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Diana Velasquez, Avis Guydis to compete in Final B in Women’s K2 500m canoe sprint at Pan American Games in Chile

Posted: Thursday, November 2, 2023. 12:19 pm CST.

Diana Velasquez (front) and Avis Guydis (back) training on Monday at Santiago 2023 – Photo Courtesy: Belize Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Belizeans Diana Velasquez and Avis Guydis will compete in the Final B of the Women’s K2 500m canoe sprint at Laguna Grande San Pedro de la Paz at the Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile on Saturday.

Velasquez and Guydis finished fifth in Heat 1 held at 6:45 am on Thursday clocking two minutes, 43.71 seconds (2:43.71). Cubans Dayen Rodríguez and Yurieni Guerra won the heat in 1:45.51, 58.20 seconds faster.

That race qualified Velasquez and Guydis for the Semifinals; the top two went directly to the Finals.

In the Semifinals held at 8:55 am on Thursday as well, Velasquez and Guydis finished sixth in 2:43:06, 0.65 of a second faster than in the first race. They were 51.13 seconds behind winners Diexe Molina and Tatiana Muñoz of Colombia, who were timed at 1:50.93.

The Top four qualified to the Final A while the fifth and sixth place finishers (Belizeans and Peruvians) will meet in the Final B.

In the Semifinals, Velasquez and Guydis trailed Peruvians Kyara Vargas and Diana Gomringer (2:43.06) by 24.47 seconds. In the first round, the Peruvians were fifth of five in Heat 2.

The Final B is scheduled for Saturday at 6:50 am.

Velasquez is also competing in the Women’s K1 500m Final B on Friday at 6:00 am. In that race, she will also meet Vargas.


Images courtesy Santiago 2023



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