Central American Games: Puerto Rican Héctor Pagán wins gold in the 5,000 meters

The Puerto Rican athlete Héctor Pagán, champion of the 5,000 meters of the 2021 Junior Pan American Games, was crowned this Tuesday champion of this test in the Central American and Caribbean Games of San Salvador and Santo Domingo by winning the sprint in the last 200 meters.

Pagán, 21, beat the Mexican Diego García, who was silver and arrived 3.95 seconds later, and the Colombian Carlos Sanmartín, bronze by finishing 6.91 seconds behind the champion, at the National Jorge Stadium with a time of 14:07.17. Magical” Gonzalez.

I started reserved, I didn’t want to push the group, I wanted to make the race more interesting, find a way to feel more comfortable, I wanted to do the race to my liking and it turned out the way I wanted,” the Puerto Rican told EFE.

The group remained compact for a good part of the test and the first to be left behind, with four laps to go, it was the Costa Rican Daniel Johanning.

In the last round, the fight for gold was between the three medalists and the one who had the most background was the Puerto Rican.

Pagán was precisely the youngest in the competition and today, in his debut in some Central American and Caribbean games, he achieved an outstanding victory that confirms that his “transition” to senior athletics is being goodtaking into account the rivals he beat in San Salvador.

On the other hand, in this test the Guatemalan Mario Pacay came in fourth place, in which the Venezuelan Marvin Blanco also participated.

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