Zika! Why is the pool green? Simone Biles! If I start practicing my discipline of choice now, can I become an Olympian? Amid much drama, suspense, wonder, memes and questions in this year’s Rio Olympics, have you been paying any attention to the Argentine team? Here’s a quick update on some of the events Argentina has been standing out in since we last updated you.
To date, the country still has one gold medal won by Paula Pareto in the Final for Women’s Extra-lightweight Judo competition and one silver medal won by Juan Martín del Potro on Sunday in men’s single tennis.
Argentina’s world-renowned female hockey team, “Las Leonas,” was defeated in the quarter finals yesterday by the Netherlands 3-2 and for the first time in 20 years will not be standing on the podium.
However, the male Argentine side, known as “Los Leones,” (see a pattern?) has just beaten Germany 5-2 and qualified for the final. Their rival has yet to be defined (either Belgium or the Netherlands) and the match is on Thursday, August 18th at 5:00 PM
The male Argentine team, known as the Golden Generation, was defeated by Spain yesterday 92 to 73 but have still qualified to play in the quarter finals. According to Argentine basketball star and Spurs player Manu Ginobili, “[The team was] lacking a little bit of juice after the tough, tough game against Brazil,” alluding to Saturday’s game that had not one, but two overtimes.
Their next match is tomorrow at 6:45 PM against the US, which is not good news because they are viewed as the favorites for gold.
Argentina’s Juan Martín del Potro won the silver medal in the men’s singles tennis on Sunday after beating Spain’s Rafael Nadal on Saturday and giving the UK’s Andy Murray a run for his money (the match ended 3-1). Murray is ranked as the second best player in the world after Novak Djokovic, who Del Potro also defeated in an earlier match.
The Argentine male volleyball team defeated Egypt yesterday 3-0 and will be playing in the quarter finals against Brazil tomorrow at 10:15 PM. Here’s to hoping there aren’t any more incidents of fan violence as the classic football rivalry between the two countries has permeated the Olympics.
The Argentine female volleyball team, the first to compete in the Olympics, was defeated by Japan on Sunday.
Equestrian Team/Individual Jumping
The Argentine team did not make it through the first round in the equestrian team jumping, one of the three equestrian disciplines aside from dressage and eventing. In the individual rounds, though, Matías Albarracín has made it through to the second round (ongoing).
What else is on today?
Argentina has been doing very well in sailing in general and various categories are being contested today:
- Men’s Laser (Dinghy): race in progress
- Men’s Finn (Dinghy) category: 2:35 PM
- Mixed Nacra 17 (Multihull) category: 3:20 PM
Alberto Ezequiel Melián will be fighting in the quarter finals for boxing (56 kilogram category) against Uzbekistan’s Murodjon Akhmadaliev at 5:30 PM.
That’s about it for now, enjoy the Olympics and the re-runs of artistic gymnastics!