Costa Rican athlete Andrea Vargas made her dream come true and made the country proud by winning the gold medal in the 100-meter hurdle competition at the Pan-American Games that are taking place in Lima, Perú.
The 21-year-old, who has a 4 year-old daughter, and is a native of the city of Puriscal, trains daily under the direction of her mother.
Vargas stopped the clock at 12.82, runner up was Chanel Brisett from the United States who marked 12.99, while Jamaican Krystina Simmonds came in third at 13.01.
Vargas had classified to the final with the fourth best time, 12.75, her best record so far and establishing a national and Central American record which classified her to the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020.
“I never though I could win the medal, I dreamt it, I tried to do my best. I came here to classify for the final, but I never thought I could win the medal. All I though about was the sacrifices I have made”, commented the athlete.
Vargas had taken bronze in the 100 meter-hurdles competition at the North American, Central American and Caribbean Track & Field Championship celebrated in Toronto, Canada back in August 2018, and the gold medal in Barranquilla, Colombia during the Central American and Caribbean Games in July 2018.
Vargas made history for Costa Rica and is now the third Costa Rican to win a gold medal in the Pan-American Games, before her were Sylvia Poll (swimmer) in 1987 and Nery Brenes in 2011 (400-meters)