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Colombia presents unprecedented performance at Youth Olympics

2010-08-27 06:43:46 GMT2010-08-27 14:43:46 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

BOGOTA, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- Colombia ended its participation at the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore with a historical performance, winning two gold medals and three silvers, something never seen before in the country.

Local media said on Thursday that despite at first sight the balance could seem poor, during Colombia's history in all its participations at Olympic Games has only achieved one gold medal in the Olympic Games of Australia at the women's weightlifting.

Besides the medals winner, the rest of the competitors had good places, which allow thinking in the future they could be at the podium of the Olympic Games.

Colombia won the medals in tennis thanks to Juan Sebastian Gomez and cycling by the team made by Jessica Legarda, David Oquendo, Jonathan Botero and Brayan Ramirez.

Meanwhile, horse rider Mario Gamboa was close to wining a gold medal, however he achieved the silver one at individual equestrian jump.

Jose Gabino Mena won a silver medal at the 63-kilograms category of weightlifting, while Juan Carlos Carillos won another one in boozing.

At the general standing, China was the winner with 29 gold medals, followed by Russia with 18 and South Korea with 11.

Colombia ended in the 22nd place, the second best place achieved by a South American country, as Brazil surpassed it for having one more silver medal.

Meanwhile, Cuba achieved the seventh place of the general board.

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