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BRAZIL 2002, BRAZIL
VII SOUTH AMERICAN GAMES

Opening date: 01 August 2002

Closing date: 11 August 2002

In 2002, the South American Games were held in Brazil for the first time. Four cities hosted the VII Games: Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Curitiba and Belém. Among the 15 countries that integrate South American Sports Organization (ODESUR), Colombia was the only one that did not send a delegation. Argentina, Aruba, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, The Netherland Antilles, Uruguay and Venezuela were present, breaking the record of number of participants. From the 1st to the 11th of August, 2,069 athletes competed in Brazil in 24 sports: Aquatics (Swimming and Synchronized swimming), Archery, Athletics, Bowling, Boxing, Canoe/Kayak, Cycling, Fencing, Futsal, Gymnastics, Golf, Handball, Judo, Karate, Rowing, Sailing, Shooting, Skating (Artistic and Speed), Taekwondo, Table tennis, Tennis, Triathlon, Weightlifting and Wrestling. During the 11 days of the Games, many records were broken inside and outside of the competition venues. For the first time, one single nation won more than 300 medals. Brazil also broke the record of gold medals, winning a total of 148. The previous mark belonged to Argentina, 114 in the 1982 South American Games, in Rosario. After six Argentine victories in the previous editions of the Games, Brazil finally reached the top of the charts, with its 148 gold medals in a total of 333. Venezuela was a pleasant surprise, finishing second with 97 gold medals and a total 231 medals, surpassing Argentina, who came in third place with 76 gold medals in a total of 245.

Gold medal ranking

 Nations

Gold Silver Bronze Total

 Brazil

148 95 90 333

 Venezuela

97 70 64 231

 Argentina

76 89 80 245

 Chile

24 41 46 111

 Ecuador

23 32 37 92

 Peru

6 28 30 64

 Netherlands  Antilles

3 2 7 12

 Uruguay

2 8 21 31

 Panama

1 5 6 12

 Paraguay

0 1 8 9

 Guyana

0 1 7 8

 Aruba

0 1 2 3

 Bolivia

0 0 9 9

 Total

380 373 407 1160