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  • Karla Jaramillo is now eligible to participate in Japan’s Tokyo 2020, Doha-Qatar 2019 World Championship, and the Pan American Games in Lima.

    Karla Jaramillo is now eligible to participate in Japan’s Tokyo 2020, Doha-Qatar 2019 World Championship, and the Pan American Games in Lima. | Photo: Twitter: Lenin Moreno

Published 25 May 2019

Jaramillo won the South American Athletics Championship in 1:30:52- a new national and South American record.

Ecuadorean athlete Karla Jaramillo broke records Saturday as South America’s fastest speed walker after taking first place in an international two-kilometer race in Lima, Peru.

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Jaramillo shined during this year’s South American Athletics Championship, winning a gold medal for her native country and completing the race in one hour and 30 minutes with 52 seconds. a new national and South American record.

"I am very happy and grateful to God, my family and my trainer Giovan Delgado to achieve this triumph. The medal is dedicated to my son Mael, who is the engine of my life, " said Jaramillo.

Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno lauded the speed walker on her success through his social media account, tweeting: “Overjoyed with happiness ... Congratulations!”

Jaramillo is now eligible to participate in Japan’s Tokyo 2020, Doha-Qatar 2019 World Championship, and the Pan American Games in Lima — which she says she plans to debut next.

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