Ángel Ricardo Velarte Rosando (born June 8, 1971 in Buenos Aires) is an Argentine sport shooter.[2] He won a gold medal in air rifle shooting at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and was selected to compete for Argentina in two editions of the Olympic Games (1996 and 2004).[1][3] Having started shooting at the age of fifteen, Velarte served most of his sporting career as a full-time member of the La Rioja Shooting Federation (Spanish: Tiro Federal La Rioja) in his native Buenos Aires under head coaches Julio Escalante and Ariel Martínez.[1][4]

Ángel Velarte
Personal information
Full nameÁngel Ricardo Velarte Rosando
Nationality Argentina
Born (1971-06-08) 8 June 1971 (age 48)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb)
Event(s)10 m air rifle (AR60)
50 m rifle prone (FR60PR)
50 m rifle 3 positions (FR3X40)
ClubTiro Federal La Rioja[1]
Coached byJulio Escalante
Ariel Martínez[1]

Velarte's Olympic debut came at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, where he wound up a thirty-eighth spot in the 10 m air rifle, and then edged out his compatriot Ricardo Rusticucci by a three-point advantage to take the forty-fourth position in the 50 m rifle 3 positions, accumulating a tally of 577 and 1,142 points, respectively.[5][6][7]

Despite missing out his 2000 Olympic bid, Velarte reached the peak of his shooting career by claiming the first gold medal for Argentina in the men's air rifle at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic with a total score of 692.5 points. Because of his remarkable victory, Velarte had guaranteed a place on the Argentine team and attained a mandatory minimum score to compete for the Olympics, signifying his return from an eight-year absence.[8][9]

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Velarte qualified for his second Argentine squad in rifle shooting.[8] In the 10 m air rifle, Velarte shot 586 out of 600 to finish in a two-way tie with Serbia and Montenegro's Stevan Pletikosić for thirty-ninth place.[10] Four days later, in the 50 m rifle prone, Velarte scored 584 points to grab the penultimate position in a field of forty-six shooters, betraying a three-point gap from Cuba's Reinier Estpinan in the prelims.[11] In his third and last event, 50 m rifle 3 positions, Velarte fired 394 in the prone position, 368 in the standing, and 380 in the kneeling to accumulate an overall record of 1,137 points, leaving him in thirty-sixth place along with Mexico's Roberto José Elias.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d "ISSF Profile – Ángel Velarte". ISSF. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Ángel Velarte". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  3. ^ "El tirador Velarte le dio el primer oro a la Argentina" [Shooter Velarte gave Argentina its first gold] (in Spanish). La Nueva Provincia. 5 August 2003. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Rosendo Velarte marcó nuevo récord en 50 metros Rifle" [Rosendo Velarte fires new record in the 50 m rifle] (in Spanish). La Nueva Provincia. 16 March 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Atlanta 1996: Shooting – Men's 10m Air Rifle" (PDF). Atlanta 1996. LA84 Foundation. p. 118. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Atlanta 1996: Shooting – Men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions" (PDF). Atlanta 1996. LA84 Foundation. p. 120. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  7. ^ Domínguez, José Luis (16 March 2014). "Angel Velarte, el argentino que más medallas de oro ganó en la historia de los Odesur" [Angel Velarte, the Argentine who won the most gold medals in the history of Odesur] (in Spanish). Argentina: La Nación. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Velarte el primer oro de Argentina" [Velarte wins first gold for Argentina] (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. 4 August 2003. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Cuba continues to grab up gold medals". Taipei Times. 6 August 2003. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Shooting: Men's 10m Air Rifle Prelims". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 15 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  11. ^ "Shooting: Men's 50m Rifle Prone Prelims". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 15 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  12. ^ "Shooting: Men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions Prelims". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 15 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013.

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