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Colombians in the Olympics ... Who can win a medal?

These are the Colombian athletes who are most likely to win a medal in the next Olympic Games.

Santiago Rodallegas and Esteban Chaves

These are some athletes who are preparing to represent Colombia in the next edition of the Olympic Games. Photos: IG-santiagorodallegas97, IG-estebanchavesbta

LatinAmerican Post| Juan Manuel Londoño

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The Olympic Games are about to begin and there are already (at the end of this edition) 70 Colombian athletes who will compete in Tokyo .

Obviously, not everyone will be able to win a medal. It is for this reason that we decided to focus on those who are more likely to do so, so that you look closely at their participation. Without further ado, here they are:

Brayan Santiago Rodallegas

Santiago Rodallegas will participate in weightlifting, in the 81kg category . He is the current Pan American champion of this category and in the Pre-Olympic Weightlifting Championship of the Dominican Republic he got the gold medal. Rodallegas broke his personal best in this last event, 167 kg in the snatch, and 196 kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 363 kg.

Brayan Santiago is at his best right now and has what it takes to compete for a medal.

Cycling Dream-Team

The Colombian cycling team is recharged. It is made up of Nairo Quintana, Daniel Felipe Martínez, Rigoberto Urán, Sergio Andrés Higuita and Esteban Chaves .

These are all world-class cyclists who are in the top 100, no, the top 80 in the world. To be precise, the one that is ranked worst at the moment in the specialized portal cyclingranking.com is Urán, 74th in the world.

This is not to mention that Nairo won the Giro d'Italia and the Tour of Spain at the time . As we said, it is an experienced, strong team that can compete for gold.

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The strongest candidate: Mariana Pajón

The double Olympic BMX Gold medalist goes to Tokyo to get her third . Pajón is the favorite to win a medal for Colombia for obvious reasons. Since 2010 she has dominated the sport, winning 2 Pan American golds and 6 world championships . It is simply unstoppable. Fun fact: Mariana Pajón is the Colombian athlete who has had the most gold medals in history and she is the only one who has 2 golds.

Honorable mention: Caterine Ibargüen

Caterine Ibargüen won a gold medal in triple jump at the 2016 Rio Games , so many see her as a potential candidate to repeat this feat. However, it must be remembered that she is already 35 years old. Ibarguen postponed his retirement according to the Olympics, so it can be said that she is already in the last days of her career. In addition to that, she has been struggling with plantar fasciitis for a few years, so her chances of winning it all are slim.

But who knows? Ibarguen could still surprise us.

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