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Brenda Eunice Flores Muñoz (born 4 September 1991) is a Mexican long-distance runner.[1] She was a double gold medallist for Mexico at the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games and a silver medallist at the 2015 Pan American Games. She represented the Americas at the 2014 IAAF Continental Cup.

Brenda Flores
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  Mexico
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 2015 Toronto 10,000 m
Silver medal – second place 2015 Toronto 5000 m
Central American and Caribbean Games
Gold medal – first place 2014 Veracruz 5000 m
Gold medal – first place 2014 Veracruz 10,000 m

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CareerEdit

Flores grew up in the State of Mexico near the Mexican capital. She was inspired to take up athletics after seeing Mexican Ana Guevara claim the 400 metres world title in 2003. Flores made her start over 800 metres, but gradually moved up in distance as she failed to progress at shorter ones. Becoming a long-distance runner, she began instead to look to Mexico's former New York Marathon champion Adriana Fernández as a role model.[2]

Flores claimed her first international medals at the 2013 Central American and Caribbean Championships in Athletics, held on home turf in Morelia, where she beat Pan American Games champion Adriana Muñoz to the 1500 metres gold medal and also claimed the 5000 metres silver medal behind her teammate Marisol Romero.[3]

She set several personal bests in the 2014, including a 5000 m run of 15:30.87 minutes as runner-up at the Mt. SAC Relays, a 10,000 metres time of 32:49.09 minutes to win at the Portland Track Festival and a 3000 metres best of 9:10.29 minutes at the Meeting de Atletismo Madrid.[4] Her native Mexico was the host of two major competitions that year and she won medals at both: she was the inaugural 5000 m champion at the Pan American Sports Festival and claimed a 5000 m/10,000 m long-distance double at the Central American and Caribbean Games, which included a games record in the shorter event.[5][6][7] She also gained her first global level call-up that year, representing the Americas at the 2014 IAAF Continental Cup, where she placed sixth in the 5000 m.[8]

Flores ran at the New York Half Marathon in March 2015 and although she set a new best of 73:54 minutes for the distance, this was only enough for 19th in the high calibre race. Returning to the track, she knocked over a minute off her 10,000 m at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational in May.[4] She reached another international podium at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, taking the 5000 m silver medal behind Brazil's Juliana Paula dos Santos.[9]

Personal bestsEdit

International competitionsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2013 Central American and Caribbean Championships Morelia, Mexico 1st 1500 m 4:27.55
2nd 5000 m 17:11.89
2014 Pan American Sports Festival Mexico City, Mexico 1st 5000 m 16:54.60
IAAF Continental Cup Marrakesh, Morocco 6th 5000 m 16:19.07
Central American and Caribbean Games Veracruz City, Mexico 1st 5000 m 16:02.64 GR
1st 10,000 m 35:54.44
2015 Pan American Games Toronto, Canada 2nd 5000 m 15:47.19
World Championships Beijing, China 14th 10,000 m 32:15.26
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 32nd 10,000 m 32:39.08
2017 Universiade Taipei, Taiwan 10,000 m DNF

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Brenda Eunice Flores Muñoz. Direct Athletics. Retrieved on 2015-07-21.
  2. ^ La Apuesta Paciente de Brenda Flores. La Aficion (2015-03-13). Retrieved on 2015-07-21.
  3. ^ XXIV CAMPEONATO CENTROAMERICANO Y DEL CARIBE. - 05/07/2013 to 07/07/2013 ATLETISMO MAYOR MORELIA, MICHOACAN Resultados. CACAC Athletics (archived). Retrieved on 2015-07-21.
  4. ^ a b Brenda Flores. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2015-07-21.
  5. ^ PANAMERICAN SPORTS FESTIVAL - 8/15/2014 to 8/16/2014 - ASSOCIATION OF PANAMERICAN ATHLETICS - Jesus "Palillo" Martinez Stadium- Mexico, MEX - Results. Association of Pan American Athletics. Retrieved on 2015-07-21.
  6. ^ Robinson, Javier Clavelo (2014-11-27). Moreno bids farewell on top, Silva over 4.60m at Central American and Caribbean Games. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-07-21.
  7. ^ Robinson, Javier Clavelo (2014-11-30). Ibarguen leaps 14.57m as Cuba dominates athletics at Central American and Caribbean Games. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-07-21.
  8. ^ Brenda Flores. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-07-21.
  9. ^ Diaz, Adriana (2015-07-21). Brenda Flores gana plata en 5 mil metros. El Universal. Retrieved on 2015-07-21.

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