El Salvador at the
Olympics
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IOC codeESA
NOCEl Salvador Olympic Committee
Websitewww.teamesa.org (in Spanish)
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Summer appearances

El Salvador first competed in the Olympic Games at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico. It has participated in every Games of the Olympiad since that time, excluding those held in 1976 and 1980, when the nation joined the American-led boycott in protest of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.[1][circular reference] They have never competed in the Olympic Winter Games. El Salvador has not earned a medal at any Olympic Games.

Athletes from El Salvador have represented their nation in 13 sports. A total of 118 Salvadoran athletes have competed at the Olympic Games. Swimming (28 athletes) and athletics (27 athletes) have fetched the most participation from El Salvador.

The Comité Olímpico de El Salvador was created in 1925 and recognized by the International Olympic Committee in 1938.

Medal tables

See also: All-time Olympic Games medal table

Medals by Summer Games

Games Athletes Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank
Mexico 1968 Mexico City 60 0 0 0 0
West Germany 1972 Munich 11 0 0 0 0
Canada 1976 Montreal did not participate
Soviet Union 1980 Moscow
United States 1984 Los Angeles 10 0 0 0 0
South Korea 1988 Seoul 6 0 0 0 0
Spain 1992 Barcelona 4 0 0 0 0
United States 1996 Atlanta 8 0 0 0 0
Australia 2000 Sydney 8 0 0 0 0
Greece 2004 Athens 7 0 0 0 0
China 2008 Beijing 11 0 0 0 0
United Kingdom 2012 London 10 0 0 0 0
Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro 8 0 0 0 0 -
Japan 2020 Tokyo 5 0 0 0 0 -
France 2024 Paris future event
United States 2028 Los Angeles
Australia 2032 Brisbane
Total 0 0 0 0

Athletes by sport

Summer Olympics

Sport 1968 1972 1976 1980 1984 1988 1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016 2020 Total Athletes[a]
Archery 1 1 2
Athletics 10 4 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 31
Boxing 2 1 3
Cycling 5 1 1 1 2 1 11
Football 18 18
Judo 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 11
Rowing 1 2 3
Sailing 3 1 5
Shooting 8 4 1 1 1 1 1 1 18
Swimming 14 7 2 1 2 1 1 1 2 2 2 35
Tennis 1 1
Weightlifting 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 8
Wrestling 1 1 1 3
Total Athletes[b] 60 11 10 6 4 8 8 7 11 10 8 5 148

Top finishes by sport

Summer Olympics

Name Games Sport Event Result Ref
Ricardo Merlos Greece 2004 Athens
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Archery
Men's individual 35th
Kriscia García United States 1984 Los Angeles
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Athletics (track & road event)
Women's 1500 metres 22nd
Rosario Martínez Mexico 1968 Mexico City
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Athletics (field event)
Women's shot put 14th
Henry Martínez South Korea 1988 Seoul
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Boxing
Men's – 48 kg 9th (tie)
Maureen Kaila Vergara United States 1996 Atlanta
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Cycling
Women's points race 5th
1968 Team Mexico 1968 Mexico City
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Football
Men's football 13th (tie)
Juan Vargas United States 1984 Los Angeles
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Judo
Men's 71 kg 9th (tie)
Camila Vargas Palomo United Kingdom 2012 London
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Rowing
Women's single sculls 16th
Mario Aguilar &
Manuel Escobar
Mexico 1968 Mexico City
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Sailing
Flying Dutchman 30th
Luisa Maida China 2008 Beijing
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Shooting
Women's 25 metre pistol 8th
María José Marenco Spain 1992 Barcelona
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Swimming
Women's 800 metre freestyle 20th
Rafael Arévalo China 2008 Beijing
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Tennis
Men's singles 17th (tie)
Eva Dimas Greece 2004 Athens
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Weightlifting
Women's +75 kg 11th
Julio Salamanca Pineda United Kingdom 2012 London
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Weightlifting
Men's 62 kg 11th
Íngrid Medrano China 2008 Beijing
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Wrestling
Women's freestyle 48 kg 9th

