Jul 02, 2021 – 3:19 pm
Newsroom in El Pais
Athlete from Valle del Cauca Francisco Sanclemente will compete at Peachtree, in Atlanta, United States, one of the historic wheelchair athletics races and where many of the world’s best athletes run.
Sanclemente, who on June 19 finished fourth at the Granny Marathon, in Duluth, US, and thus achieved to be Latin America’s best in the event, is now also aiming for medium-distance goals, to focus on what he called, “high intensity competitions”.
The athlete from Valle del Cauca will do his second head-to-head test of the season after actually winning the New York 5km Half Marathon, Boston. And he took second place in the World Marathon for the World Marathon.
Francisco, an elite athlete in the T54 class of wheelchair athletics all over the world, is now striving to make a difference as well in events other than the marathon, and in this way is making small improvements to his method, the long distance.
Sports street racing, especially marathon style, has been the most affected event in athletics as a result of the restrictions caused by the pandemic, as the world’s largest marathon races have been forced to reinvent themselves and facilitate the virtual method as an alternative; Now, thanks to advances in vaccination in countries like the United States, we’ll see marathon runners in action again, among them Colombian Sanclemente.
“Seeing my athletes and friends over and over and running with them is incomparable. I am glad I started the season with good results, but competing personally means something completely different and more exciting. The return of marathons is an added motivation for Francesco,” said Francisco.
The athlete sponsored by Grupo Argos has the best record in South America in the T54 marathon event, and who already knows what wins in Madrid, Buenos Aires, Miami and Mexico, the second part of the 2021 season will continue with the Seoul Marathon, Paris Marathon and Mexico City Marathon, among others.