- Ernesto Canto, olympic marcher and gold medalist in Los Angeles 1984, dies at 61
- The Mexican athlete lost the battle against cancer
- “He put Mexico at the top of the podium in Los Angeles 1984 and leaves a great legacy in the Olympic Family”
Ernesto Canto passes away. The world of sports is in mourning since this Friday he died at 61 years of age the athlete Ernesto Canto, who put Mexico at the top of the podium at the 1984 Olympics.
The medalist was another cancer victim, the Mexican Olympic Committee reported the death of the Olympic athlete who was the only one to win everything in his sport, the walk, according to the portal of Herald of Mexico.
A few months ago liver and pancreatic cancer was detected, and the Mexican athlete assumed with the same courage of his golden times, and faced the disease without any fear.
“The Mexican Olympic family mourns the death of Ernesto Canto, member of the Executive Committee of the Mexican Olympic Committee, an icon of the world march; he won everything ”, mentioned the Olympic Committee of Mexico (COM) in his Twitter account.
“I deeply regret the loss of our Olympic champion @ErnestoCantoG, who put Mexico at the top of the podium in # LosAngeles84 and leaves a great legacy in the #FamilyOllympic. I accompany his children, family and friends in their pain, wishing them prompt resignation. RIP, ”wrote Carlos Padilla, the head of the COM.
WHO WAS ERNESTO CANTO?
The Mexican marcher was born on October 18, 1959 in Mexico City, at the age of 9 he began to lean towards the taste of the walk, and very quickly he gave results when he won the National Children’s title in Monterrey in 1972, according to the Millennium portal.
Years later the youth Central American won in Caracas, Venezuela, this was his first achievement abroad, this title was endorsed three years later in Xalapa.
But his great achievement was in Los Angeles in 1984 when he put Mexico on the top of the podium by winning the gold medal on the walk.
Ernesto Canto passes away. Ernesto Canto was admitted to the hospital at the end of October in a serious condition caused by cancer of the pancreas and liver, and after a week in bed, he made the decision to receive medication to ease his pain.
While doctors considered inducing him into a coma, to reduce the ailments of the disease that later spread to his lungs and stomach.
Ernesto Canto passes away. In his social networks he wrote that he was fighting a cancer disease, for which he thanked all his followers for their words of encouragement and their concern for his health.
“Every day I regain strength and courage to keep going. I am going through a difficult situation but I am facing it with faith and determination ”, the ex-walker subscribed through his Twitter account.
Unfortunately, he lost his life this Friday after hard weeks in the hospital, because 29 years ago Ernesto Canto received the National Sports Award, after becoming World Marching Champion, in the Helsinki, Finland, in 1981 he was a very special day in the history of the athlete.
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