By: Luis Imana
Regarded as one of the elite marathoners at the South American level, Cristhian Pacheco made history again after breaking the national marathon record and finishing 11th in the marathon Zurich Seville Marathon.
With a time of 2 hours 7 minutes and 38 seconds, the Peruvian runner took the national record in the men’s category, beating his previous record of 2 hours 9 minutes and 9 seconds, set at the Lima 42K Marathon in 2022.
With this triumph, the athlete from Huancayo secured his qualification for the Olympic Games Paris 2024 and is one of the first athletes to join the delegation that will represent Peru. Likewise, this result earned him a pass to the IAAF World Championships in Budapest and the Pan American Games in Santiago 2023.
“My goal for this race was to break the national record again and qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympics. I’m happy to have achieved it and to see the results of so much effort. I continue with the same enthusiasm and desire to do my best to represent my country in the following competitions,” explained Pacheco.
Cristhian follows suit with this win Gladys Tejedathe first member of the Peruvian delegation to receive his Paris 2024 passport.
The classification for the next Olympic Games was open since November 1 and the minimum times for the marathon were set at 2 hours 8 minutes and 10 seconds for men and 2 hours 26 minutes and 50 seconds for women.
As a reminder, Pacheco, who will be taking part in the Olympic Games for the third time, is one of the three best active marathon runners in the Americas, along with Galen Rupp from the USA and Daniel Do Nascimento from Brazil.
Did you know …
Accompanied. Pacheco wasn’t the only Peruvian at the Zurich marathon. Louis Ostos He placed 50th, Wily Canchanya 53rd, Ulises Ambrosio 68th and Ferdinand Pacheco 192nd.