Olympics: Chilean athletes to watch in London

By Dialogo
July 23, 2012

SANTIAGO, Chile – Keep an eye on these Chilean athletes at the London Games:

Francisca Crovetto, Santiago, skeet: At 22, she is ranked fifth in the World Championship Skeet and the first Chilean woman to qualify for the Olympic Games this year. She won the silver medal in the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. This will be her first Olympics.

Kristel Köbrich, Santiago, swimming: Köbrich, 26, became the first Chilean to win the 800-meter race at the Pan American Games, which she did in 2011 in Guadalajara. She also won the bronze medal in the 400-meter freestyle, which is not her specialty. She did not medal at the past two Olympics.

Denisse van Lamoen, Arica, archery: At 32, van Lamoen is the oldest member of Chile’s 29-athlete delegation and will carry her country’s flag at the Opening Ceremony on July 27. She won the World Archery Championship in July, 2011 in Turin, Italy, and is ranked eighth by the International Archery Federation. In 2000, she participated in the Sydney Games, finishing 52nd.

Bárbara Riveros, Santiago, triathlon: Riveros, 24, won the gold medal at the Lausanne World Sprint Championship last year and took silver at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara and at the World Championship Series in Sydney. “She will be among the first five and could get to compete for a medal in London,” journalist Eugenio Figueroa said.