A chance and a nod to retirement: Cristian Valenzuela enters the final of para athletics as a ‘surprise’ | parapanamericans-santiago-2023

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 A chance and a nod to retirement: Cristian Valenzuela enters the final of para athletics as a 'surprise' |  parapanamericans-santiago-2023

During the afternoon of this Friday, September 24, the Chilean Cristian Valenzuela ENDS fourth in the semi-finals on 1500 meters -category T11- in para athletics in Santiago 2023. However, not everything is said.

And in a back room that surprised everyone, even the athlete himself, the national representative will finally say that he is present in the final in the aforementioned discipline.

In the dialogue with BioBioChile, Valenzuela did not hide his surprise and along these lines, he explained everything that happened after the race.

“We manage the information that the first and second in each series and the two best times enter (the final). We did 4.40, very far from the classification time, but for a Mexican disqualification (Leonardo Villafaña), which may be due his guide threw him that’s in the regulations means direct disqualification and he assured us that we will go to the final,” he commented.

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Among his sensations, the winner of a historic gold for Chile at the London 2012 Paralympic Games He also discussed the possibility of retirement, always focused on enjoying the future.

“It will be difficult to come tomorrow, there will be very good competitors. The Brazilian who won the first series will start with a record pace and things will be very difficult tomorrow. Today I am enjoying a lot, The conversations with my guide (Matías Silva) and the love of the people and my team made me do well. In Paralympic athletics we are very united and I feel that is very comforting,” said Cristian Valenzuela.

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Possible goodbye? “I was destroyed after 5 thousand (meters), I have not retired in a test … but thanks to my guide, one wakes up with more spirit. My mind is on tomorrow, recovered, entered the final tomorrow and running better than today. After the Parapan American Games we will see what the future holds. One is not satisfied with showing this level, without doubt, I think I’m about to retire, but I want to have a better presentation“, he declared.