Photo: Olympian Noe Hernandez Shot
Mexican Olympic medalist Noe Hernandez said Wednesday that the gunshot wound to the head he suffered at a nightclub late last month was not accidental.
“They wanted to attack me or something like that because the shot was almost, almost planned,” Hernandez told Televisa’s Primero Noticias morning news show about the Dec. 30 attack at a metropolitan Mexico City bar that also left two dead and one other person wounded.
Hernandez lost his left eye and nearly all vision in his right eye in the attack and underwent reconstructive surgery in which surgeons inserted seven metal plates into his head.
The former track athlete, a silver medalist at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, said the assailants directly threatened him because “when they put a gun to your head they want to kill someone.”
Hernandez told Televisa that he felt watched and that he believes the attackers did not come upon him by chance at the bar on the outskirts of the Mexican capital.
The former race walker said he has lost all sight in his left eye and has just minimal vision in his right eye that allows him to see shadows and shapes.
The 34-year-old, a sports official in the Mexico City metropolitan area, said he recalls that he went alone to the bar but cannot remember any other details of the attack.
Hernandez finished second to Poland’s Robert Korzeniowski in the 20-kilometer race walk in Sydney and recorded his personal-best time of 1:18:14 in that same event at the 2003 IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Saint-Denis, France.