Ana Guevara

Ana Guevara

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Ana Guevara
Height 5'8" (173 cm)
Weight 134 lbs (61 kg)
Nationality Mexico
PR 400m - 48.89 (2003)
Born March 4, 1977 at Nogales, Sonora, Mexico

Ana Gabriela Guevara Espinoza (1977-) is a now-retired Mexican sprinter, specialized in the 400 meters. Her track career started in 1996. In 1998, she won two silver medals in the Central American and Caribbean Games in the distances of 400 and 800 meters.

She won a gold medal in the 400m at the 1999 Pan American Games. A year later, she qualified to the 2000 Summer Olympics going to the 400m finals, finishing with a reasonable 5th place with a time of 49.96 seconds. (After that race, she won 28 consecutive international races before a second-place finish in Rome in July 2004).

At the 2001 World Championships in Athletics, Guevara made the finals in the 400m. She came off the last turn leading the race with about 105m to go. But she was passed by Amy Mbacke Thiam from Senegal and Lorraine Fenton from Jamaica with no more than 20 meters to go. Guevara won the bronze medal posting a season best with a time of 49.97 seconds.

In 2003, she defended her title in the 400m at the 2003 Pan American Games winning the gold medal. Later, on August 27, 2003, in Paris, France, she won the International Association of Athletics Federations' Golden League in the women's 400m. She set a personal record, a national record, and a world leading time, running away from the field in 48.89 seconds.

Guevara was selected to be the Mexican flag bearer at the 2004 Summer Olympics where she ran the 400 meters and won a silver medal.

A year later, at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics, she won the bronze medal in the 400 meters with a time of 49.81 seconds, despite the heavy rainfall.

In 2007, for the third consecutive time, she won the gold medal in the 400m at the 2007 Pan American Games. In addition, she led Mexico's 4x400m relay team to a second place finish. About a month later, at age of 30, Guevara participated in her fourth World Championships in Athletics in Osaka. She finished in fourth place with a time of 50.16 seconds, a season best.

On January 16 2008, she announced her definitive retirement from all competitions due to conflicts with Mariano Lara, the then president of the Mexican Athletics Federation. She said finally: "My retirement from sport in Mexico is now definitive, I contemplated the possibility of participating independently at the Olympic Games but my illusion was to participate for my country..."

In 2009 she entered politics, standing as the PRD candidate for the Delegation of Miguel Hidalgo in Mexico City.

Personal bests

Date Event Venue Time
2003 300 m Mexico 35.30 WR
2003 400 m Paris, France 48.89 NR
2000 4x400 m El Salvador 3:31.24 NR
1998 800 m Venezuela 2:01.12

External links

Template:Footer IAAF World Cup Champions 400m Women