Olympics Have Been Rough On Tico Athletes

August 15, 2008

Costa Rican swimmer Mario Montoya set bests for himself, his country and Central America in Heat 2 of the Olympics Men’s 200m Freestyle in Beijing with a time of 1:52.19 on Sunday.

Unfortunately, he finished third in his heat and did not make the semifinals.

The gold medal in the event was ultimately won by U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps. Costa Rican cyclist Henry Raabe competed but failed to finish in the men’s 245-kilometer road race at the Beijing games on Saturday. He was eliminated, after being one of seven bikers lapped in the final phase of the event out of a field of 143. Spain won the gold medal. Italy and Switzerland took the silver and bronze, respectively.

Upcoming events involving Ticos include Marianela Quesada’s women’s 50-meter freestyle swimming competition at 4:30 a.m. today, Allan Segura’s racewalk at 7 p.m. today and Gabriela Traña’s marathon tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. Nery Brenes will compete in the 400-meter sprint at 7 p.m. on Sunday. Federico Ramirez races on his mountain bike at a a.m. and Kristopher Moitland’s taekwondo competition at 7 p.m. on Aug. 23.

Brenes and Moitland are considered Costa Rica’s best chance for winning medals. Repretel’s Channel 11 offers coverage from midnight until noon, including live coverage of many popular evening events from midnight to 4 a.m. from Beijing. They also air an hour-long rundown of the previous day’s goings-on at 11 p.m.

The Teletica network is also airing the games from 10 p.m. to midnight on Channel 33 and a daily rundown at 9 a.m. and 11:30 p.m.

 

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