Venezuelan rider Emanuel Andrade finished his way at Bolivarian Games Santa Marta 2017, as the only rider who managed to add four medals. (Photo © Luis Barbosa)
Emanuel Andrade from Venezuela completed his second experience at Bolivarian Games, hanging four medals in three qualifications.
After getting a team gold medal in the last Bolivarian Games Lima 2013, in his second chance Emanuel Andrade ensured the leading role in each of the qualifications in which he participated, including overall silver medal.
For the first qualifier Emanuel Andrade of Venezuela ended with 0.01 fouls behind the Ecuadorian rider Diego Viviero, representing his first game’s medal to finish second and climb the podium with silver medal, completing the podium Ruben Arroyave of Colombia with bronze.
The second qualifier was the team competition, where Venezuela led by Emanuel Andrade’s double clear round to finished in third place, adding his second medal with bronze, also repeating Ruben Arroyave with gold for Colombia and Diego Vivero with silver for Ecuador.
Turning to third qualifier which would decide the two remaining medals, one for the Grand Prix and the other the Overall, served to appreciate how Emanuel Andrade got his third bronze medal of the Games, while Colombians Eduardo Nieto and Juan Pablo Bentacourt took the gold and silver medals of the Grand Prix.
With everything defined and not managing to maintain his clear round, Emanuel Andrade climbed again to the podium, taking this time the silver medal, his fourth of the Games behind Juan Pablo Betancourt and ahead of Ruben Arroyave both from Colombia, collecting the home riders three medals each during the Games.
In what has been the beginning of the second Olympic cycle for young Venezuelan rider Emanuel Andrade, he exceeds his expectations by winning two silver medals and two bronze medals with respect to the single gold medal in the last edition, now fixing his goal in Central American and Caribbean Games, where he finished in Xalapa last Games with two medals in the team competition and overall.