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Peru's Tejeda wins gold at Valledupar 2022 Bolivarian Games

10:52 | Valledupar (Colombia), Jul. 5.

Peruvian athlete Gladys Tejeda on Tuesday morning claimed a gold medal at the Valledupar 2022 Bolivarian Games, which take place in Colombia, by winning the half marathon (1:15:13.86).

For her part, Peru's Luz Mery Rojas won the silver medal (1:15:22.94).

In the men's half marathon, the silver medal went to Peruvian Ferdinand Cereceda (1:06:49.33).

The first place was occupied by Rafael Loza from Ecuador (1:06:34.82), whereas the third spot went to Ecuadorian Christian Vasconez (1:07:05.60).

Peru has so far won 32 gold, 35 silver, and 67 bronze medals at the current event.

The Peruvian Sports Institute (IPD) supports athletes through programs and the delivery of economic subsidies to national sports federations.

Peru became champion during the first three Bolivarian Games (1938, 1948, and 1951). Then, in the following 13 Games, Venezuela was crowned in first place.

In 2013 and 2017 Colombia claimed the first spot, and it currently leads the medal table.

Historically speaking in this sense, Peru —after the emergence of Venezuela and Colombia— occasionally occupied the third place, as well as the fourth and fifth positions lately.

For the Valledupar 2022 Bolivarian Games, the Peruvian team is made up of 416 athletes set to compete in 40 sports disciplines.

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Published: 7/5/2022
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