The march did not stop. Karla Ximena Serrano pressed and maintained his steady pace in second place in the 10,000 meter walk in the Under-20 World Athletics Championship, Cali 2022. 14 laps had passed and the Mexican, a native of Michoacán, had to speed up if she wanted to strip the Japanese of first place Ai Oyama, with whom he paired up and competed shoulder to shoulder in the twilight of the joust.
Karla saved the best for last. In the last four meters of the competition, he surpassed his Asian rival like lightning and won the first gold medal for Mexico. in said championship. As Serrano raised his arms in victory, Oyama burst into tears from the disappointment of losing the lead like this.
The 18-year-old Mexican athlete stopped the clock at a mark of 46 minutes 24 seconds and 35 hundredths. Serrano was the only Mexican to compete in said competition and obtained her personal best by leaving Oyama 9 hundredths behind.
What started with an unfavorable test, Karla Ximena was in charge of reversing it. At the beginning of the race, two groups of runners were formed, where the Mexican was part of the second section. As the competition progressed, Ximena was among the five fastest walkers and became a leader until the Japanese runner passed herbut the situation would change later.
Ximena was born on April 14, 2004 in Zitacuaro, Michoacan. However, for two years he has represented the State of Mexico and in his short career he has been present in different competitions ranging from 5,000 meters to 10,000. Karla’s race walking career began when she was 13 years old. and now, five years later, his name has just been engraved in gold letters within the discipline in Mexico. Incidentally, Serrano held the world championship for the country. before herAlegna González in 2018 and Sofría Ramos in 2021 They got the coveted title. However, it is not the only coincidence they share, since the three athletes have won the medal under the tutelage of the former Olympic walker Ignatius Zamudio.
In addition to winning this championship in Cali, Colombia, Karla Ximena was able to win the Podebrady Race Walking International Circuit in the Czech Republic. Also within his list of winners this year is the XXXV International Cantonese Grand Prix of La Coruña. In addition to the first place in the Fifth National Coatzacoalcos Walking Circuit.
Ximena Serrano is aware of the commitment that the discipline requires within the country, which has left great exponents and international achievements. To do this, her preparation for the Cali 2022 Under-20 World Athletics Championship was built with double sessions at the National Center for the Development of Sports Talents and High Performance (CNAR).
“The walk in Mexico is one of the sports with the greatest results, what we want is to maintain ourselves and we, as part of that new generation of athletes, try to achieve it and even improve it, that the discipline continues to stand out at the international level,” Serrano said in a interview for the National Commission of Physical Culture and Sports (CONADE)in May of this year.
According to information from Government of Mexico, CONADE granted support through the National March Program (PRONAM), which consists of providing the training space, food and lodging at the CNAR, as well as two vehicles to travel to the training sites. Despite this, Katy López, a reporter and Twitter user (@katilunga), pointed out that Ignacio Zamudio traveled to support Serrano at his own expense, despite being a national coach and coordinator of the march at CONADE.
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