Mariana Pajon, the queen of BMX, arrived in Rio de Janeiro to win his second Olympic medal and continue putting up the name of their country. And he got it. It is now the best Olympian in the history of Colombia.
The 24-year-old athlete, born in Medellin, Colombia, is one of the gladiators who participated in the 2016 Summer Olympics in the discipline of BMX, an extreme sport that meets only its third year in the Olympic fair -for was included as an Olympic sport only since 2008 and in which the Colombian had already put his mark since its first participation in London 2012 with a historic gold.
And this Friday, Pajón confirmed that it is the queen of the sport. During all tests, all qualifying races, it was the first. From beginning to end. In the end, only he materialized what a whole country expected. Gold was the best, without question, with a time of 34.09 seconds.
At the end of the race, Pajon repeated what he had said during his presence in Rio: he felt at home, very confident. “I felt at home, he had displayed on the podium. I worked very hard for this and we are here,” he told the Colombian press after his victory.
With Mariana, Colombia joined third gold medal in Rio 2016 and the fifth in its history.
Despite his Olympic glory, to be the most important Olympian of Colombia, Pajón keeps feet on the ground, on his bicycle, and celebrated with a country that has learned to count their triumphs.
Colombian journalists told him you are the most important Olympic athlete in history in Colombia. “No, I’m not the most important, I am an also did his best here, have given me all the best.” It has you been in history, they said. And she, wise, proud, said: “It has become Colombia in history”.
“I’ll keep making history. I’m going for more.”