Angie Orjuela, from the Porvenir Team, and Cristian Vásconez, from Ecuador, repeated their titles in the San Silvestre de Chía International Athletic Race, a sporting event that completed its 35th version, with more than 2.500 athletes in virtual and face-to-face competitions.
From very early, the U16, U18, U20, Master A and Master B categories complied with the 4.5 kilometer routes agreed for all of them. Around 10:00 a.m., complying with the scheduled times and the biosafety protocols, the women and men elite categories went out to search for the best athletes of road athletics in the test that closed the calendar in Colombia.
The Olympics representative in Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo, Angie Orjuela, achieved her second title in a row, and the third in history, as she had also won in 2018. From very early on, the event went with three athletes, led by the Bogota woman, who commanded the group that also included María Fernanda Montoya from Team Cardona, and the Peruvian Luz Mery Rojas.
Very closely pursued the Ecuadorian Silvia Ortiz and the Colombian Leidy Lozano of the Olympic Team Running Ando, who ended with those top-5 positions.
At kilometer five, the locals took out the Peruvian, and in the sixth kilometer the runner from Porvenir attacked the athlete from Quindío League to reach the goal unaccompanied, with a time of 35 minutes and 16 seconds.
On the other hand, in men’s, there were nine athletes who broke the group from the beginning: Cristian Vásconez from Ecuador; Nicolás Herrera from Olímpica; Yerson Orellana from Peru; Ronald de Arruda from Brazil; Cristian Moreno from Veterinaria Jupiter; Abraham Hernández from Mexico; Franklin Téllez from Team Cardona; Andrés Peña from the National Police, and Carlos Santiago Hernández, from Chía.
At kilometer three there were only five runners left, led by the Ecuadorian Vásconez, as well as Herrera, Moreno, Hernández and Téllez. But after completing the first of the two rounds agreed, the Colombians Moreno and Téllez tried to get the 2020 champion out of the way, but the Ecuadorian’s strength was intact, and not only did he resist, but he was the one who later released Moreno and Téllez.
His change of pace was made with three kilometers to go, to get alone in the finish line and thus achieve his second consecutive victory in the popular San Silvestre de Chía race, by timing 29 minutes and 54 seconds, for the 10 km. In the final part, Téllez reacted to surpassed Moreno and take second place.
The best athletes from Chia municipality were Sonia Catalina López and Carlos Santiago Hernández, who finished eighth and ninth, respectively.
Another race that gave a great show was the Master A category, which had four Olympic athletes and a level that seemed like another elite. In women’s, Erika Abril de Atletas de Oro won, followed by Yolanda Fernández and Ana Joaquina Rondón, while in men’s Jhon Chaux de Focus was the champion, after beating Diego Colorado and Pedro Mora, second and third, respectively.
Results Chía International Athletic Race 2021
1. Angie Orjuela – Porvenir Team – 35:16
2. María Fernanda Montoya – Quindío – 35:30
3. Luz Mery Rojas – Peru – 36:16
4. Silvia Ortiz – Ecuador – 37:19
5. Leidy Lozano – Running Ando Olímpica – 37:24
1. Cristian Vásconez – Ecuador – 29:54
2. Franklin Téllez – Team Cardona – 30:17
3. Cristian Moreno – Veterinary Jupiter – 30:29
4. Abraham Hernández – Mexico – 30:57
5. Mauricio González – Bogotá – 31:15
Master A Women’s
1. Erika Abril – Golden Athletes – 16:31
2. Yolanda Fernández – Riativ Sports – 16:36
3. Ana Joaquina Rondón – Santander – 16:50
Master A Men’s
1. Jhon Chaux – Focus – 14:04
2. Diego Colorado – Antioquia – 14:07
3. Pedro Mora – Venezuela – 14:18
1. Maria Valentina Rojas – 17:34
2. Monica Rojas – 18:33
3. Yenny Barcenas – 19:11
U 20 Men’s
1. Gabriel Ortiz – 13:42
2. Brayan Valderrama – 13:48
3. Antheo Mauricio Patarroyo – 13:58
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