Cárdenas Rifka Wins 100m Dash with Dad as Coach

Armando Cárdenas, son of a track legend, wins gold at Nationals. Trained by his father, he balances family legacy with his own goals. The newly revamped track sparks memories for his coach and fuels dreams of international competition for Armando.

Cárdenas Rifka Wins 100m Dash with Dad as Coach
Alejandro Cárdenas Rifka crosses the finish line first in the 100-meter dash final. Credit: CONADE

Having my father as a coach is wonderful, said Armando Alejandro Cárdenas Rikfa, a member of the Veracruz delegation, winner of the gold medal in the 100-meter dash event, marked on the CODE Revolución track, within the framework of the second day athletics corresponding to the 20-23 category.

Son of sports figures Alejandro Cárdenas Robles and Romary Rifka, the medalist has managed to forge his own path and after a year of absence he returned to the CONADE Nationals, to become champion with a time of 10.77 seconds.

The Veracruz native ran the semifinal test, hours later he crowned his effort by crossing the finish line in first position followed by Clifford Gardner from Chihuahua with 10.83 and Kevin Emilian Jasso from Baja California with 10.89.

Alejandro Cárdenas reappeared in the 2024 edition of the CONADE Nationals, “I felt very good both in the semifinal where I did not wait for the mark of 10.77 — which he recorded he repeated in the final — and I am very happy to win the gold.”

The medalist who trains in Boca del Río, Veracruz added that his father trains him and always advises me to “enjoy the process and that is what I do in each of the races, it is wonderful as a father and as a coach.”

For his part, Alejandro Cárdenas Sr. highlighted the characteristics of the athlete "he does it with great affection, the whole family participates, his mother, his sister, we thoroughly enjoy his participation."

He recalled that on the newly remodeled track “I ran my first 400 meters many years ago, it is spectacular, I was pleased to see the change, it is the fastest track in Mexico.”

"I take care of him, I take care of him, he has very fixed sporting goals and will soon travel abroad, we have to look for a system of high-level competitions, he wants to follow in his sister's footsteps, and we must support him," concluded the Central American and Pan American medalist.