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Former world champion Guevara retires

17 January 2008
www.world-track.org

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Mexican former world 400-metre champion Ana Guevara, one of country’s most celebrated sports figures, has announced her retirement, saying she was tired of corruption and cronyism in Mexican athletics.

The 30-year-old Guevara, who won the 400m at the 2003 world championships, the silver at the Athens Olympics and is a three-time Pan Am Games champion, often celebrated her victories by carrying the Mexican flag high above her head. But she said she could no longer compete for her country after an 11-year career.

“I thought about running independently, but my dream was always to run for Mexico,” Guevara said.

Guevara said six months ago that she wouldn’t go to the Beijing Olympics later this year unless Mexican athletics federation president Mariano Lara, who is being investigated for alleged mismanagement of funds, resigned.

“Six months after starting all this, things are the same,” she said. “I can’t be a part of this delegation and be true to my beliefs.”



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