Friday 9 December 2022

Noelia Vargas closed the participation of Costa Rica in the Olympic Games

Noelia Vargas made a great effort and remained in the group of favorites until the middle of the race.

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QCOSTARICA – With good performance, Costa Rica’s Noelia Vargas finished in 21st place of the women’s 20 kilometers race walk event at the Tokyo Olympics.

Noelia Vargas, (left in blue) made a great effort and remained in the group of favorites until the middle of the race. (AFP)

The Tica set a time of 1:35:07 at the Sapporo circuit, 831 kilometers from Tokyo.

In comparison, her qualification time was 1:30:43, obtained in a competition held in La Coruña, Spain, on June 5.

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Noelia’s 21st place, among 53 participants who finished the race, is commendable. She was the fifth Latin American and the first Central American by beating the two competitors from Guatemala.

Vargas, who faced a very strong challenge complicated by a high temperature, closed Costa Rica’s participation in the Olympic Games, which, in general terms, left a good taste in the mouth.

Italy’s Antonella Palmisano, won the race with a time of 1:29:12

The victory went to the Italian, Antonella Palmisano, with a time of 1:29:12, with Sandra Lorena Arenas of Colombia finishing 25 seconds later in 1:29:37 to take silver and Liu Hong of China earning bronze with 1:29:57.

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