On the penultimate day of competition at the 2022 Valledupar Bolivarian Games, Venezuelan swimming added another four gold medals.
María Yegres, Alfonso Mestre, Jorge Otaiza and the men's 4 × 100 meter freestyle relay team shone at the Popular University of César Aquatic Complex.
Yegres to the top for the second time
The Venezuelan siren María Yegres became champion in the test of the 1500 meter freestyle to add his second golden conquest of the fair.
The Creole finished spectacularly with a time of 16 minutes and 58.69 seconds. Far behind were the Colombian Karen Restrepo (17:24.78) and the Peruvian Sophia Ribeiro (17:29.03), who were silver and bronze, respectively.
Yegres, who had already won gold in the 800-meter freestyle event, even improved his personal best, which at the start of the event was 16:59.45.
The young revelation of Venezuelan swimming, who has five medals, has yet to participate in the 400-meter freestyle, 200-meter butterfly and 100-meter freestyle events.
In the men's section, Alfonso Mestre once again stood out, this time in the test of the 1500 meter freestyle.
Alfonso dominated with a final time of 15 minutes and 22.33 seconds, which according to the Valledupar 2022 official website is a new record in the Bolivarian Games.
Rafael Dávila (15:31.74) once again escorted Mestres to add a silver medal to the Venezuelan medal table. And Colombian Juan Morales (15:38.73) completed the podium.
For the youngest of the Mestre brothers, winning this Monday is his fifth gold medal of the fair. He had already prevailed in the 800-meter freestyle, 200-meter freestyle, and the 4 × 200-meter freestyle and 4 × 100-meter freestyle relay.
In the test of 100 meter butterfly style the champion was also Venezuelan Jorge Otaiza.
The 19-year-old Venezuelan completed the course in 53.13 seconds to also set a new record in the Bolivarian Games.
That podium was completed by Colombian Esnaider Reales (53.82) and Paraguayan Benjamin Hockin (54.18).
Gold and bronze in the 4 × 100 m free
In the 4 × 100 meter freestyle relay event, the men's team added a new gold medal, while the women won bronze.
The brothers Alberto and Alfonso Mestre, together with Brayan Chávez and Emil Pérez, finished their test with a spectacular time of 03 minutes and 21.72 seconds.
Far behind were Colombia (03:24.63) and Chile (03:25.45), which were silver and bronze, respectively.
In turn, the female team from Venezuela, which brings together Lismar Lyon, Mercedes Toledo, Nicole Gutiérrez and María Yegres, was third with a final time of 03:57.57.
Ahead of the Creoles were Colombia (03:51.05) and Peru (03:53.02).
In total this Monday, Venezuelan swimming won six medals and raised the number of medals obtained in the fair to 19: 10 gold, six silver and three bronze.