Summer Olympic Games

1968 Mexico City

Main article: El Salvador at the 1968 Summer Olympics

Though the International Olympic Committee recognized El Salvador's National Olympic Committee (Comité Olímpico de El Salvador) in 1938, the nation's first Olympic Games participation did not occur until the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico.[17] The contingent of 60 athletes marked the largest in El Salvador's Olympic participation. Salvadorian athletes competed in seven sports (athletics, cycling, football, sailing, shooting, swimming, and weightlifting) but won no medals. Both the all-time youngest and oldest Olympic participants from El Salvador competed at these games.[18] Swimmer Rubén Guerrero (13 years, 351 days) swam in five events: the Men's 400 meters Freestyle, 1,500 meters Freestyle, 4 × 100 meters Freestyle Relay, 100 meters Butterfly, and 200 meters Individual Medley.[19] Roberto Soundy (68 years, 229 days) finished 54th in the Mixed Trap Shooting event.[20] Swimmer Salvador Vilanova was selected to carry his nation's flag during the opening ceremony.[18]

1972 Munich

Main article: El Salvador at the 1972 Summer Olympics

El Salvador's presence was much reduced when the nation sent only 11 athletes to the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany.[21] These athletes competed in swimming and shooting events, marking the lowest number of contested sports in El Salvador's Olympic history. Swimmer Salvador Vilanova was once again selected to carry his nation's flag during the opening ceremony.[18]

1984 Los Angeles

Main article: El Salvador at the 1984 Summer Olympics

No athletes were sent to the 1976 Summer Olympics,[22] and El Salvador took part in the boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics.

El Salvador returned to Olympic competition by sending ten athletes to participate in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, United States.[23] El Salvador competed in athletics, judo, swimming, shooting, and wrestling. Long-distance runner Kriscia García was chosen to carry her nation's flag during the opening ceremony.[18]

1988 Seoul

Main article: El Salvador at the 1988 Summer Olympics

Six athletes were sent to compete at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.[24] Salvadorian athletes competed in athletics, boxing, judo, and wrestling. Wrestler Gustavo Manzur was chosen to carry his nation's flag during the opening ceremony.[18]

1992 Barcelona

Main article: El Salvador at the 1992 Summer Olympics

El Salvador sent its smallest-ever contingent of athletes to the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.[25] Four athletes participated in athletics, judo, and swimming. Swimmer María José Marenco was selected to carry her nation's flag during the opening ceremony.[18]

1996 Atlanta

Main article: El Salvador at the 1996 Summer Olympics

Eight Salvadorian athletes competed in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.[26] They competed in five events: athletics, judo, swimming, cycling, and weightlifting. Cyclist Maureen Kaila Vergara finished fifth, only six points off of the podium, in the first Women's Point Race to be contested at an Olympics.[6] Judoka Juan Vargas was selected to carry his nation's flag during the opening ceremony.[18]

2000 Sydney

Main article: El Salvador at the 2000 Summer Olympics

El Salvador sent eight athletes to the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.[27] They competed in seven sports: athletics, archery, cycling, judo, shooting, swimming, and weightlifting. Weightlifter Eva Dimas was chosen to carry her nation's flag during the opening ceremony.[18]

2004 Athens

Main article: El Salvador at the 2004 Summer Olympics

Seven athletes were sent to represent El Salvador at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.[28] The athletes participated in seven sports: athletics, archery, cycling, shooting, swimming, and weightlifting. Cyclist Evelyn García was chosen to carry her nation's flag during the opening ceremony.[18]

2008 Beijing

Main article: El Salvador at the 2008 Summer Olympics

El Salvador competed in more sports at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, than at any other games in their history.[29] Eleven athletes competed in nine sports: athletics, cycling, judo, rowing, shooting, swimming, tennis, weightlifting, and wrestling. Pistol shooter Luisa Maida finished in eighth place in the Women's Sporting Pistol (25 meters), only 15.2 points away from medaling.[11] Weightlifter Eva Dimas, who also carried the flag in 2000, was selected to carry her nation's flag during the opening ceremony.[18]

2012 London

Main article: El Salvador at the 2012 Summer Olympics

Ten Salvadorian athletes were sent to represent their nation at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom.[30] The nation had representation in seven sports: athletics, rowing, swimming, cycling, judo, shooting, and weightlifting. Cyclist Evelyn García, who also carried the flag in 2004, was selected to carry her nation's flag during the opening ceremony.[18]

See also

References

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  20. ^ "Roberto Soundy." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.
  21. ^ "El Salvador at the 1972 München Summer Games." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.
  22. ^ 1976 Summer Olympics Official Report from the Organizing Committee Archived 2016-09-12 at the Wayback Machine, vol. 1, p. 132.
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  24. ^ "El Salvador at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.
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  26. ^ "El Salvador at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.
  27. ^ "El Salvador at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.
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  29. ^ "El Salvador at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.
  30. ^ "El Salvador at the 2012 London Summer Games." Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved on 15 March 2014.