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David Hurtado, the gold medal in Men’s Walk

The walker was crowned junior Pan American champion in the 20.000, a test that started very early this morning during the second day of athletics competitions in Cali Valle 2021.

Since he qualified for the Junior Pan American Games, David was already leading the U23 continental ranking, so this Wednesday in Cali he was the main favorite to lift the gold medal. A group of Ecuadorians who met at Pascual Guerrero Stadium encouraged him from beginning to end, until the tricolor made his name sound in Cali when he crossed the finish line in 1: 21.55.

Almost a minute later, Brazilian Matheus Correa arrived (1: 22.18), who took second place. The third place was for the Guatemalan José Ortiz (1.23.47). The other Ecuadorian, Gonzalo Bustán, finished sixth (1: 27.36).

“I feel very happy, we have come out of a general stage, so technically we are just tuning details for next year when competitions are to come, the technical part was one of the biggest concerns for us”, said Hurtado.

In addition to being the first gold medal for Ecuadorian athletics, it has a very special and personal meaning for the walker. “This medal is dedicated to my grandfather, his name is Jorge Hurtado, unfortunately he passed away last month, this medal is dedicated to him”.

Hurtado is 13th in the world ranking and this year he finiseh 19th at the Tokyo Olympics, the time was not what he was looking for. “Time was not a determining factor for us, at the moment we only came here to try to take the gold, we got it and that is the most important thing”, he said.

His victory in Cali gives him the direct ticket to the Pan American Games Santiago 2023. Now he wil cheer for his fellow countrymen who are still in competition in search of more medals. “We have great representatives in our sport and I hope the medals keep coming”.

The Women’s 20.000m Walk is scheduled from this Friday, December 3, where Ecuador will be represented by the multiple international medalists Glenda Morejón and Paula Torres.

By Ricardo Gomez Chirinos APA Pressl
With information from the Ecuadorian Olympic Committee

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