Amanda Cerna: "Gold would be a dream"

The Paralympic sprinter prepares for the Tokyo 2020 Games and the Santiago 2023 Parapan American Games.

he does not know of impediments. She premiered at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, achieved two
gold and one silver medals at the 2017 World Junior Athletics Championships in Switzerland and a silver
medal at the Lima 2019 Pan-American Games.
These days the athlete is with the London 2012 Paralympic gold medalist Cristian Valenzuela in the
United Arab Emirates for her first official competition after being almost a year without activity due to
the pandemic. "Dubai has treated us super well, the heat has been pleasant so the training sessions
have also gone well together with my teammates, it has been a strong team with a lot of camaraderie,
where we have supported each other, we have helped each other to complete difficult training
sessions" Cerna explained in an interview with radio ADN.
Regarding this Grand Prix, she assured that “we are at full capacity, everyone feeling better, training
better and much more rested. So we are super happy and confident of what we can achieve. " The
competition will have a wide participation of athletes from various countries which would make it more
competitive and challenging.
After this first tournament in the Middle East, the goal will be Tokyo 2020. The sprinter already has the
minimum marks in 200 and 400 meters but the idea from here to the appointment is to position herself
better in the ranking. “The second requirement for the Games is to be within the top 10 in the world
ranking, and I am sixth. So the more I can reduce this number, the better for me, so I can be more
confident. Now that is the objective, in addition to giving everything to represent the country in the best
way", she said.
She also spoke with ADN Deportes about how she sees the option of participating in Santiago 2023: “We
all have it in our sights, we are thinking about it, although there is a little more than two years left. I feel
like it's going to be like a dream, competing at home, with the public supporting you and with the whole
family present is going to be wonderful. There will be a different energy, everything will be in favor.
Reaching the top of the podium at those Parapan American Games would be a dream. Singing the
national anthem, receiving the medal and seeing my family in the audience would be very nice and I am training to achieve this" Amanda concluded.

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