The young promises María Yegres and Alfonso and Alberto Mestre shone this Saturday at the Bolivarian Games of Valledupar 2022, adding the first three gold medals for Venezuelan swimming.
The mermaid María Yegres, registered for a total of six tests, added her first medal by winning the test of the 800 meters free.
The Creole finished with a time of 8 minutes and 50.60 seconds and widely surpassed the Colombian Karen Durango (08:58.31) and the Peruvian Sophia Ribeiro (09:06.20), silver and bronze, respectively.
At 17 years old, María Yegres presents herself as the greatest revelation of Venezuelan swimming, collecting multiple triumphs in the Junior Pan American Games in Calí 2022, the South American Games in Rosario 2022 and now the Bolivarians.
The young swimmer still hopes to see action in the tests:
- 200 m freestyle (July 03)
- 1500 m freestyle (July 04)
- 200m butterfly (July 05)
- 400 m freestyle (July 05)
In the men's branch, the 800-meter freestyle was also dominated by a Venezuelan: Alfonso, the youngest of the Mestre brothers.
Alfonso, who will turn 21 in September, prevailed with authority by registering a final time of 7 minutes and 57.74 seconds.
His compatriot Rafael Dávila escorted him (8.04.24:8 min) to win the silver medal and Colombian Juan Morales (08.61:XNUMX min) completed the podium.
Later, in the test of the 100 meter freestyle, Alberto Mestre became champion and his brother Alfonso took the bronze.
Alberto crossed the pool in 49.32 seconds to claim the gold. Paraguayan Benjamin Hockin (50.24) was second and Alfonso (50.93) completed the podium.
Alberto, 23, hopes to see action also in the 50 meter freestyle, while Alfonso will say present in:
- 200m backstroke
- 1500m free
- 400m free
- 200m free
Venezuela also won gold in the men's 4x200m freestyle relay.
The national team made up of Emil Pérez, Brayan Chávez, Ráfael Dávila and Alfonso Mestre finished with a time of 07 minutes and 23.76 seconds.
Colombia (07:29.97) was left with the silver and Chile (07:37.10) with the bronze.
This Saturday, in the first of four days of competitions, Creole swimming added four golds, one silver and one bronze.