The cyclist from Quetzaltenango competed for the third consecutive time in the Olympic Games with the road cycling event
GUATEMALA – Manuel Rodas became the greatest exponent of Guatemalan cycling to compete in Olympic Games after their experiences in London 2012, Rio 2016 Y Tokyo 2020, beating Max Leiva with two performances in 1984 and 1988.
The most recent experience was lived last Friday night (Guatemalan time) with the road cycling test that had a total distance of 234 kilometers where the Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz won. Manuel Rodas He could not complete the test and had to abandon the race after 180 kilometers due to lost competition time.
“I return with a new learning, a new experience. We try to make a worthy representation with our best effort. Unfortunately I broke free from the main group with three kilometers to go to Mount Fuji and it is critical because of the pace they are taking and the people behind don’t like to chase. In the end we had to be withdrawn due to the time lost in the race and several runners from America and some from Europe left, ”he said. Manuel Rodas upon arrival at La Aurora International Airport during the live broadcast of the Guatemalan Cycling Federation.
🇬🇹 The Guatemalan cyclist Manuel Rodas was active in the peloton and gave a worthy presentation. 🚴♂️https: //t.co/NRxRj2ZQGs
– ESPN Guatemala (@ESPN_GT) July 24, 2021
Because he could not complete the competition, the Olympic cyclist was the center of criticism on social networks along with other Guatemalan athletes who did not have the desired performance in the maximum sporting event. Hence Manuel Rodas He referred to the issue of the comments against him and was forceful with his message.
“I have learned to survive criticism. I understand that high performance athletes are exposed to all this and we also know that there are many people in favor of what is done in competition. However, there are dissatisfied people who already take it personally and very directed towards me. Look how many cyclists there are in the world and how many we managed to qualify for the Olympic Games, out of thousands of professional cyclists, 127 we ran the Olympic route. If we look at the number of countries that were there, they did not exceed 50 countries either ”, said the Quetzalteco who was in the squad with figures of the stature of Richard Carapaz, Rigoberto Urán, Nairo Quintana and the Belgian Wout va Aert.
He took advantage of his intervention to ask for the support of the athletes present in Tokyo and put criticism aside, in a world-class event to represent the country. “I would like to invite all the people to support the sport, we still have competitors in Tokyo who will be representing us and we send the vibes and positive support from the Guatemalan public. Just as there are criticisms, they contribute something positive for the country and the sport. Thanks to the good comments, we learned from the negative things to know how to carry them and learn from everything because that leads us to be more professional, “he said. Manuel Rodas.
Manuel Rodas was part of the Guatemalan delegation of 24 athletes who qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 10 different sports disciplines.