2021 concludes with several athletes proudly representing all of Latin America. Here we present you the 10 best athletes of the year .
In LatinAmerican Post we summarize 2021 with the 10 best Latin American athletes. Photos: IG-yulimarrojas45, IG-crispinswimmer
LatinAmerican Post | Theoscar Mogollón González
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The Olympic Games and the America's Cup are just two of the events that were the center of attention this year. Both there and in other scenarios we experienced the outstanding participation of several athletes, who with dedication and perseverance became the pride of their countries for their respective performances. In LatinAmerican Post we summarize 2021 with the 10 best Latin American athletes.
The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games were one of the most unforgettable tournaments for Colombia in the year, as the performance of their delegates earned them 24 medals to register their best record so far. Here Nelson Crispín stands out, a swimmer who was able to hang up to four medals in the Asian nation and thus add seven in his entire career. The one born in Bucaramanga won a gold (200m styles), two silver (100m freestyle and 100m fathoms) and a bronze (50m butterfly).
Undoubtedly, Venezuela experienced its best sporting moment of 2021 thanks to the Queen of Triple Jump. After several years in constant evolution, Yulimar established himself in Tokyo 2020 by registering a jump of 15.67 meters, thus breaking a record that had been held since 1995 to hang the gold medal. Likewise, this great moment should include the award of the Ibero-American Community of the Kings of Spain Trophy for their outstanding performances.
This year, the soccer star raised an important title with the Argentine National Team: the Copa América. To this great feat we must also add his last trophy with FC Barcelona (Copa del Rey) before signing for PSG. In turn, the "10" once again had a season with outstanding individual recognitions such as the Copa América Ballon d'Or, the Copa América top scorer trophy and the Ballon d'Or for the seventh time in his career.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics had several Latin athletes making history and one of those was the Brazilian gymnast. Rebeca shone in her presentations to give her country two medals: the first in horse jumping after a phenomenal routine that gave her the gold; while the second was a silver in the complete women's individual competition, thus becoming the first woman from Brazil to win a medal in the said test.
Talking about Mariana is talking about the pride of a country. The Colombian rider had two Olympic Games in a row winning a gold medal in BMX Cycling and for Tokyo 2020 she again had a presentation worthy of her talent to hang a silver medal. The record of the one born in Medellín is full of successes and, without a doubt, the year 2021 will be remembered for having once again raised the name of Colombia.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr
Major League Baseball is characterized by being a tournament where many Latinos excel. In the last season of the best baseball in the world, the Dominican showed all his power and left great numbers that awarded him the Hank Aaron award: he finished even in the home run lead (48) and was first in percentage to on-base in the American League ( .401) and slugging (.601). It is worth mentioning that no other player scored more runs (123) and reached more bases (363) than him.
Cuban sport has a name par excellence and that is Mijaín. As expected, the Caribbean nation stood out in the past Olympics and witnessed once again the greatness of the Greco-Roman fighter, who won the gold medal for the fourth consecutive time. Beyond becoming the Cuban athlete with the most gold medals in the country's history, 2021 marked Mijaín's retirement from the Olympic events.
Very few professional footballers are active in their 40s, much less in the female arena. However, Brazil has a historical one like Formiga who chose 2021 to hang up her boots at 43 years old. The record of the midfielder has, among others, two silver medals in the Olympic Games, a second and third place in the World Cup, as well as six Copa América. A legend leaves after 234 international matches and more than 20,000 minutes with the Brazilian jersey.
Another great Olympic athlete who represented the Latino community in a great way in Tokyo 2020. Ecuador was one of the most pleasant surprises, winning two gold medals and, precisely, Neisi took over one of those. The 23-year-old excels in weightlifting and triumphed in the 76kg category to enter her country's history as the first female medalist. Without a doubt, another great representative of Latin American female power.
Many Colombian footballers had a great 2021, but if one has to be highlighted, it has to be the Tiger. After his adventure through the Turkish lands, Falcao returned to the Spanish league with Rayo Vallecano and that resulted in a revolution in the Spanish capital due to his signing. Added to that, he started the season recovering his scoring level to contribute to the good start of the team.