Last week felt like a dream for sports fans across Mexico. The women’s softball team qualified for the Olympic Games for the first time in history, while the duo of Mayan Oliver and Mariana Arceo were crowned Modern Pentathlon World Champions in Hungary.

On August 31, millions in Mexico celebrated the victory of the women’s softball team in a close 2-1 match against Canada, which not only secured them the gold medal in the tournament held in Canada, but also secured qualification to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Both teams entered the final match with three wins and no losses, setting up an exciting and close-fought final. Team Canada took an early lead on the strength of Victoria Hayward, but the team from Mexico dealt the final blow in the fifth inning with Suzannah Gonzalez and Nicole Mendez leading the Tricolor team to prevail over the home team despite an entire stadium against them.

This marks a historical triumph for Mexico by qualifying in softball to the Olympic Games for the first time in history.


Mayan Oliver and Mariana Arceo also delivered a historical performance in Budapest, Hungary, achieving the gold medal in the Women’s Relay at the Modern Pentathlon World Championships.

The Mexicans achieved first place in the discipline with 1,338 points. Second place went to the Hungarian team of Kamila Reti and Luca Barta with 1,329 pts, while the bronze medal fell to the hands of the Korean duo Unju Kim and Mina Jeong with 1,326 pts.

“We got the gold medal, we are the World Champions of modern pentathlon, and we are very happy because we put our heart and soul into that competition and add one more victory along our trajectory in Modern Pentathlon. Thanks to everyone who has trusted me and now we are heading for more,” Mariana Arceo said after the historic achievement.

Mariana Arceo continues her great year, coming off a gold medal at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games which also gave her qualification to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Panam Sports congratulates the Mexican athletes, the Mexican Olympic Committee and its President Carlos Padilla for their excellent achievements in recent weeks.