Martina Weil, daughter of Jimena Restrepo at the Pan American Games

If the genes of the Colombian-Chilean Martina Weil are analyzed, it will be concluded that her present and future must be in athletics. His father is Gert Will, the best hitting racket in Chilean history, and his mother is none other than Ximena Restrepo, the bronze medalist in the 400 meters at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, and the first medal by a woman. Colombian in a duel.

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Photos: National Sports Institute of Chile and Colbrenza

Martina Will Restrepo chose to follow in the footsteps of her parents and became an athlete in the 400 metres. She took part in the Junior Pan American Games in Cali under the Chilean flag, and although she tried to go unnoticed, the physical resemblance to her mother and her conditions on the track kept her away.

“I’ve been coming to Colombia from a very young age, have never visited Cali and am so fortunate to visit a city I didn’t know that it has affected me so much,” said Martina, who felt at home with a Colombian audience who was also supportive of her, when they introduced me and told me I was in my mother’s land It was unbelievable.

Her performance was exceptional, with Martina winning two silver medals (400m and 4×400) and many fans who recognized her were surprised by her talent. He finished the race with a time of 52.35 seconds, breaking his own national record, which was 52.60.

She wants to shine in her own light, she does not want to be recognized only as the daughter of athletic idols, but she wants to make her own career, although she understands with love and pride the support of her parents. “It has been a very difficult year and what has helped me to move forward, as well as my colleagues, are my parents who support me unconditionally in everything,” said the young athlete.

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Martina prefers to be kept out of sight, although it is not very easy to find her lively style and running form in athletes of her age. She is tall and has efficient strides, which she coaches along with family advice when facing the track.

She doesn’t see pressure as the daughter of some South American sports legend. “In the end, it’s a matter of attitude, and as much as I see it as pressure, I can see it as tremendous luck. There are many athletes out there who don’t have the support I’ve had,” Martina said.

He lives in the United States with a scholarship she won. She is far from her parents but they watch her at all times and henceforth is seen as one of the greatest athletes on the continent, with a clear and definite goal, the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Photo: National Sports Institute of Chile

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