The Tokyo Paralympic Games began and Chile already has a historic gold medal. Is that the national swimmer Alberto Abarza, one of the flag bearers of the country in the event, won the highest medal in the category 100 meters backstroke class S2.
The Chilean was a candidate in the test to be on the podium and ratified it by making history, by giving Chile its second medal in this Paralympic competition, after Cristián Valenzuela’s victory in the 5000 meters (T11 class) in London 2012.
“Beto” registered a time of 2’00 “40 to beat the Brazilian Gabriel Dos Santos Araujo (silver) and the representative of the Russian Olympic Committee Vladimir Danilenko (bronze).
GOLD PARACHILE !!! 🇨🇱🇨🇱🇨🇱
Alberto Abarza @alberto.abarza won this Wednesday the first medal of the #TeamParaChile at the Paralympic Games in @ Tokyo2020, after finishing in the first position in the final of the 100 meters backstroke of the S2 class. pic.twitter.com/MAoqc8gywu
– Paralympic CommitteeCHI (@paralimpicoCHI) August 25, 2021
After his victory, Abarza was excited and said: “I’m living a dream that started when I was two years old and I entered the Teletón pool. To crown it like this is something that makes me very happy, I appreciate all the support, from the people, my family, the Paralympic committee. “
“The race hurt a lot, I knew I had to push and not go crazy the first few meters, sometimes it’s difficult to focus, one thinks it’s slow, but it was going fast. The lap hurt like never before, but I was pushing, I knew I was nearby and when I saw the marker I knew there were seven meters left, my life hurt, but knowing that there was nothing left and I hit him with everything, “he added.
In addition, he added: “It is a long road, many years, it is not to arrive and be here. There is a lot of sacrifice, but it was worth it and it is what I rescue the most. Dreams are to be fulfilled, with work you can achieve the impossible. You have to propose, nothing is impossible. As one tennis player said, nothing in life is impossible, not even a hint. I am here for all Chileans, thanks to their support I am what I am, they have also helped the Telethon. They have given me this push. “