Divers Rommel Pacheco Marrufo and Viviana del Ángel Peniche have earned Mexico’s first medal at the 17th annual World Aquatics Championships currently under way in the cities of Budapest and Balatonfüred, Hungary.
Pacheco and del Ángel participated in the mixed combined three and 10-meter team event, where they came in second place behind the French team.
“We’re very happy to win the first medal for Mexico, happy to be a team, this is the first time Viviana and I have done it,” Pacheco told the newspaper El Economista.
The win “is my birthday present,” added Pacheco, who turned 31 last week.
Pacheco’s and del Ángel’s silver is the 15th medal Mexico has won in the history of Fina, or International Swimming Federation. Over the years, Mexico has accumulated one gold medal, five silver and nine bronze.
The swimming competitions continue today with the participation of Pacheco and fellow diver Jahir Ocampo Marroquín in the three-meter singles springboard event. Pacheco placed third in the semifinals, while Ocampo was 11th among 16 divers.
The championships began July 14 and finish July 30.
Source: El Economista (sp)