The 10th South American Games Santiago 2014 was held in Santiago of Chile from 5-18 March gathering near 4000 athletes from 42 disciplines.
Weightlifting competitions were held in the “Cúpula del Parque O’Higgins” between 13 and 16 of March with the participation of 97 lifters (51 men and 46 women) coming from 12 countries (Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Panamá, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia and Aruba), becoming one of the disciplines that managed to overcome the threshold imposed by ODESUR of 5 countries for the realization of each category.
Weightlifters showed outstanding performances, strength and talent during the 4 days event setting 2 New South American Games Records, in a spectacular venue and a joyful atmosphere heated by a generous public, great part of it watching weightlifting for the first time.
Just as Brazil was the leader of the overall medal table, Colombia with 10 gold medals was the winner of weightlifting competitions, followed by Venezuela and Ecuador. Chile said present with the silver medal of the 56 Kg category.
Special mention deserves the visit of the Mayor of Santiago Mrs Carolina Tohá, who shows very enthusiastic with the competition. It was also the opportunity for the Chilean Weightlifting Authorities to talk about development of sport and future projects, such as the possibility of a world championship in Chile.
Source: Federación Chilena de Levantamiento de Pesas www.fechipe.cl