Alegna González Kicks Off Olympic Campaign with Strong Finish

Mexican walker Alegna González kicked off her 2024 Olympic campaign with a 4th place finish in the Czech Republic, securing her Paris qualification. She now eyes a second Olympic ticket in the mixed relay.

Alegna González Kicks Off Olympic Campaign with Strong Finish
Alegna González's journey to Paris 2024 begins with a strong performance in the Czech Republic. Credit: CONADE

The Olympic walker in Tokyo 2020, Alegna Aryday González Muñoz, began her 2024 season this Saturday in the 20 kilometer women's walk at the Podebrady international competition in the Czech Republic, where she finished in fourth place in the event.

The Chihuahua athlete was close to the podium after clocking a time of 1:28:04, which allowed her to ratify her minimum qualification mark for Paris 2024, in a competition that saw the Peruvian Kimberly García crowned with 1:27:08, while the Ecuadorian Glenda Morejón (1:27:21) and Italian Antonella Palmisano (1:27:27) completed the podium.

Now Alegna González is looking for her second Olympic ticket in the mixed relay modality alongside Ever Palma, a goal for which they will compete in the World Team Walking Championships on April 21 in Antalya, Turkey.

In Podebrady, the Mexicans Karla Ximena Serrano Olivares (1:33:08), Sofía Ramos Rodríguez (1:37:54) and Alejandra Ortega Solís (1:37:54) finished the test in positions 18 and 30, respectively.

In the men's 20-kilometer race, José Luis Doctor Morales and Noel Alí Chama Almazán were among the best 15 competitors in the competition after finishing in eighth and 12th place with times of 1:21:11 and 1:22:32; Both already have their minimum Olympic qualification mark, while Ricardo Ortiz Rivera clocked 1:23:49, a time that placed him in 22nd position, so he continues in his process to achieve the qualification mark requested by World Athletics (1:20:10) heading to Paris 2024.