The fleeting but successful career of Falcón García


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The fleeting but successful career of Falcón García

Born on November 1, 1962 in Mexico City, Salvador García is one of the most glorious Latin American marathoners in history. Specialized in long-distance races, indulged in the 1991 season of winning nothing less than the New York Marathonk, and with a time of 2:09:28, being the first Mexican to win this race. The following year he won the Rotterdam Marathon in a time of 2:09:16, in what would be his personal best.

Popularly known as “the Falcon”, he had a fleeting but successful sports career, achieving in just 5 seasons a total of 6 victories and 2 second places in prestigious international marathons. García began to inscribe his name in the sport in 1988, when even at 25 years of age he was second in the 42k in Houston, United States, with an impressive time of 2:11:50. Months later, and still in the same year, he won his first marathon and did it at home, when he stopped the timers at 2:19:02 in the Mexico City Marathon. After that, he won the 1989 New Jersey marathons (2:10:47) and the Long Beach, California marathons in 1990 (2:15:21) in the United States.

In the same year he made his debut in the New York Marathon with a surprising second place in 2:13:19. The 1991 season would see him revalidating his title in the Californian Long Beach Marathon (2:16:08) and then winning the aforementioned New York Marathon. His successes would extend into the 1992 season when he climbed to the top of the podium in the Rotterdam Marathon, Netherlands, with a time of 2:09:16.

Fame and recognition were not long in coming. After his resounding triumph and being a soldier in the Mexican army at that time, he was awarded a large sum of money and a luxurious automobile for having won first place in New York. With this he acquired a house in El Ocotal, near the Desierto de los Leones, whose façade features an ambitious castle. The honors were not limited to the financial aspect. He was named the best athlete of the year in which he conquered glory.

In the army, his sporting merit led him to be promoted to the rank of sergeant, although he also won the admiration of former president Carlos Salinas de Gortari.

In fact, the then president ordered that, upon his arrival from New York, the presidential guard escorted him to the gates of Los Pinos, which was then the official residence, to congratulate him personally. However, this whole panorama was disappearing quickly. His decline began in Barcelona 1992, when, in addition to failing in sports, he began to get involved in controversial public statements that included explicit statements of his admiration for Saddam Hussein and Adolf Hitler.


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