Ana Gabriela Guevara

Mexican Olympic Athlete

At the 2004 Athens Games, sprinter Ana Gabriela Guevara became the first woman in Mexican history to win an Olympic medal in the 400-meter sprint, by conquering the silver metal with a 49.56-second time, just one year after having been proclaimed world champion.

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Ana Gabriela Guevara

Mexican Olympic Athlete

Ana Gabriela Guevara

Mexican Olympic Athlete

Ana, since she was a child, always had her gaze towards sports. When she was in middle and high school, she represented her school in basketball, then was selected for the Nogales team, with which she won the state championship. Due to his age, he did not continue in the rush sport and he decided on athletics in 1996 under the always gaze of the coach of Cuban origin, Raúl Barreda.

Her first year of glory was in 2003 when she became world champion in Paris 2003, where she won the 400 meter dash in 48:89 seconds, her best time so far, and it became a milestone in national athletics because none Mexican woman had achieved such an important result, after sweeping in all the competitions of the IAAF Golden League.

Rarely had a woman paralyzed the country almost 100% during the Olympic final in Athens. Ana attracted the gaze of the Mexicans, both those who were in Athens and those who stayed at home.Ana, without working hard, advanced to the quarterfinals with a time of 50:93 seconds to pass in first place of her heat .

He immediately improved his record from four years ago at Sydney 2000 by hitting 52.34, and went to the final running in 50:15, setting the best fifth mark in a semi-final. Proving by the way, that she was ready to fight with everything in the final against the Bahamian Tonique Williams.

August 24 will be marked in the life of the Sonoran who gave herself to the maximum, but was not enough to defeat her staunch rival in 2004, the Bahamian Tonique Williams, who showed to arrive in an excellent physical and mental form, to the summer fair.

In almost six years of experience, she managed to consolidate herself as the best exponent of the 400 smooths in the classification of the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF), surpassing competitors with many more years running the distance.


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