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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Muoz happy after first pitching final for Mexican

Eugene, Ore ( Associated Press) — Even though he has improved his personal best by one meter, it may not have been enough for him to take the podium. But Uzil Munoz was happy with his bout at the World Athletics Championships on Sunday.

They disputed the final, something that no Mexican had achieved in any throwing modality, in the history of these fairs.

Thus, the shot putter from the northern state of Chihuahua knows he has completed another task on his to-do list.

“Quite happy,” he said. “The important thing in these events is to be there and we were in the finals. Right now I am number 12 in the world and next year the World Cup will be repeated and we will have a new chance.

The pandemic delayed the meeting in Eugene, Oregon, for a year. Thus, the next edition will take place in 2023 in Budapest.

Three years earlier, at the Pan American Games in Lima, Muoz had already won an unprecedented bronze medal for Mexico in the sport. For a short time, amidst the hardships caused by the pandemic, he could not qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

Now he has played second consecutive World Cup. And he improved on what he did in Doha 2019 – on that occasion he did not make the final and his best throw was 19.06m.

He clocked 20.01 on his first attempt at Hayward Field on Sunday. But in the second and third, he failed to beat his performance with 19.71 and 19.79.

“This number 12 should also improve. We must continue to work to take that step which was missing in this World Cup,” he added.

Something that escaped him was his goal of breaking his personal best, which is 21.06m. Even if he had fired by 22.06, he would not have won the medal.

“I had some minor difficulties, but the important thing is to fix them and work on them,” admitted the athlete, born 26 years ago in the small town of Nuevo Casas Grandes. “Personally, there are certain movements that I have to do differently, I have recognized them well.”

The United States had a monopoly on the platform. Ryan Krauser won the gold in 22.94m, Joe Kovacs the silver in 22.89m and Josh Avtunde won the bronze in 22.29m.

“We have a very young generation of pitchers in Mexico, but I don’t think about it and I look to the winners,” Munoz said. “And I also want to work on being a good thrower for others, whether it’s shot, discus, hammer or javelin.”

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