Paraguay at the
2004 Summer Olympics
Flag of Paraguay (1990-2013).svg
IOC codePAR
NOCComité Olímpico Paraguayo
Websitewww.cop.org.py (in Spanish)
in Athens
Competitors23 in 4 sports
Flag bearer Rocio Rivarola[1]
Medals
Ranked 65th
Gold
0
Silver
1
Bronze
0
Total
1
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Paraguay competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, from 13 to 29 August 2004. This was the nation's ninth appearance at the Olympics, except the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow because of its partial support to the United States boycott.

Comité Olímpico Paraguayo sent the nation's largest delegation to the Games since the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona due to the presence of the men's football team. A total of 23 athletes, 21 men and 2 women, competed only in athletics, football, rowing, and swimming. The Paraguayan team featured two notable female athletes: javelin thrower Leryn Franco, who aspired to be one of the most beautiful women to compete at the Olympics because of her professional career as a model and beauty contestant, and single sculls rower Rocio Rivarola, aged seventeen, who later became the nation's first ever female flag bearer in the opening ceremony.[1]

Paraguay left Athens with its first Olympic silver medal from the men's football team, following its defeat against Argentina with a score of 0–1 in the final match of the tournament.[2]

Medalists

Further information: 2004 Summer Olympics medal table and List of 2004 Summer Olympics medal winners

Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Silver Paraguay national football team
Football Men's tournament August 28

Athletics

Main article: Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics

Paraguayan athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event at the 'A' Standard, and 1 at the 'B' Standard).[3][4]

Key
Men
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Diego Ferreira 100 m 10.50 NR 5 Did not advance
Women
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Leryn Franco Javelin throw 50.37 42 Did not advance

Football

Main article: Football at the 2004 Summer Olympics

Men's tournament

Main article: Football at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament

Paraguay national football team faced a stiff test in order to qualify for the Athens Games, getting two goals in the last ten minutes to beat Chile, and edging Brazil to qualify out of South America, along with Argentina.[5] On 4 August, before the Summer Olympics began, Paraguay measured against the Portugal of Cristiano Ronaldo in the city of Algarve, resulting in a 5–0 defeat.[6][7][8][9]

Roster

The following is the Paraguayan squad in the men's football tournament of the 2004 Summer Olympics.[10]

Head coach: Carlos Jara Saguier

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals 2004 club
1 1GK Rodrigo Romero (1982-11-08)8 November 1982 (aged 21) 0 0 Paraguay Nacional Asunción
2 2DF Emilio Martinez (1981-04-10)10 April 1981 (aged 23) 8 0 Paraguay Libertad
3 2DF Julio Manzur (1981-06-22)22 June 1981 (aged 23) 8 0 Paraguay Guaraní
4 2DF Carlos Gamarra* (1971-02-17)17 February 1971 (aged 33) 11 5 Italy Inter Milan
5 2DF José Devaca (1982-09-18)18 September 1982 (aged 21) 8 1 Paraguay Cerro Porteño
6 2DF Celso Esquivel (1981-03-20)20 March 1981 (aged 23) 0 0 Argentina San Lorenzo
7 4FW Pablo Giménez (1981-06-29)29 June 1981 (aged 23) 8 1 Paraguay Guaraní
8 3MF Edgar Barreto (1984-07-15)15 July 1984 (aged 20) 8 0 Netherlands NEC Nijmegen
9 4FW Fredy Barreiro (1982-03-27)27 March 1982 (aged 22) 8 2 Paraguay Libertad
10 3MF Diego Figueredo (1982-04-28)28 April 1982 (aged 22) 8 2 Spain Real Valladolid
11 2DF Aureliano Torres (1982-06-16)16 June 1982 (aged 22) 8 1 Paraguay Guaraní
12 2DF Pedro Benitez (1981-03-23)23 March 1981 (aged 23) 0 0 Paraguay Cerro Porteño
13 3MF Julio Cesar Enciso* (1974-08-05)5 August 1974 (aged 30) 0 0 Paraguay Olimpia Asunción
14 4FW Julio González (1981-08-26)26 August 1981 (aged 22) 8 2 Paraguay Nacional Asunción
15 2DF Ernesto Cristaldo (1984-03-16)16 March 1984 (aged 20) 0 0 Paraguay Cerro Porteño
16 3MF Osvaldo Diaz (1981-12-22)22 December 1981 (aged 22) 8 1 Paraguay Guaraní
17 4FW José Cardozo* (1971-03-14)14 March 1971 (aged 33) 6 2 Mexico Toluca
18 1GK Diego Barreto (1981-07-16)16 July 1981 (aged 23) 8 0 Paraguay Cerro Porteño

* Over-aged player.

Group play
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Paraguay 3 2 0 1 6 5 +1 6 Qualified for the quarterfinals
2  Italy 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4
3  Ghana 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
4  Japan 3 1 0 2 6 7 −1 3
Source:[citation needed]
Paraguay 4 – 3 Japan
Giménez 5'
Cardozo 26', 37'
Torres 62'
Report Ono 22' (pen.), 53' (pen.)
Okubo 81'

Paraguay 1 – 2 Ghana
Gamarra 76' Report Tiero 81'
Appiah 84'

Paraguay 1 – 0 Italy
Bareiro 14' Report
Karaiskaki Stadium, Piraeus
Attendance: 24,160
Referee: Claus Bo Larsen (Denmark)
Quarterfinals
Paraguay 3 – 2 South Korea
Bareiro 19', 71'
Cardozo 61'
Report Lee C.S. 74', 79' (pen.)
Semifinals
Iraq 1 – 3 Paraguay
Farhan 83' Report Cardozo 17', 34'
Bareiro 68'
Gold medal match
Argentina 1 – 0 Paraguay
Tevez 18' Report
Olympic Stadium, Athens
Attendance: 41,116
Referee: Kyros Vassaras (Greece)
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Won silver medal

Rowing

Main article: Rowing at the 2004 Summer Olympics

Paraguayan rowers qualified the following boats:

Men
Athlete Event Heats Repechage Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Daniel Sosa Single sculls 7:52.50 5 R 7:21.03 4 SD/E 7:36.87 4 FE 7:13.49 26
Women
Athlete Event Heats Repechage Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Rocio Rivarola Single sculls 8:03.85 4 R 7:57.77 4 SC/D 8:05.92 5 FD 7:57.36 21

Qualification Legend: FA=Final A (medal); FB=Final B (non-medal); FC=Final C (non-medal); FD=Final D (non-medal); FE=Final E (non-medal); FF=Final F (non-medal); SA/B=Semifinals A/B; SC/D=Semifinals C/D; SE/F=Semifinals E/F; R=Repechage

Swimming

Main article: Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics

Men
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Sergio Cabrera 200 m butterfly 2:06.15 35 Did not advance

See also

References

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