Puerto Rican Legends of Olympism: Juan Evangelista Venegas and his sacrificial path to win Puerto Rico’s first medal in the Olympic Games

Puerto Rican Legends of Olympism: Juan Evangelista Venegas and his sacrificial path to win Puerto Rico’s first medal in the Olympic Games

76 years ago, Puerto Rico debuted in about Olympic Games when he went to the appointment London 1948 with a delegation of 12 people, divided into nine competitors from the sports of boxing, athletics and shooting, and three administrative ones.

Among that group of people who traveled was the country’s first Olympic medalist, the boxer Juan Evangelista Venegas.

Data from the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture (ICP) indicate that the boxer was born in Rio Piedras in 1928. In its information, the ICP does not specify a date of birth beyond the year, and even other pages indicate 1929. Meanwhile, the Olympic Games portal highlights that he learned to fight as a means of survival when he grew up in a San Juan neighborhood with high violence. . He was one of three fighters who represented the country in England along with Israel Quitcon in the light heavyweight division (80 kilograms) and Clotilde Colon at featherweight (58 kg).

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