The discipline of walking was carried out at the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games, where the Mexican Alejandra Ortega experienced moments of anger and sadness when she did not know if she would get the mark for the Olympics, it was because of the organizers.
Beyond the Pan American medals, the athletes are preparing to get their ticket to Paris 2024 in Chile, something that Ortega achieved by making a time of 1.16.56, exceeding the minimum of 1.29.20 which is requested for the area. The race ended with the Mexican in fifth place, but his joy turned to nervousness when they heard that the circuit was bad.
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La mexicana Alejandra Ortega había conseguido la marca para Paris 2024 en marcha, pero los organizadores se dieron cuenta que el circuito estaba mal medido y se analiza quitarle la marca.
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There was a mistake in the measurement of 20 kilometers and it took his pass to the next Olympics; Things are also not good for the Peruvian Kimberly García, because they took the Pan American record that she achieved in this event.
Ortega’s coach, Raúl González, described what happened in Santiago as “sad” and they know that now they have to look for another competition next year so that the athlete can again find his mark to go to Paris. For his part, Fernando Platas pointed out that the athletes have full support from the delegation.
In a press release, issued by the authorities, it was made official that the times obtained in the competition were canceled, because the commissioner of the Pan American Athletics Association, Marcelo Ithurralde, “is not accurate in the measurements of the courses. ” . They also point out that this situation is “beyond the powers of the organizing committee.”
Regarding the medals, Kimerly García from Peru took the gold, Estefanía Morejon and Carla Inga completed the podium with silver and bronze, respectively.