Last Friday, July 22, the Peruvian athlete Kimberly García won another medal in World Championships in Athletics, disputed in Eugene, Oregon, United States. Gold in the 35 km race walk is now part of his achievements. Previously, he was crowned in the 20 km race.
The podium was formed in the same way as that of the 20 km race, with Kimberly García in the first place, the Polish Katarzyna Zdzieblo in the second and the Chinese Shiye Qieyang in the third. With both prizes, how much money does the protagonist of this sport accumulate?
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How much money has Kimberly Garcia earned?
The Peruvian athlete took as a prize another 70,000 dollars, which join the 70,000 of last week; that is, $140,000. With two gold medals to her credit, Kimberly arouses the admiration of an entire country, the same country that had not previously won an award in this category in a World Athletics.
The 28-year-old athlete born in Huancayo prevailed over the Polish Katarzyna Zdzioblo (2 hours, 40 minutes and 3 minutes) and before the Chinese Qieyang Shijie (2 hours, 40 minutes and 37 seconds), who took the silver and bronze medals, respectively.
After winning the 20 km competition a week ago, Kimberly expressed the value of her effort: “I am very happy with this result, it’s my first world athletics medal. The road has been hard, (but) the result was given, so let’s continue. With my coach we will continue to Paris”.
Likewise, she declared for the Diario Récord Perú: “I am very happy with this result. It is the first world athletics medal I have. The road has been hard. We have worked very hard and the result was given. I am very happy with my medal and to continue”.
“The strategy was to be there, in the leading group, and then from there, I went and fought for the top positions and it happened. For me, the weather was very good. The route, the weather, everything was very good for me. I’m not complaining about that,” added the 28-year-old athlete.
This time, after her last victory, the Peruvian told Panam Sports that “all the rivals have been strong”. And she stated that “the strategy to follow was up to 20km and then increase. In the last five kilometers everything was defined, it was already worked on”.
Kimberly García gave an interview for ESPN
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Kimberly García after being crowned two-time world champion: “Sometimes an athlete must beg”
After her historic participation in the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, the Huancaine marcher was very critical of the support received by athletes.
Kimberly García: participation in world championships
The current two-time champion is part of the Peruvian delegation in Oregon along with seven other athletes and has seven years of experience in world competitions. Her debut was in Beijing 2015. After two years he participated in London 2017 and got seventh place.
In Doha 2019 could not run due to injuries and in Olympic Games Tokyo 2021 was limited due to an incorrect acclimatization process against the high temperatures of Japan.
Kimberly García: mother speaks after the success of the athlete
“As a mother, I feel very happy for Kimberly and we are going to receive her like a champion. She is a golden huancaína and an example for the youngest “said Gabriela León, the young woman’s mother.
She also said that Kimberly has been practicing this discipline since she was five years old and that the whole family supports and encourages her to achieve her goals. “I’m so excited. In the end I finished watching the competition on my phone because I was working, ”she added for Andina.
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Kimberly García: MIMP congratulates the champion
From the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations (MIMP) recognized the sacrifice of Kimberly García.
“Again, Kimberly García makes history, today he has won the second gold medal for Peru in a World Athletics Championship, by winning the 35 km race walk test at the Oregon 2022 World Championships in Athletics. All the glory, Kimberly!”reads the official Twitter account.
Kimberly García: this was the arrival at the finish line
Kimberly Garcia and her record
The renowned Peruvian athlete currently holds the national and South American record in Race Walking 35km since 2022.
Kimberly García: Why was the Peruvian about to retire last year?
The reasons that made the national athlete hesitate to continue her career were injuries. Weeks before the Lima 2019 Pan American Games, she suffered a severe knee injury. The doctors told her that it was impossible for her to make it to the competition, so she went into a deep depression. However, the specialist José Luis Ascuña gave him a special treatment that allowed him to reach the tournament.
However, despite fulfilling the dream of competing in front of all his compatriots, the pain of the injury played tricks on him and he could not get the gold medal. She lost first place to Colombian Sandra Arenas.
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The golden generation of Peruvian athletics
The Lima 2019 Pan American Games evidenced the high level of Peruvian athletes. Gladys Tejeda and Christian Pacheco recorded a double marathon win. As if that were not enough, both athletes broke the respective Pan American records in that edition.
Kimberly García had an outstanding participation in said contest. The walker herself reached the silver medal in the 20 km test.
Peruvians at the 2022 World Athletics Championships
Peru will have 11 representatives in three different disciplines: marathon, walk and long jump. Among the most outstanding athletes of the delegation are, in addition to García, Gladys Tejeda and Mary Luz Andia.
- Kimberly Garcia (35km-20km-walk)
- Evelyn Inga (35km-20km marcha)
- Law of War (20km-walk)
- Mariluz Andia (20km-march)
- Luis Henry Campos (35km-20km walk)
- Cesar Rodriguez (35km-20km walk)
- Gladys Tejeda (marathon)
- Jovana de la Cruz (marathon)
- Soledad Torre (marathon)
- Aydee Loayza (marathon)
- Jose Luis Mandros (long jump)
Peruvian achievements in other disciplines
- Peruvian women’s volleyball team (silver medal at the JJ. OO. Seoul 1988)
- Francisco Boza (silver medal shot at the JJ. OO. Los Angeles 1984)
- Juan Giha (silver medal shot at the JJ. OO. Barcelona 1992)
- Felipe Pomar (world surfing champion in 1965)
- Alejandro Olmedo* (first South American to win Wimbledon in 1968)
*Alejandro Olmedo was born in Arequipa, but became a US citizen and represented this country in the Davis Cup —a tournament he won in 1958—.
Kimberly García received recognition from Pedro Castillo
“I want to thank you for this award and recognition that one, as an athlete, will always motivate, but I also take advantage and ask to increase the budget for the support of all sports. Sport has the power to change the lives of children, young people and adolescents,” said the national athlete after winning two gold medals at the World Championships in Athletics.