Photo: Guillermo Perez and his gold medal at the Beijing Olympics
The Mexican athletes competing in the Summer Olympics have the potential to make a good showing, 2012 London Olympics delegation head and Mexican Olympic Committee member Jaime Cadaval said.
“Mexico is on the right track, this generation will satisfy the country and we should be proud of them,” Cadaval told Efe at the end of a London 2012 team management meeting.
Mexico won two gold medals in taekwondo at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, thanks to the performances of Maria Espinoza and Guillermo Perez, as well as a bronze that went to Paola Espinosa and Tatiana Ortiz in 10-meter synchronized platform diving.
Cadaval, however, refuses to make a medal projection even though Mexico now has world-class athletes.
“The idea is to improve the personal marks and make the largest number of finals possible, but we have not yet done an analysis to forecast whether we can reach 20 finalists,” the London Olympics delegation chief said.
In addition to taekwondo and diving, Mexico has its best chances of doing well in racewalking, boxing and archery, but weight lifting could provide some surprises, Cadaval said.
“Sports are making progress in Mexico. We are seeing some results (in international competitions) and also in the mentality. We are qualifying in sports that we were not strong in,” the Mexican Olympics official said.
Mexico has won 55 Olympic medals - 12 golds, 18 silvers and 25 bronzes - since making its debut at the 1900 Paris Games.
The country expects to field a team of more than 100 athletes for the Summer Olympics.
Although Mexican Olympic Committee and National Sports Commission officials have refused to make medal projections, they acknowledge that the country should make about 15 finals, with some medal possibilities.
Olympic taekwondo champ Maria Espinoza and Paola Espinosa, who won a gold at the 2009 World Diving Championships, have already confirmed that they plan to compete in London.
Mexico, in addition to the sports cited by Cadaval, has a shot at doing well in soccer, thanks to a team made mostly of professionals younger than 23 and three high-quality older players.