The Mexican Maria del Rosario EspinozaOlympic Taekwondo champion in Beijing 2008, He announced his retirement from the sport this Saturday. in a ceremony held in coincidence with the Guadalajara World Championships.
“This sport left me great moments and everything was always positive. Today I announce my retirementsaid the athlete, a few days after becoming a mother.
The Mexican affirmed that it was an honor to have represented Mexico and assured that its place does not remain empty, but passes the baton to large competitorswho have shown the level of the country in taekwondo in this year’s World Cups.
Espinoza is the most successful woman in the Mexican Olympic sport with the gold medal in +67 kilos in Beijing 2008, the bronze in London 2012 and the silver in Rio de Janeiro 2016, in addition to the world title in Beijing 2007, the subtitle in Manchester 2019 and the bronze in Muju 2017.
In addition, in Pan American Games won gold in Rio de Janeiro 2007 and silver in Toronto 2015 and in the Central American and Caribbean countries, it reigned in Mayagüez 2010 and Veracruz 2014.
María Espinoza has been one of the athletes with the most stable performance in Mexico, who obtained their best results in the highest level competitions.
Renowned for her strong mentality, María received an award this Saturday from the hands of the Olympic runner-up in athletics in Athens 2004, Ana Gabriela Guevara, National Director of the National Commission for Physical Culture and Sports in Mexico, who He recalled the quality of the fighter and highlighted the legacy she leaves behind.
“It is an honor for all Mexicans to recognize the triple medal winner for Mexico in Olympic Games. María Espinoza is an example for all Mexicans, she leaves a great legacy for Mexican sports, “said Guevara.
In a statement posted on his account Twitter, Espinoza assured that he will soon give news about his upcoming projects: “Taekwondo will continue to be an essential part of my life but from another place. Soon I will share new challenges that I am working on and they fill me with emotion and inspiration”.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you very much Taekwondo, thank you very much Mexico. ⁰⁰María del Rosario Espinoza⁰Triple Olympic and World Medalist pic.twitter.com/WDg0eRtxD1
— Maria Espinoza (@mariespinozatkd) November 20, 2022
(With information from EFE Y Aristegui News)