Paraguay at the 2004 Summer Olympics

Paraguay competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, from 13 to 29 August 2004. This was the nation's ninth appearance at the Olympics, except the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow because of its partial support to the United States boycott.

Paraguay at the
2004 Summer Olympics
Flag of Paraguay (1990-2013).svg
IOC codePAR
NOCComité Olímpico Paraguayo
Websitewww.cop.org.py (in Spanish)
in Athens
Competitors23 in 4 sports
Flag bearer Rocio Rivarola[1]
Medals
Ranked 65th
Gold
0
Silver
1
Bronze
0
Total
1
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Comité Olímpico Paraguayo sent the nation's largest delegation to the Games since the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona due to the presence of the men's football team. A total of 23 athletes, 21 men and 2 women, competed only in athletics, football, rowing, and swimming. The Paraguayan team featured two notable female athletes: javelin thrower Leryn Franco, who aspired to be one of the most beautiful women to compete at the Olympics because of her professional career as a model and beauty contestant, and single sculls rower Rocio Rivarola, aged seventeen, who later became the nation's first ever female flag bearer in the opening ceremony.[1]

Paraguay left Athens with its first Olympic silver medal from the men's football team, following its defeat against Argentina with a score of 0–1 in the final match of the tournament.[2]

MedalistsEdit

Medal Name Sport Event Date
  Silver Paraguay national football team
Football Men's tournament August 28

AthleticsEdit

Paraguayan athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event at the 'A' Standard, and 1 at the 'B' Standard).[3][4]

Key
  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Men
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Diego Ferreira 100 m 10.50 NR 5 Did not advance
Women
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Leryn Franco Javelin throw 50.37 42 Did not advance

FootballEdit

Men's tournamentEdit

Paraguay national football team faced a stiff test in order to qualify for the Athens Games, getting two goals in the last ten minutes to beat Chile, and edging Brazil to qualify out of South America, along with Argentina.[5] On 4 August, before the Summer Olympics began, Paraguay measured against the Portugal of Cristiano Ronaldo in the city of Algarve, resulting in a 5–0 defeat.[6][7][8][9]

Roster

The following is the Paraguayan squad in the men's football tournament of the 2004 Summer Olympics.[10]

Head coach: Carlos Jara Saguier

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals 2004 club
1 1GK Rodrigo Romero (1982-11-08)8 November 1982 (aged 21) 0 0   Nacional Asunción
2 2DF Emilio Martinez (1981-04-10)10 April 1981 (aged 23) 8 0   Libertad
3 2DF Julio Manzur (1981-06-22)22 June 1981 (aged 23) 8 0   Guaraní
4 2DF Carlos Gamarra* (1971-02-17)17 February 1971 (aged 33) 11 5   Inter Milan
5 2DF José Devaca (1982-09-18)18 September 1982 (aged 21) 8 1   Cerro Porteño
6 2DF Celso Esquivel (1981-03-20)20 March 1981 (aged 23) 0 0   San Lorenzo
7 4FW Pablo Giménez (1981-06-29)29 June 1981 (aged 23) 8 1   Guaraní
8 3MF Edgar Barreto (1984-07-15)15 July 1984 (aged 20) 8 0   NEC Nijmegen
9 4FW Fredy Barreiro (1982-03-27)27 March 1982 (aged 22) 8 2   Libertad
10 3MF Diego Figueredo (1982-04-28)28 April 1982 (aged 22) 8 2   Real Valladolid
11 2DF Aureliano Torres (1982-06-16)16 June 1982 (aged 22) 8 1   Guaraní
12 2DF Pedro Benitez (1981-03-23)23 March 1981 (aged 23) 0 0   Cerro Porteño
13 3MF Julio Cesar Enciso* (1974-08-05)5 August 1974 (aged 30) 0 0   Olimpia Asunción
14 4FW Julio González (1981-08-26)26 August 1981 (aged 22) 8 2   Nacional Asunción
15 2DF Ernesto Cristaldo (1984-03-16)16 March 1984 (aged 20) 0 0   Cerro Porteño
16 3MF Osvaldo Diaz (1981-12-22)22 December 1981 (aged 22) 8 1   Guaraní
17 4FW José Cardozo* (1971-03-14)14 March 1971 (aged 33) 6 2   Toluca
18 1GK Diego Barreto (1981-07-16)16 July 1981 (aged 23) 8 0   Cerro Porteño

* Over-aged player.

Group play
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Paraguay 3 2 0 1 6 5 +1 6 Qualified for the quarterfinals
2   Italy 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4
3   Ghana 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
4   Japan 3 1 0 2 6 7 −1 3
Paraguay  4 – 3  Japan
Giménez   5'
Cardozo   26', 37'
Torres   62'
Report Ono   22' (pen.), 53' (pen.)
Okubo   81'

Paraguay  1 – 2  Ghana
Gamarra   76' Report Tiero   81'
Appiah   84'

Paraguay  1 – 0  Italy
Bareiro   14' Report
Attendance: 24,160
Quarterfinals
Paraguay  3 – 2  South Korea
Bareiro   19', 71'
Cardozo   61'
Report Lee C.S.   74', 79' (pen.)
Semifinals
Iraq  1 – 3  Paraguay
Farhan   83' Report Cardozo   17', 34'
Bareiro   68'
Gold medal match
Argentina  1 – 0  Paraguay
Tevez   18' Report
Attendance: 41,116
  Won silver medal

RowingEdit

Paraguayan rowers qualified the following boats:

Men
Athlete Event Heats Repechage Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Daniel Sosa Single sculls 7:52.50 5 R 7:21.03 4 SD/E 7:36.87 4 FE 7:13.49 26
Women
Athlete Event Heats Repechage Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Rocio Rivarola Single sculls 8:03.85 4 R 7:57.77 4 SC/D 8:05.92 5 FD 7:57.36 21

Qualification Legend: FA=Final A (medal); FB=Final B (non-medal); FC=Final C (non-medal); FD=Final D (non-medal); FE=Final E (non-medal); FF=Final F (non-medal); SA/B=Semifinals A/B; SC/D=Semifinals C/D; SE/F=Semifinals E/F; R=Repechage

SwimmingEdit

Men
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Sergio Cabrera 200 m butterfly 2:06.15 35 Did not advance

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Rocío Rivarola, abanderada paraguaya en Atenas 2004, vuelve !" [Rocío Rivarola, Paraguayan flag bearer in Athens 2004, returns!] (in Spanish). La Nación (Paraguay). 16 October 2012. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Historic doubles in Athens". BBC Sport. 28 August 2008. Retrieved 4 May 2014.
  3. ^ "iaaf.org – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved June 4, 2011.
  4. ^ "IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – Athens 2004 Entry Standards". IAAF. Retrieved 4 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Games of the XXVIII Olympiad Football Qualifying Tournament". Rec Sport Soccer Statistics Foundation. 13 March 2005. Retrieved 7 July 2008.
  6. ^ "Portugal Sub 23 vs Paraguay Sub 23 - Amistosos Selecciones Sub 23 2004: Toda la info, alineaciones y eventos".
  7. ^ "Paraguay fue goleado en Portugal - Deportes - ABC Color".
  8. ^ "Portugal 5-0 Paraguay :: Partidos Amistosos 2004 :: Ficha del Partido :: Ceroacero.es".
  9. ^ "A 15 años de la gran gesta en los Juegos de Atenas 2004".
  10. ^ "Olympic Men's Football Tournaments Athens 2004 – Squad List: Paraguay (PAR)". FIFA. Retrieved 2 October 2015.

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