(photo) Víctor Aravena makes a historic time of 2:17:49 in the Olympic Marathon at Rio2016
The Coronel native did a feat in the Rio2016 marathon: he got the best time in the history of our country making it to the finish line at the Sambodromo in the 42nd place, in 2:17:49.
The 26-year-old athlete, specialist in 5,000 meters, ran the second marathon of his life and got this amazing result. “I am very happy. I did all I could, all that was in my hands,” he commented, exhausted after finishing his race.
Behind Aravena, his friend and also MDS athlete Daniel Estrada crossed the line with the Chilean flag in his back, in the 98th place in 2:25:33. “I am so happy because we finished a cycle that began so long ago. I was steps away from retirement, but thanks to Victor I am here and I hope to begin another process thinking in Tokyo,” said the physical education teacher, also exhausted..
A few minutes later Valdivian-born Enzo Yáñez also arrived in 108th place with a time of 2:27:47 “It is always a matter of pride for me to have the Chilean shirt on,” he said.
The long distance runners started along more than 160 athletes from all over the world, and they fulfilled their dream in this first Olympic experience for all of them.
The gold medal was for Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya, with a time of 2:08:44; the silver went to Feyisa Lilesa from Ethiopia with 2:09:54, and bronze for the USA’s Galen Rupp with 2:10.05.
Víctor Aravena, Daniel Estrada and Enzo Yañez in Río2016.