The Spanish team got the 20th Latin Countries Cup, held in Uruguay. Individually, the focus is on the young Spanish Eduardo Gil Marcos, Marina Garcia Castro and Sofia Berenguer Sanchíz who won everything there was to win.
For the second time in its history, the Latin Countries Cup crossed the Atlantic to settle, for the space of a weekend, in South America. Organized by the Uruguayan Orienteering Federation and the International Orienteering Federation, the event was held in Punta del Este and Piriapolis along with the 8th Mercosur Foot-O Cup and integrated into the II International Maldonado O' Meeting. With the stages of Long Distance, Middle Distance and Sprint - these two scoring for the IOF's World Ranking -, the event had in the dispute of the Latin titles in Cadets, Juniors and Elite, men and women, its highest moments. Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Spain and Uruguay were the countries present at this 20th Latin Countries Cup, for three races full of intensity and emotion.
From the set of results, highlights the “full” of victories achieved by the Spanish Eduardo Gil Marcos (Men Junior), Marina Garcia Castro (Women Junior) and Sofia Berenguer Sanchíz (Women Cadets), contributing significantly to the total of 14 individual titles in 18 possible. Note that the remaining four titles fit the Brazilian athletes, with particular emphasis on Leandro Pasturiza that broke twice Antonio Martínez Pérez's favouritism, winning the Middle Distance and Long Distance in Men Elite class. The remaining Brazilian titles were achieved both in Middle Distance through Franciely De Siqueira (Women Elite) and Ariel Quim de Almeida (Men Cadets), over the Spanish Ona Ráfols Perramon and Diego Alonso de Juan, respectively.
Thus Spain regains the possession of the trophy three years later, becoming the most winning selection ever in the history of the event with a total of six wins against five from France, three from Italy and Romania and one from Belgium, Brazil and Portugal. Chile and Uruguay fought bravely for third place. In the individual struggle between the athletes of two countries, Chile has proved to be superior, with a second place by Magdalena Wagner Salas (Women Junior) and ten third places, but the absence of representative in Women Elite class eventually was fatal to their aspirations. The Latin Countries Cup will head to Belgium next year to the organization of its 21st edition, returning to South America in 2016, with a meeting scheduled for Chile.
XX Latin Countries Cup
1. Spain - 118 points
2. Brazil - 97 points
3. Uruguay - 61 points
4. Chile - 57 points
5. Colombia - 6 points
6. Argentina - 3 points
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