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Sports community remembers and recognizes the historic walker

April del Rio

La Jornada newspaper
Saturday, November 21, 2020, p. 9

The Mexican sports community mourned the departure of Ernesto Canto, one of its glories, who was remembered by colleagues, leaders and the new generations of athletes.

My little brother went to Olympus, exclaimed Martín Bermúdez, who did not detach himself from his partner and friend from the years as national teams until the last hours in the hospital.

“The Mexican Olympic family mourns the death of Ernesto Canto, member of the COM Executive Committee and an icon of the world march; he won everything and was consecrated with the gold obtained in the 20 kilometers of the JO Los Angeles 84.

We wish your loved ones prompt resignation. RIP, posted at an early hour the Mexican Olympic Committee as confirmation of the fatal outcome.

Carlos Padilla Becerra, president of the COM, personally expressed his regret for the death of one of the best representatives of the national sport. “I deeply regret the loss of our Olympic champion Ernesto Canto Gudiño, who put Mexico to the top of the podium at Los Angeles 84 and leaves a great legacy in the Olympic family. I accompany his children, family and friends in their pain, wishing them prompt resignation.

Mexico loses one of its great exponents of universal sport. His successful career gave luster and glory to our sport. We send a solidarity hug to their relatives.

Raúl González, the other great reference in those 1984 Olympic Games, recalled the partner with whom he came to raise natural rivalry.

The legacy that many athletes leave is having reached the highest level and it is the struggle of yes, we can, of work and determination, said González, prior to the ceremony of the 2020 National Sports Award, yesterday at Campo Marte, Other former marchers such as Bermúdez, Joel Sánchez and Carlos Mercenario attended.

He was a partner of many years of work, sports struggles and that unfortunately passed away. We were protagonists of the march and Mexican sports. That 1-2 I remember like yesterday and without a doubt it is one of the most beautiful moments that I keep and that I shared with him, recalled González, who crossed the finish line in second place behind Canto in the 20 kilometers from Los Angeles 84, where the Regiomontano took gold in the 50s.

Daniel Aceves, president of the Mexican Olympic Medalists, praised Canto as one of the icons of Mexican sport. It is a sensitive, historical loss, one of the most successful men in sports in our country and one of the historical ones of the walk along with Raúl González, Daniel Bautista, Noé Hernández, Joel Sánchez, from the Jerzy Hausleber school, who was born with Jose Pedraza.

A large number of colleagues joined the grief on social networks, among them Fernando Platas, a former diver: With great sadness we dismissed the friend. Champion always! And if there is something that I appreciate, it was his human quality. Ricardo del Real, former taekwondo player: You were a great reference in Mexican sports. That you cross the goal with that gallantry. Rest in peace, friend.