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III Bolivarian Games
Host city Caracas
Country  Venezuela
Nations participating 6
Athletes participating 1010
Opening ceremony December 5, 1951 (1951-12-05)
Closing ceremony December 21, 1951 (1951-12-21)
Officially opened by Germán Suárez Flamerich
Athlete's Oath Leopoldo Márquez
Torch Lighter Carlos Feo
Main venue Estadio Olímpico de la Universidad Central de Venezuela
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The III Bolivarian Games (Spanish: Juegos Bolivarianos) were a multi-sport event held between December 5–21, 1951, at the Estadio Olímpico de la Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas, Venezuela. The Games were organized by the Bolivarian Sports Organization (ODEBO).

The Games were officially opened by Germán Suárez Flamerich, who became president of the "Junta de Gobierno" 1950-1952, after the assassination of Carlos Delgado Chalbaud.

A detailed history of the early editions of the Bolivarian Games between 1938 and 1989 was published in a book written (in Spanish) by José Gamarra Zorrilla, former president of the Bolivian Olympic Committee, and first president (1976-1982) of ODESUR.[1] Gold medal winners from Ecuador were published by the Comité Olímpico Ecuatoriano.[2]


A total of 1010 athletes from 6 countries were reported to participate:[1]


The local Organizing Committee included three popular Venezuelan sports (Basque pelota, Bolas criollas, and Coleo) as exhibition events. The following sports were explicitly mentioned:[1][2][3][4][5]

: Exhibition event.

The list might be incomplete.

Medal count[edit]

The medal count for these Games is tabulated below.[6] This table is sorted by the number of gold medals earned by each country. The number of silver medals is taken into consideration next, and then the number of bronze medals.

1951 Bolivarian Games Medal Count
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Peru 40 39 25 104
2  Venezuela 33 31 31 95
3  Panama 18 7 12 37
4  Colombia 14 21 18 53
5  Ecuador 3 7 6 16
6  Bolivia 0 3 4 7
Total 108 108 96 312


  1. ^ a b c Gamarra Zorrilla, José, Bolivia Olímpica Capítulos VI al VIII (in Spanish), ANDES Academia del Conocimiento y el Desarrollo "Fernando Diez de Medina", retrieved October 22, 2012 
  2. ^ a b CUADRO DE MEDALLISTAS ECUATORIANOS EN LA HISTORIA DE LOS J. D. B. POR EDICIÓN (in Spanish), Comité Olímpico Ecuatoriano, retrieved October 22, 2012 
  3. ^ CARACAS EN RETROSPECTIVA - JUEGOS DEPORTIVOS BOLIVARIANOS 1951 (in Spanish), September 1, 2012, retrieved October 23, 2012 
  4. ^ El Atletismo Llega a su Etapa Final - Triunfos de Colombia en Natación , Tiro, Ajedrez, Billar - Panamá y el Perú Acaparon las Victorias en la Pruebas de la Jornada de Atletismo (in Spanish), El Tiempo, December 11, 1951, p. 6 (original page no.: 10), retrieved October 26, 2012 
  5. ^ COLOMBIA CAMPEON BOLIVARIANO DE FUTBOL - Bríllante Tríunfo de Forero en la Prueba de Fondo - Holder, de Panamá, Quebró los Records Bolivariano y Panamericano de pesas - Perú conquistó el pentathlon moderno - Lloreda ganó la prueba contra reloj - Exitos de Panamá y Venezuela en boxeo (in Spanish), El Tiempo, December 17, 1951, p. 10 (original page no.: 17), retrieved October 26, 2012 
  6. ^ RESULTADOS - III Juegos Bolivarianos. Caracas - Venezuela, 1951 (in Spanish), Comité Organizador de los Juegos Deportivos Bolivarianos 2005, retrieved October 22, 2012 

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