Author: Lima 2019 press release Lima, 3 August 2019


The team, led by Kimberly García from Huancayo and already qualified for Tokyo 2020, is ready for the race walking competition tomorrow. The event will start at Parque Kennedy. Entrance is free.

Kimberly García
Foto: Depor

Aiming for a new gold medal at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games, the race walking women’s delegation led by Kimberly Garcia will try to make it to the top of the podium in the 20 km event. This discipline is considered one of the hardest in athletics.    

A victory by Garcia would add up to the gold medals earned by Peruvian athletes Gladys Tejeda and Christian Pacheco in the marathon event held last Saturday, July 27, where two new Pan American records were set. Such an outcome would place Peru at the top of this sport in the Americas, leaving a remarkable record in the history of the most important multi-sports event in the Americas. 

It should be noted that the Peruvian race-walker won the gold medal in the Pan American Race Walking Cup held in Mexico last April. In this international competition, she surpassed the record of 1 hour and 31 minutes, securing qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 

Apart from García, the Peruvian women's team will also include Mary Luz Andía, also qualified for next year's Olympic Games. José Carlos Mamani will represent Peru in the men's 20 km event.  

The race will start at Parque Kennedy, to continue along Av. José Larco as far as Calle Tarata, and will return the same direction up to Óvalo de Miraflores.