Mariana Pajón finished second in the women’s BMX event at the Ariake Urban Sports Park track in the Japanese capital. He achieved his third consecutive medal at the Olympics. She was defeated by England’s Bethany Shriever.
Shriever cut off her champion dynasty, but not her competitive tradition at this 495-meter track where she slipped out of first place on a very tight run.
There was delay due to the rain that soaked the track. Pajón worked hard in the first semifinal in which he came back to cross first. In his second outing, he gave up the lead by inches and made it to the final. In the last heat she was much more cautious in the face of the falls that affected her competitors.
In the final the English, champion by very little, escaped him. Mariana tearfully celebrated her second place with the flag in her hands.
The Antioqueña multiplied her triumphs after the fall she had in one of the valid World Cup in Holland in 2018. He broke the ligament in his left leg and returned after nine months of recovery to win gold at the Pan American Games in Lima 2019 and repeat a medal at these Olympics.
That of the Pajón is the third that the national delegation gets during the competition. The previous weekend, the weightlifter Luis Javier Mosquera achieved silver in the 67 kilogram weights and minutes before, Carlos Ramírez the bronze in BMX.