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Date: 11/29/2017

The 18th Bolivarian Games concluded on Saturday after 14 exciting days of multi-sport competition in Santa Marta, Colombia. In the handball tournaments, Chile claimed the men’s title, while Paraguay raised the women’s trophy when the competition finished on Friday.


The women’s ranking saw a repeat of the first Bolivarian Games handball competition, held in 2013, when Paraguay took the title, Chile placed second and Venezuela won bronze.


In 2017, Paraguay proceeded through the round-robin tournament undefeated, achieving the maximum number of 10 points from five wins to make their way to the top of the podium. They opened their campaign with a 41:22 victory against Venezuela, followed by a 69:7 win versus Bolivia, a 33:19 victory over Colombia, a 61:13 win against Peru, and a more challenging match against Chile, which ended 29:21 in their favour.


With four wins and the one loss to Paraguay, Chile claimed the silver medal in the women’s competition. Venezuela took the bronze after three wins, and losses to the two top-ranked sides.


In the men’s competition, a new team finished on top of the podium. Venezuela won the trophy in 2013, ahead of Colombia and Guatemala. In 2017, it was Chile who celebrated, with Colombia ranking second once again and Venezuela finishing with bronze.


The competition was close, as Chile finished only one point ahead of the second-ranked team, Colombia. Chile beat Peru 37:14 in their opening match, Bolivia 49:8, and Colombia 34:23 before drawing with Venezuela 29:29 on the final day of competition.


Venezuela recorded two wins, against Peru (45:22) and Bolivia (69:11). Their fate was decided when they lost to Colombia, 31:33, in their second-last match. Though Venezuela drew with the champions Chile, the defeat against Colombia meant they finished on five points compared with six for their western neighbours, who therefore won the silver medal.


The complete final rankings are as follows:


Women’s competition


1. Paraguay

2. Chile

3. Venezuela

4. Colombia

5. Peru

6. Bolivia


Men’s competition


1. Chile

2. Colombia

3. Venezuela

4. Peru

5. Bolivia


More information can be found on the official website of the Bolivarian Games

Photos: Handball Federations of Paraguay and Chile; Juegos Bolivarianos 2017