Anthony Zambrano became the first Colombian male athlete to win a medal at an Olympic Games in athletics and joins Caterine Ibargüen and Ximena Restrepo as the Colombians who have given the country medals in the beautiful game.. However, Restrepo and Zambrano are the only ones to obtain excellent results in a speed test (400 flat meters).
On August 5, 1992, Colombian Ximena Restrepo became the first woman to win a medal at the Olympic Games. It was bronze in Barcelona after finishing third in the 400 meters with a record of 49.64. This career time is similar to those currently registered in the female branch in Tokyo 2020, since the best mark that has been presented is that of Stephenie McPherson from Jamaica with 49.34, which highlights the feat achieved by Ximena Restrepo that year.
The Montjuic Olympic Stadium witnessed the great deed of the Colombian woman who was 23 years old at the time and who gave Colombia a very important medal at the Olympic Games. Restrepo had a great Olympic cycle after imposing his marks in the National, Bolivarian and South American Games, in addition to his two silver medals in the 1991 Pan American Games in Cuba. He was also a semifinalist in the Seoul Games four years ago.
29 years later, also on August 5 but from 2021, Anthony Zambrano achieved one more medal for Colombian athletics and the second in history in the 400-meter test. A time of 44.08 awarded the silver medal to the Colombian.
In a dialogue prior to the race, Ximena Restrepo, had highlighted the qualities of Zambrano: “Anthony Zambrano is a Colombian who is putting the name of the country high, he is an impressive runner. He shines in the most difficult part of the competition and that He understands it clearly. He can win a medal. “
Restrepo and Zambrano will remain in the golden books of Colombian athletics for their medals, for their brands and for their feats, but also for being able to position the country in a discipline that has ‘other owners’.