Antonia Abraham: "We are very motivated working and thinking about Tokyo"

Antonia Abraham, Chilean rower originally from San Pedro de la Paz, Concepción and winner of innumerable international titles such as the South American Games of 2018 and the Bolivarian Games of 2017, tells us what it's like to train in the middle of a pandemic for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualifying competitions.

In addition, in the context of the anniversary of Lima 2019, she remembers her successful passage through the last Pan American Games, where she obtained two gold medals.

What memories do you have of your gold medals at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games?

I have super cute memories, very exciting. The two long row competition was a race we mastered from start to finish. Sharing this gold with my sister was super exciting. In the quadruple competition, I remember that we left the hotel with that "desire to win". The regatta was intense and disputed with Cuba, but in the last 500 meters we already demonstrated the work we had been doing for seven months. I remember that we worked so hard that we just wanted to compete and when we got the two gold medals we felt a sense of relief.

How is your pandemic training going? Has it been very difficult?

Despite everything, we have adapted very well. We have a rowing ergometer, which works as a water simulator and we work very hard on that machine. We also went to Concepción for five weeks with our weights and clothing and we were able to train super well. Now that we are back in Curauma, we are rowing a lot, working hard, so we haven't lost much of our physical ability.

What are your next challenges?

Qualifying for Tokyo 2020 is the priority. Qualifying competitions will take place on May 22 next year, so we have only a few months to prepare. Anyway, we see the positive side of everything, so we are very motivated working and thinking about Tokyo.

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