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London 2012: the medalists of Latin America
Friday, August 10th, 2012

Latin American countries are not traditionally known for bountiful medal counts, but the London 2012 Olympic Games are showcasing talented athletes who are slowly growing the region's haul of silver and bronze.

Teams from Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic are among this year's Olympic medalists. Guatemala, for the first time ever, has also joined their ranks. So far in London the region has won more 30 medals combined.

These photos represent some of Latin America's greatest moments in London over the past two weeks.

Leonel suarez decathlon 2012 08 10

Leonel Suarez of Cuba celebrates after the decathlon 1500 m heat alongside gold medal winner and world record holder Ashton Eaton of the United States. Suarez took bronze in the decathlon on Aug. 9 at the London 2012 Olympics.

(Eric Feferberg - AFP/Getty Images)
Adriana araujo colombia 2012 08 09

Adriana Araujo of Brazil celebrates her points victory over Saida Khassenova of Kazakhstan in women's lightweight boxing, at the 2012 London Olympic Games, on Aug. 5, 2012 in London. Araujo finished the event with a bronze medal.

(Jack Guez - AFP/Getty Images)
Aida roman   mexico 2012 08 09

Aida Roman of Mexico competes in her women's individual archery semi-final match against fellow Mexican Mariana Avitia Martinez, at the London 2012 Olympic Games at Lord's Cricket Ground on Aug. 2, 2012. Roman won silver and later received a congratulatory phone call from Mexico's President Felipe Calderon.

(Paul Gilham - Getty Images)
Arthur nabarrete zanetti brazil 2012 08 09

Arthur Nabarrete Zanetti of Brazil competes on the artistic gymnastics men's rings during the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on Aug. 6. Zanetti took home the gold from this event.

(Ronald Martinez - Getty Images)
Ruben limardo gascon venezuela 2012 08 09

Ruben Limardo of Venezuela, left, competes against Seth Kelsey of the United States in the men's epee individual fencing semi-final on Aug. 1, 2012 in London. Limardo went on to take the gold medal in the event.

(Hannah Johnston - Getty Images)
Caterine ibarguen   colombia 2012 08 09

Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia competes in the women's triple jump final at the London 2012 Olympic Games on Aug. 5. Ibarguen took home a silver medal from the event.

(Adam Pretty - Getty Images)
Erick barrondo guatemala 2012 08 09 0

Guatemala's Erick Barrondo crosses the 20-km race walk finish line to win silver, the Central American country's first-ever Olympic medal, on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

(Jeff J Mitchell - Getty Images)
Felix sanchez dr 2012 08 09

Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's 400m hurdles final, on Aug. 6 at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

(Stu Forster - Getty Images)
Ivan cambar rodriguez cuba 2012 08 09

Ivan Cambar Rodriguez of Cuba competes in the men's 77kg weightlifting on Aug. 1 at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Rodriguez won bronze.

(Jeff Gross - Getty Images)
Larissa franca and juliana silva brazil 2012 08 09

Larissa Franca, left, and Juliana Silva of Brazil won the bronze medal in women's beach volleyball on Aug. 8, 2012 in London.

(Cameron Spencer - Getty Images)
Laura sanchez soto  mexico 2012 08 09

Laura Sanchez Soto of Mexico competes in the women's 3m springboard diving preliminary round on Aug. 3, 2012 in London. Soto finished with a gold medal in this event.

(Al Bello - Getty Images)
Oscar munoz oviedo colombia 2012 08 09

Oscar Munoz Oviedo of Colombia celebrates winning bronze in men's taekwondo on Aug. 8, 2012 in London.

(Jeff J Mitchell - Getty Images)
Rigoberto uran colombia 2012 08 09

Alexandr Vinokurov of Kazakhstan shadows Rigoberto Uran Uran of Colombia during the men's road race road cycling on July 28, 2012 in London. Uran won a silver medal in the event.

(Daniel Berehulak - Getty Images)
Sarah menezes brazil 2012 08 09

Sarah Menezes of Brazil (blue) fights Alina Dumitru of Romania to win the gold medal in women's -48 kg judo on July 28, 2012 in London.

(Alexander Hassenstein - Getty Images)
Yarisley silva cuba 2012 08 09

Yarisley Silva of Cuba attempts a vault in the women's pole vault final on Aug. 6, 2012 in London. Silva won a silver medal in the event.

(Hannah Johnston - Getty Images)
Robert scheidt and bruno prada   brazil 2012 08 09

Brazil's Bruno Prada and Robert Scheidt sail through rough conditions in the star sailing class at the London 2012 Olympic Games, in Weymouth on Aug. 3. The duo took home bronze in the event.

(William West - AFP/Getty Images)
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