finalists! It will be the first time that the Argentine Men’s Hockey team “Los Leones” wins an Olympic medal. After beating 5-2 the two-time champions, Germany, they already have a silver medal, but will be competing against Belgium today to win the gold.

Photo via La Nación
Photo via La Nación

Equestrian Individual Jumping

Argentine Matías Albarracín classified yesterday for the equestrian individual jumping finale, after obtaining 13th position. Everybody is talking about him, he even became Trending Topic on Twitter. The final will be happening next Friday. Go, Matías!

Photo via DXTV
Photo via DXTV

In case you were wondering, the story behind the medals goes all the way back to the Ancient Greeks, when only the winner of an event would receive a crown of laurels as his prize. Legend has it that the leaves were taken from a sacred grove, near the temple of Zeus, in Olympia. You can read more about this here.