It is in Tokyo 2020 where our athletes will seek to make history and surpass 300 Paralympic medals.
The countdown has started, we are only a few days away from the Olympic flame shining again in Tokyo That is why this Friday the giant structure of the symbol of the Paralympic Games, in the same way that a few weeks ago the hoops were seen during the past Olympic Games. Now, the three “Agitos” that consist of three curved lines in green, blue and red colors, their name comes from the Latin “I move”; shine over the sea of Tokyo Bay in the Odaiba Marine Park, representing the movement and coming together of the 4,400 parathletes from 160 nations in the competition that will take place from August 24 to September 5.
Speaking specifically of the Mexicans, the expectations are high, although the result of the delegation that participated during the Olympic edition that ended on August 8 was not what was expected, being in 84th place in the medal table with 4 bronze medals. The possibility of the parathletes is different. Currently Mexico has 289 medals in Paralympic Games: 97 of gold, 90 of silver and 102 of bronze; it is expected that now in Tokyo 2020 you can get those eleven remaining medals to reach the number 300 and the three remaining to make it the hundred gold.
If we review the performance of Mexico in the past Paralympic Games The prediction seems quite viable, because in Rio 2016 the delegation won 15 medals: four gold, two silver and nine bronze, to finish in 29th place on the medal table. In London 2012 there were 21 medals and in Beijing 2008 there were 20, which makes the hope of reaching 300 Paralympic medals a reality. But who are the strong cards for Mexico in this fair?
The Mexican Paralympic delegation is made up of 29 women and 31 men, a total of 60 athletes who will be competing in eleven different disciplines. The flag bearers are Amalia perez and Edgar Barajas, referents of adapted sport in Mexico. Amalia is a competitor in parapowerlifting and reaches her sixth Paralympic Games At 44 years of age, she is one of the athletes who has awarded medals in all the editions in which she has participated: Two silver in Sydney 2000, two silver in Athens 2004, one gold in Beijing 2008, one gold in London 2012 and a gold medal in Rio 2016. While Barajas, who was born in Colima, is a gold and silver medalist at the Guadalajara 2011 and Lima 2019 Parapan American Games in javelin throw.
Other athletes to follow in the summer joust are those of the swimmers, Diego Lopez, who has five gold medals at the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games; and Patricia valle who will look for his 12th medal in a Paralympic joust, since in his record he has four golds, one silver and six bronzes, which he has achieved from Sydney 2000 to Rio 2016. The list is completed by the world record holder in shot put, Maria de los Angeles Ortiz, who is looking to become a triple Paralympic champion in Tokyo; the young runner Daniela Velasco Maldonado, who got the bronze medal in Rio 2016 in the 400 meters category; and the world and continental champion in parataekwondo Juan Diego Garcia, who at his young age hopes to make history in what will be the debut of his sport in a few Paralympic Games, with the help of the historic Olympic medalist Maria del Rosario Espinoza as your technical assistant.
These are just some of the names of the great athletes who will be representing us from next Tuesday in the Japanese capital, which, regardless of the result they obtain or whether they return with or without a medal, are already a great inspiration and pride. for the whole country. It is also important to support them, Mexico has proven to be a protagonist in Paralympic Games, ranking twenty-two in the medal ranking, being the best Latin American country followed by Brazil and Cuba.
Is in Tokyo 2020 where our athletes will seek to make history and exceed 300 Paralympic medals. Success and we are proud of you!