ECUADOR AND PERU WIN GOLD IN THE RACE WALK AT SANTIAGO 2023
Kimberly Garcia and Alexander Hurtado are the winners of the Pan American race walk competition.
In a day marked by rain, Ecuador’s athlete Alexander David Hurtado became the new race walk champion at the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games. He achieved the second gold medal for his nation by breaking Mexico’s Bernardo Segura’s previous Pan American Games record (1:20.17) with a time of 1 hour, 19 minutes and 20 seconds. The time achieved is awaiting validation by World Athletics.
Caio Bonfim of Brazil, who won the silver medal at Lima 2019 with a time of 1:19:24 and Mexico’s Eduardo Olivas, who took home the bronze, completed the podium.
“I am very happy for the entire process we have been going through in 2023 and for the record I achieved. It has been the best year of my sporting career and the best part is that we are not yet where we want to be. We want to keep improving,” said Hurtado.
One of the top favorites to win the race was the reigning champion from the 2019 Pan American Games, Brian Daniel Pintado. However, he had to withdraw from the competition just seven kilometers from the finish line due to nausea and physical instability.
KIMBERLY GARCIA WINS PERU’S THIRD GOLD
Peru’s race walker, Kimberly Garcia, secured gold in the women’s race walk. With this win, she became the first Peruvian woman in history to claim the gold medal in this discipline at the Pan American Games, adding the third gold medal for Peru at Santiago 2023.
The competition took place at the Explanada Campo de Marte in Parque O’Higgins, where Garcia dominated the race from start to finish.
“I was prepared for anything; the goal was the gold medal. I would have been a little sad if I had won the silver. I dedicate this victory to all Peruvians and to those who have been here cheering for me,” said Kimberly Garcia.
Competitors Glenda Morejon from Ecuador and Evelyn Inga from Peru, who took home the silver and bronze medals, completed the podium.
“The course was ideal for us. The flat surface and the weather have been perfect. Unlike other events where it gets too hot and we need more hydration, in this case, the circuit has helped us a lot,” said bronze medalist Evelyn Inga.
Written by Daniela Abarzua and Emilio Carmona