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Colombia – Women & Sports!
By the early 1990s, Colombia’s sprinter Ximena Restrepo Gaviria caused a sensation when she earned a bronze medal in the women’s 400m at the Summer Games in the Spaniard city of Barcelona. She is one of the few Hispanic sprinters to win an Olympic medal. Inspired by Juana Mosquera and Eucaris Caicedo, she won many international events in America, South America and Europe during the years from 1985 and 1992.Africa – Sports & Women!
In November 1987, Somalia’s athlete Hawa Abdullahi set a new Somali record of 13.23 seconds in the women’s 100m. Athletics, together with soccer, is one of the most popular sports in the nation, among the world’s ten poorest nations.Sports in Argentina – Birthplace of Emanuel Ginobili
During the years from 1976 to 1983, Argentina’s tennis player Guillermo Vilas was one of Latin America’s most outstanding professional athletes, along with Nelson Piquet (auto racing), Fernando Valenzuela (baseball), and Wilfredo Benítez (boxing). In that time, he won four grand slam events.Americas – Sports & Athletes!
In Bern (Switzerland), Colombia’s shooter Helmut Bellingrodt set a new world record in 1974. Despite beating a record that had stood for many years, Bellingrodt failed to win an Olympic medal at the 1976 Olympic Summer in Montreal, Canada.Sports in Bermuda – The World’s Smallest Olympic Island!
1976 was a special year for Bermuda. Why? That year Bermuda had its first (and only) Olympic medal in history, ahead of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Burma and a host of nations.Sports in Algeria – Birthplace of Hassiba Boulmerka!
The most internationally known athlete is Hassiba Boulmerka. By the early 1990s, she became the first Algerian woman to win an Olympic gold medal. This award was a boost for women in Algeria, an Arab nation in North Africa. Then, she headed the African delegation at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta (Georgia, US). She was born on July 10, 1968, in Constantine, Algeria.Sports in Angola – Interesting Facts & Figures!
The Angolan Olympic Committee, under pressure from Cuba and the Soviet Union, boycotted the 1984 Summer Games in the Los Angeles, California, USA. Four years ago, Angola made its Olympic debut in the Games of the XXII Olympiad in Moscow, USSR (present-day Russia). On the other hand, Angola is one of the youngest members of the Olympic family.South America – Women & Sports!
In the 1990s, Suriname’s champ Letitia Vriesde became the most successful South American runner. By 1990, she had won a gold medal in the women’s 1,500m at the 1990 Central American and Caribbean Games in Mexico City. In addition, she came in second place in the 800m. In the next year, Vriesde earned a silver medal in the women’s 1,500m in the Pan American Games in Havana (Cuba).Latin America – Sports & Women!
Guyana sent one sportswoman to the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles (California,USA). Her name: Innis Jennifer. Without a doubt, she was one of the country’s most prominent athletes, along with James Gilkes (Pan American champ in 1975) and John Douglas (Olympic bronze medalist).Sports in the Virgin Islands – Birthplace of Tim Duncan!
In September 1988, Tricia Duncan, Tim Duncan’s sister, finished 30th in the women’s 200m backstroke, ahead of Wang Chi (Taiwan) and Sharon Pickering (Fiji), at the XXIV Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. Furthermore, she came in 34th place in the 100m backstroke.Argentina – Sports & Women!
The team from Argentina finished second in the 1974 Field Hockey World Cup in Europe, behind Holland. From then onwards, it became one of the most successful squads in the Western Hemisphere. Over the next decades, it won many international tournaments. By the mid-1990s, they, for example, captured the gold medal in the Pan American Games in Mar del Plata. On that occasion, it earned the continental title at the expense of America (silver) and Canada (bronze). In the next century, Argentina -an independent nation for over 190 years-came in first place in the global competition and was runner-up at the 2000 Olympics. Two years later, they earned the universal title in Australia; in that time the South American squad was all but unbeatable in the world. Field hockey is one of the most popular sports in the nation.