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Diana Velasquez finishes 8th in Heat 1 of the Women’s K1 500 m canoe sprint at Pan American Games in Chile

Posted: Wednesday, November 1, 2023. 10:40 am CST.

Diana Velasquez training on Monday at Santiago 2023 – Photo Courtesy: Belize Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Belizean Diana Velasquez finished eighth in the Women’s K1 500m canoe sprint at the Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile early on Wednesday morning.

Velasquez was timed at two minutes, 42.77 seconds (2:42.77) in the K1 500m sprint at the Laguna Grande San Pedro de la Paz venue.

She was 46.71 seconds behind Heat 1 winner Mexican Beatriz Briones Clock who clocked 1:56.06. American Kali Wilding who finished second in 1:57.28 qualified along with Briones to the next round.

Velasquez also competed against athletes from Chile, Venezuela, and Peru.

Velasquez will team up with Avis Guydis in Heat 1 of the Women’s K2 500m at 6:45 am on Thursday, November 2.

Diana Velasquez (front) & Avis Guydis (back) training in Chile – (Photo Courtesy: Belize Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association)

The other Belizean canoeist, Amado Cruz will compete in the Men’s K1 1000m on Thursday, November 2. Cruz participates in Heat 1 on at 6:00 am at the Laguna Grande San Pedro de la Paz venue.

Amado Cruz training in Chile – (Photo Courtesy: Belize Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association)

 

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