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Sports in El Salvador – A Soccer-Loving Nation!

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Road to London 2012!

Atlanta 1996

Did you know- An eight-member team from El Salvador participated in the Summer Olympics in the in the US city of Atlanta in 1996. Unfortunately, El Salvador’s rower Adam Oliver -who won a silver medal at the 1995 Pan American Games in Mar del Plata (Argentina)-did not compete in the Atlanta Summer Games. It was 28 years ago that ES made its debut for the Olympic Games.

El Salvador 1977

Did you know- Between November 25 and December 4, 1977, San Salvador, the capital city of El Salvador, hosted the Central American Games (should not be confused with the Central American and Caribbean Games). Six countries participated in the Games: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and the host country. El Salvador is the smallest nation ever to hold the Central American Games, with a size of 8,100 square miles.


Did you know- Football (or soccer) is the national passion in the nation, which has competed in three world-class events from 1968 to 1982 ( 1 Olympic championship and 2 World Cup tournaments).

International Olympic Committee

Did you know- The Republic of El Salvador is one of the smallest members of the Olympic family.

Mauricio Realejano

Did you know- By the mid-1970s, boxer Mauricio Realejano won the bronze medal in the 81-kilogram category in the Caribbean Boxing Tournament in Guatemala City.

San Salvador 1935

Did you know- By the mid-1930s, the Central American and Caribbean Games were held in ES. Over 740 athletes from nine countries —CR, Cuba, ES, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and PR-participated. Athletes competed in aquatics, athletics, baseball, basketball, boxing, equestrian, fencing, golf, shooting, soccer, tennis, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling. New sports for women were added at the 1935 Caribbean Games, including volleyball and swimming. Among the stars of the Games was Guillermo Párraga, a Salvadoran shooter, who won two gold medals. Sixty-seven years later, the Central American nation once again hosted the Caribbean Games, where the local team finished in seventh in the medal count, with 123 medals (18 gold, 39 silver, 66 bronze). Despite Cuba’s refusal to participate, the 2002 Central American and Caribbean Games were a success.

Santiago Mellado

Did you know- Santiago Mellado came in 32nd in the men’s decathlon – with 7, 517 points– at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, among 37 athletes. In El Salvador, Mr Mellado was a role model for young athletes.

Track & Field

Did you know- By 1999, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Nancy Guillen López (El Salvador) came in seventh place in the women’s hammer throw in the Pan American Games, ahead of Violeta Guzman (Mexico) and Karina Moya (Argentina).


Did you know- By 1974, in the Pan American Weightlifting Tournament in Mexico City, the Salvadoran team won three medals ( two silver and one bronze) and took fifth place in unofficial team championships.

Source by Alejandro Guevara Onofre

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