The Eguía Brothers Shine at Nationals CONADE 2024

José Roberto Eguía Alcázar and his younger brother Cristian Guillermo both won gold medals in the K1-200 meters at the Nationals CONADE 2024, marking an emotional farewell for José Roberto after a decade of competition.

The Eguía Brothers Shine at Nationals CONADE 2024
The Eguía brothers, José Roberto and Cristian Guillermo, both win gold in the K1-200 meters, celebrating their family's legacy. Credit: CONADE

José Roberto Eguía Alcázar, gold medalist of the Junior Pan American Games Cali-Valle 2021, lived an emotional day this Sunday, when he said goodbye to the Nationals CONADE 2024, as champion in the final of K1-200 meters, category 19–23 years old, while his younger brother, Cristian Guillermo was crowned in the same event, in the category 17–18 years old.

"I feel very happy with my performance, with these medals, I got two golds in these CONADE Nationals, in the K1-200 meters and in the K4-500, I am with mixed feelings, because I have been competing in Nationals for 10 years and with these last two gold medals, my participation culminates," said Roberto Eguía, from Nuevo León.

"I leave very happy, satisfied, proud of myself, of my team and also of my brother, who was able to proclaim himself national champion, also in K1-200 meters, which is one of my favorites and, so to speak, I am taking over the baton in these Nationals. I am leaving with 16 gold medals from all the Nationals I have participated in, five or six silver medals and one bronze medal", highlighted the 23-year-old kayaker.

For his part, Cristian Eguía said: "I am very happy to have won my first gold medal in K1-200, in the four years I have participated I had not been able to achieve, today I finally got it, and it gives me great joy that I did it as my brother and in his favorite distance, I could win the gold and say goodbye to my brother in a very good way".

The 17-year-old kayaker, who trains in Nuevo León under the guidance of Jesús Néstor Valdés, welcomed the challenge of remaining champion of this event.

"As my brother says, I grab the spot for the 200 meters, and I'm going to defend it tooth and nail, I will be there in every competition fighting. I want to thank Roberto for all these years of having accompanied me since I was starting in the discipline, every tug of the ear, every advice he gave me, was something that nourished my sporting life and my personal life".

Supporting the brothers were their parents, José Roberto Eguía Esquivel and Josefina Alcázar Colunga, who happily witnessed their children's triumph.