Ecuador Wins Second Place in Military Pentathlon
By Dialogo September 20, 2013
After nine days of competition, the Armed Forces’ military pentathlon male and female teams, returned to Lima, Peru, after winning second place in the South American pentathlon competition, which was conducted at the Military School in Chorrillo from September 7 to 15.
The head coach, Captain Juan Carlos Arias, stated that the team consisted of five male and four female athletes, who participated in five competitions: rifle range (200 m), obstacle course, swimming, grenade launching, and cross country (8 km race), finishing in second place in the overall team classification, after Brazil.
The military pentathlon team undergoes comprehensive training in double shifts from Monday to Saturday at the Eloy Alfaro Military School (Esmil). Currently, they are still training to participate in the Military Pentathlon World Championship, to be held from November 9 to 18 this year in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).
Last year the team finished in third place at the Pentathlon World Championship in Finland, and it is considered the most accomplished team in recent years.
Major Byron Vaca, High Performance chief of the Ecuadorean Military Sports Federation (FEDEME), stated that the preparation for the Brazilian World Championship will be the most demanding so that athletes can improve and surpass their records, therefore, efforts will be focused on physical, technical and tactical aspects.
Regarding military sports, Major Vaca said that Ecuador is one of the best teams worldwide, thanks to support from the Armed Forces’ Joint Command. The Ministry of Sports has granted economic financial assistance ($300,000 per year) since 2012, because military sports tournaments were included in the new Sports, Physical Education and Recreation Act.
So far, FEDEME is preparing 64 athletes, namely officers, volunteers, crewmembers, and air technicians from Land, Naval and Air Forces, respectively.