Venezuela today added four qualifiers to the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, next August, and became the country that obtained the most places in the Pre-Olympic held in the coastal state of Vargas, followed by Mexico and Ecuador with three.
With the triumph of Víctor Rodríguez for the third place of the bantamweight (56 kilograms) against the Turkish Ibrahim Gokcek, Venezuela reached eight fighters who will travel to Rio, and surpassed its highest number of representatives in an Olympic joust after the seven it had in Beijing 2008.
Venezuelan boxer Edgar Muñoz also got his Olympic ticket today with a 3-0 victory over Ukrainian Rostylav Arkhypenko to be crowned champion in the super heavyweight (+91 kg) and joined Yoel Finol (52kg) and Endry Saavedra (75kg) , who registered his name this Thursday.
The other Venezuelan boxers who were already classified are Gabriel Maestre (69kg), Luis Cabrera (60kg), Luis Arcón (64kg) and Albert Ramírez (81kg).
Finol, meanwhile, was also champion in flyweight (52kg) by defeating German Hanza Touba today by unanimous decision.
Mexico obtained three quotas through Lindolfo Delgado (60kg), Juan Pablo Romero (69kg) and Joselito Velázquez (-49kg), as well as Ecuador that qualified Julio Castillo (91kg), Carlos Quipo (-49kg) and Marlo Delgado ( 75kg).
Colombia added two thanks to Ceiber Ávila (52kg) and Juan Carlos Carrillo (81kg), while Leandro Blanc (49kg) entered for Argentina, and Héctor García Mora (56kg) entered the Dominican Republic.
Spain, for its part, qualified the Mallorcan Youba Sissokho Ndiaye at the Welterweight (-69kg) after his 3-0 victory today against the Indian Goyat Neeraj in the fight for third place.
Two Germans Hamza Touba (52kg) and Arajik Marutjan (69kg) also got the ticket; the Ukrainians Volodymyr Matviichuk (56kg) and Denys Solonenko (81kg); the Italian Carmine Tommasone (60kg); the Armenian Hovhannes Bachkov (64kg) and the Turkish Onder Sipal (75kg).
In addition to the Thai Amnat Reunreng (60kg), the Cameroonian Ndam Hassan (81kg), the Kenyan Benson Njangiru (56kg) and the Qatari Thulasi Tharumalingam (64kg).
Venezuela reaches 81 athletes classified for Rio 2016, including seven track and field athletes who have minimal marks but await confirmation from the International Athletics Federation (IAAF), which will publish the final lists on July 12. EFE