Venezuela, champion again in the Bolivarian Games

Taekwondo Venezuela is showing a strong recovery in its performance and they won the title again during the last Bolivarian Games held in Trujillo, Peru, obtaining five Gold, two Silver, and three Bronze medals. ESPAÑOL



“We have achieved the goal and the title, which is the most valuable in Venezuelan history because the Games are not just Bolivarian anymore as countries such as the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Chile, Guatemala and Paraguay were invited.  It was very hard but this new generation is proving to have the champion breed “said Master Hung Ki Kim, President of the Venezuela Taekwondo governing body.

On the closing day, Carlos Rivas defeated the Dominican Derlyn Reyes in semifinals 13-3, and then he got the Gold defeating Chilean Angelo Ramos, and after going behind 0-2, went up 3-2 and ended 5-3.

“The third time’s the charm. This year I fought with the five-time world champion and two-time Olympic champion Steven Lopez and with Aaron Cook. Those experiences helped me a lot and gave me confidence. I am very happy for the whole team” said Rivas during an interview with Andrés Henríquez of the Venezuelan Taekwondo Federation press.




The Venezuelan team got 6 gold medals, 6 silver medals and 21 bronze with the Senior national team in 2013; their long road included training camps in Spain prior to the Worlds in Puebla, a preparation base in Korea, open championships in Austria, Switzerland, United States, Argentina and Costa Rica, plus the important experience of five athletes in the Sport Accord, all of this for the preparation for the big challenge:  the Bolivarian Games.

The Bolivarian Games also awarded points for the WTF World Ranking.

This year, Venezuela made its debut in Poomsae with Gladys Guacare, Orixala Hernandez, Maryelis Fabiola Uzcátegui, Ali Ziade, Yung Hernández and Alfonso Quero.

“We gained a lot of experience this year, but we still have the commitment to continue training and improving for next year´s challenges” said Orixala.

After their participation and success in the Bolivarian Games, the Venezuela team will keep their training in Puerto La Cruz preparing the National Team checkup scheduled for late January.


2013-12-03_72433x_Virginia-Dellan-e1386088075102Venezuela National Team



Virginia Dellan (-46kg)

Emiliana Machado (-49kg)

Leandrys Quiñónez (-53kg)

Adriana Martínez (-57kg)

Adanys Cordero (-62kg)

Tamara Freites (-67kg)

Carolina Fernández (-73kg)

Francin Jiménez (+73kg)



Cleiver Olaizola (-54kg)

Gustavo Machado (-58kg)

Mario Leal (-63kg)

Edgar Contreras (-68kg)

Javier Medina (-74kg)

Carlos Vásquez (-80kg)

Carlos Rivas (-87kg)

Juan Díaz (+87kg)



Gladys Guacare

Orixala Hernández

Maryelis Fabiola Uzcátegui

Ali Ziade

Yung Hernández

Alfonso Quero



Luis Noguera

Arlindo Gouveia

Seong Kim

Antonio Aranguren


Referee representative

Guillermo Rodríguez



Hung Ki Kim

José Ángel Mendoza

Hong Ki Kim




2013-12-03_72433x_Equipo-campeon_mt Team

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