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Roberto López rows motivated towards the San Salvador 2023 Games

When El Salvador celebrated the Central American and Caribbean Games in 2002, Roberto López was just 9 years old, and he studied at Centro Escolar Arturo Romero. He remarks that he never imagined that he would establish himself as one of the top figures of Salvadoran rowing two decades later.

In a 14-year period, Roberto López has also established himself as an athlete with good projection to win a medal at the Central American and Caribbean Games San Salvador 2023, that will be held in the country from June 23rd to July 8th.

Roberto’s name was added to the list of rowing athletes in 2008, after a promotional visit of the Rowing Federation of El Salvador to Centro Escolar Cantón El Bejuco, Santa Ana. Since then, he claims that it was one of the best choices he has ever made in his 29 years of life.  

“It’s a long process. I’ve been rowing for 14 years, and these Games are when my performance is projected to get better results and indicates that I can get on the podium. In the last instances, I managed to earn the fifth place both times; now, I’m projecting to get either second or third place, with which I would be quite pleased”, Roberto López said.

The Salvadoran rower also commented that he was born in San Salvador, but he spent his childhood between Ahuachapán and Santa Ana, and that he is enthusiastic about his first Central American and Caribbean games in his home country, his third participation in total.

“We’ve been getting ready as best as possible with the support of sports institutions. My goal for these Games is to get as close as possible to the gold medal. I already had the qualifiers for these games in Mexico, and we demonstrated that we’re really close to the Cuban, who is a force to be reckoned with in this discipline. We’ve been getting ready to keep working on that challenge ever since we returned from Mexico”, the athlete whose track record includes a participation in the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Roberto considers local athletes need to make the most out of their conditions as hosts of the sports event that will be organized in the country for the third time in history after the 1935 and 2002 Games.

“The fact that we are locals gives us the most confidence and joy. We have a lake that we know like the palm of our hands, we know where the wind comes in, and where the waters are faster. Those are the advantages in our favor”, López remarked.

Roberto will be competing in the men’s single scull, men’s double scull along with Miguel Morán, and in quad without a helmsperson. “The boat with the best projection for a gold medal is always the single scull. It’s the one in which I had the most time and prepared the longest. There’s also a possibility in the men’s double scull”, he remarked.

In his preparation route for the San Salvador 2023 Games, López has scheduled a training camp in Tigre, Argentina, from February 6th to April 10th.

“We will be in the home city of Argentinian rowing, and we will be in a training camp under Guillermo Pfaab, the best coach that works with the Sub-23 Argentina team. The idea is to be there to continue with our physical preparation. The main goal is to improve strength, and then to compete with the Argentinian athletes. This will do us good, since they are a country with a lot of history in this discipline”, the athlete explained.

López will also have the qualifying challenge for the Pan American Games Santiago 2023 that will be held in Chile starting April 15th, which will also be a good warm-up for the Central American and Caribbean Games.

“I couldn’t qualify for the last instance of the Pan American Games Lima 2019, but now I have a higher chance since I have prepared better. I am excited to compete in these Games and qualify”, he said.

López’s challenges for 2023 also include a participation in the World Rowing Championship, in Serbia, which will take place in September and by the end of October. He trusts that he will be in the Pan American Games Santiago 2023.

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