The circuit located in Paseo de la Costa in the Vicente López region of Buenos Aires confirmed over a two-day period the powerful world dominance of a Colombian speed roller skating team that won the two gold medals up for grabs during the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
Bogota’s Gabriela Rueda and Cali’s Jhony Angulo were the stars of Colombia's brilliant performance by winning their respective categories of the combined modality included in these Games after two days of intense competition. These were the first Olympic medals in the history of inline speed skating
Both roller skaters had competed interesting times in the 1000m sprint and 5000m elimination events on Sunday, as they waited to confirm their options in the decisive 500m sprint event held on Monday. A race that crowned both of them as the two kings of speed skating at Buenos Aires 2018.
Gabriela Rueda was the virtual champion before the final race and conquered the gold with authority ahead of France’s Honorine Barrault, while the bronze went to Italy’s Giorgia Valanzano, who snatched third place from Spain’s Nerea Langa by just two points in the overall score.
Results were even tighter in the male category. Colombia’s Angulo won the gold ahead of Italy’s Vincenzo Maiorca by a solitary point. Both finished ahead of the Netherland’s Merjin Scheperkamp, who also won the bronze medal by just one point ahead of Chiawei Chang (Taipei) and Nahuel Schelling (Argentina).
The gold medals won by Rueda and Angulo confirm the perennial state of grace of Colombian speed skating, the historical master of this modality, and it had already dominated when it swept the board in the overall medal table with twenty golds, fifteen silvers and nine bronzes at the previous World Championships of Heerde and Arnhem (Holland). The WRG Barcelona 2019 can already be viewed on the horizon as the possible icing on the cake.