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Salvadoran athletes will participate in the Central American Cross-Country and Racewalking as preparation for San Salvador 2023

The Salvadoran Athletics Federation (Fedeatletismo) officially announced the national team for next weekend’s Central American Cross-Country and Racewalking Championship, to be held in Managua, Nicaragua.

The regional competition will be an important warm-up for the athletes in their preparation towards the XXIV Central American and Caribbean Games San Salvador 2023.

Carlos Clemente, secretary of Fedeatletismo, commented “the participating athletes are from the highest category, and this will be a high-level warm-up for them in order to prepare strategies for the disciplines in which they will compete”.

Furthermore, Clemente also mentioned the steps that the athletes must follow to qualify for the San Salvador 2023 Games.

“Every athlete is training and competing to qualify for the Games. Even if we are the host country, the federation, along with the Technical Commission, has established the qualifying marks”, he explained.

On her part, the president of Fedeatletismo, Gloria Ramos, valued how relevant the Central American event is for the athletes of the federation, which is focused towards the San Salvador 2023 Games.

“It allows them to practice, especially in racewalking. These athletes must be reaching their marks to qualify for the Games. The athletes are doing cross-country to prepare for the half-marathon, since cross-country provides them plenty of endurance for this discipline”, Ramos expressed.

A delegation formed by 20 people, 17 athletes and three officials, is set to leave for Nicaragua. Some of the standout athletes that will be part of the national delegation are: Benjamín Jiménez and Tania Delgado, winners of the recent National Cross-Country Championship, in the 10 km modality.

Besides the men’s and women’s senior categories, the delegation will include athletes from the U-20, U-18, U-15, and U-13 categories.

Ramos also seemed hopeful of the group that will travel to Nicaragua next Friday, and emphasized on the participation of young athletes, who, in some cases, will be making their championship debut.

“I see they are really focused, we will also count with some cadets from El Salvador Armed Forces”, she commented.

“It is important for them to start competing early, like Francisco Ernesto Portillo (from the U-13 category), who will make his debut in the cross-country modality of the Central American championship”, Ramos added.

The president finished with an overview of the aspirations of Salvadoran athletics for these games, and how the process of the national team selection for the San Salvador 2023 Games is going:

“We will have good participants. We are already closing the long list. We have seen new national records, like Carlos Santos in the 3,000 m hurdles, or Natán Rivera, who competed in men’s pole vault recently with an astounding participation. Likewise, we are preparing because we know our athletes will give it all”.

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