Monica PUIG

Puerto Rico PUR

Tennis

  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
  • Games participations
    1
  • First Olympic Games
    Rio 2016
  • Year of Birth
    1993
Olympic Results

Biography

Monica PUIG

Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig caused a major upset when she won women’s tennis singles gold at Rio 2016, beating the favourite, Germany’s Angelique Kerber, in the final to claim her country’s first ever Olympic title.

Prior to 13 August 2016, the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico had never won an Olympic gold medal. Home to 3,500,000 people, this self-governing overseas territory of the USA has been sending athletes to the Olympic Games since London 1948, the year in which its National Olympic Committee was founded.

Puerto Rico has excelled in boxing over the years, winning six medals in the ring between its Olympic debut and Atlanta 1996, with Luis Ortiz collecting lightweight silver at Los Angeles 1984, while Jaime Espinal won a freestyle wrestling silver at London 2012.

Puerto Rican-born Gigi Fernandez won the women’s tennis doubles titles at Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta four years later, but did so under the U.S. flag, with the island nation still waiting for its first gold medallist when Rio 2016 came around. Yet that wait would end thanks to the exploits of another female tennis player.

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Rio 2016

G
Singles
Singles Tennis