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2012-07-27

Olympics: Uruguayan athletes to watch in London

Midfielder Gastón Ramírez looks to lead the Uruguayan men’s soccer team to gold in London. (Marko Djurica/Reuters)

Midfielder Gastón Ramírez looks to lead the Uruguayan men’s soccer team to gold in London. (Marko Djurica/Reuters)

By Antonio Larronda for Infosurhoy.com – 27/07/2012

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – Keep an eye on these Uruguayan athletes at the London Games:

Alejandro Foglia, Montevideo, laser class sailing: Foglia, 28, qualified for the Olympics by placing 26th in the World Sailing Championships in Perth, Australia, last year. He’ll be competing in his third Olympics, as he placed 17th in Beijing and 34th in Athens in 2004.

Gastón Ramírez, Fray Bentos, soccer: Ramírez, a 21-year-old midfielder, plays for Italy’s Bologna and is being scouted by the Italian teams Juventus, Napoli and Inter Milan, as well as England’s Manchester City. But Ramírez is focused on returning home with a gold medal. “I want to see Uruguay win it all in London. That’s it,” he told local reporters.

Déborah Rodríguez, Montevideo, 400-meter hurdles: Rodríguez, a 19-year-old competing in his first Olympics, is the youngest member of Uruguay’s delegation. She’ll be more of a force at the Rio Games in 2016.

Andrés Silva, Tacuarembó, 400-meter hurdles: Silva qualified for his third Olympics by posting a time of 49.16 seconds at the 2011 South American Grand Prix in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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