María Pía Fernández completed her participation in her first Olympic Games by completing the 1,500-meter qualifying event, despite having suffered an injury in the previous days that made the Uruguayan unable to compete in the best conditions. In statements to the FútbolUy portal, the athlete said that she wanted to be on the track beyond the injury because she felt she deserved it.
Fernández indicated that he was 100% prepared and arrived in Tokyo in optimal conditions, “but when you are higher up, the easier it is to fall.” The Thursday before the competition he felt “a strong puncture” and studies showed that he had “a strain with quite a bit of edema of nine millimeters in the external twin.”
“My world fell apart. From Thursday until now, I couldn’t do anything at all, everything hurt, I couldn’t jog, not even when warming up. But I asked to be there because I think I deserved to stand on that line because it took me a lot to get here, I took responsibility and after the shot rang I forgot everything, the pain and the injury and ran. I left everything, as always, although today that everything would have been 10%, I left everything I had and did the best I could because I think I deserved this, to be an Olympian and to arrive, “she said.
Despite this bad drink, the athlete was determined to have her revenge in the next Olympic Games, which will be held in Paris in 2024. “Five years ago, watching the Rio Games on television, I promised myself that I would be here and I arrived . And just like five years ago I promised myself that, today I promise that I will arrive in Paris, redouble my efforts and I will have my revenge ”, he commented.