Photo: Madai Perez
Mexico’s Madai Perez, the fastest female marathon runner in the history of Latin America, has recovered from the injury that prevented her from competing in the London Olympics and will be back on track for the Cancun Half Marathon on Dec. 9, the athlete said.
Meanwhile German Silva, coach of the 2011 Pan American Games silver medalist, told Efe that Madai “is now in good health” and will return to run a marathon “next April in fast company that could be in London, Rotterdam or Paris.”
“We have another possibility in Boston, but the weather there is very unpredictable,” he said.
Madai, 32, has a personal marathon record of 2:22:59, the fastest ever run by a female athlete from Latin America, but in recent years she has not approached that mark.
The reason, according to German, is that she has not been competing in marathons under ideal conditions, but is now training intensely and could again compete with the best of them.
“Next year we’ll run a marathon in April and we’re interested in the 2013 World Championships in Athletics in Russia. Later we’ll take it step by step,” Silva, winner of the New York City Marathon in 1994 and 1995, said.
About chances that the athlete will be able to stay active until the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro when she will have turned 36, he said she would be in condition to do so, but it remains to be seen if continuing for another four years fits in with her personal plans.
Madai headed the Mexican women’s marathon team in London that also included Marisol Gonzalez and Karina Perez, but a few days before the race she decided not to compete due to a foot pain, from which she has now recovered.
Though she is coached by Silva, the athlete trains with her husband, Odilon Cuautle, who has a personal record of 2:15:34 in the marathon.