LatAm seeks to improve on London 2012 results at Rio Olympics
Latin America and the Caribbean are seeking to improve on the results they obtained four years ago at the Olympic Games in London, where the region won a total of 58 medals.
Cuba scored a 15th place in London, the best results from the region, with five gold medals, three more than at Beijing 2008.
The island nation will send 120 athletes to the games in Rio de Janeiro in 18 disciplines, cashing in on its traditional advantage at boxing, wrestling, judo, shooting and pole vaulting.
The Latin American country with the most medals in London was Brazil, with 17 in total, three of them gold for gymnastics, judo and women’s volleyball.
As host, Brazil has great challenge of leading the Latin American medal table this year, with an extra eye on the gold in men’s soccer.
In London, Cuba and Brazil were the only countries from Latin America and the Caribbean to win more than one gold medal.
When counting up all the medals, Colombia came the third in the region with eight; Mexico the fourth with seven.
Other countries from the region returned home with one gold medal: Argentina, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.
In London, Latin America and the Caribbean reached its 500th medal in the history of the Games. Brazilian gymnast Arthur Zanetti was the one to achieve this milestone and it was also the first time that someone from the region had won a medal in gymnastics.