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Peru's Espinoza named top female Para athlete of the Americas

12:40 | Lima, Feb. 4.

Peruvian taekwondist Angelica Espinoza was named the top female athlete at the "Americas Athlete of 2019" awards, according to the results announced Tuesday by the Americas Paralympic Committee (APC).

It is worth noting that Espinoza carried the Peruvian flag at Lima 2019 Parapan American Games opening ceremony and won the gold medal in Para Taekwondo.
 
In the general vote, the Peruvian representative was placed second with 20% of the votes. 

 
For his part, Mexican swimmer Diego Lopez —who won five gold medals at Lima 2019 Parapan American Games and four world titles in London— finished third with 9%.
 
Among the nominees for this recognition were: Erica Castaño (Colombia), Francisca Mardones (Chile), Gustavo Fernandez (Argentina), Herbert Aceituno (El Salvador), Oksana Masters (U.S.), Omara Durand (Cuba), and Petrucio Ferreira (Brazil).

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The APC annually honors the best athletes for their outstanding sporting achievements throughout the previous 12 months. 

The award was named after the APC Founding President, pioneer, and driving force behind the development of the Paralympic Movement in the Americas for 20 years.
 
It should be noted that Mexican powerlifter Jose de Jesus Castillo Castillo won the first two editions in 2017 and 2018.
 
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Published: 2/4/2020
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