Joselyn Brea: “I wanted to qualify directly for the Olympic Games”

The woman from Carabobo thanked Bancamiga for the support on her way to Paris and stated that she will continue “training hard” to play a “good role for Venezuela.”

For Joselyn Brea, Saturday, May 18, has been a very special day. Congratulations have come from many cities around the world, and it is no wonder. After a lot of effort, he got his passport to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. And he did it directly, by achieving the minimum mark required in the 5,000-meter dash at the Los Angeles Grand Prix.

The young Bancamiga athlete crossed the finish line with a time of 14 minutes, 36 seconds and 59 hundredths, achieving the national, South American and Ibero-American record.

“I am happy to have achieved the mark directly. For me, it is very important to have done that time. This way I don’t have to wait for ranking. The work we have been doing is very good, and I thank my sponsors, especially Bancamiga, for accompanying me on the road to Paris 2024.”

The executive president of Bancamiga, Ariel José Martínez, expressed his “immense joy” for the classification of Brea, a woman who with her perseverance, discipline and commitment has put the name of the country very high.

“We are glad to have accompanied her on her Olympic route, where she achieved three gold medals at the Central American and Caribbean Games, and then another two at the Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile. At Bancamiga we are sure that in Paris she will give her all against the best in the world.”

Los Angeles was once again the setting for Brea to demonstrate her excellent conditions. Last year he set a time of 14.47.76 minutes, which on that occasion also represented a national and South American record, which could even have been his ticket to the Olympic Games, but the qualification period had not begun.

First Venezuelan in history to compete that distance in the Olympics

This Friday night and early Saturday morning at Drake Stadium, at the University of California, the woman from Carabobo finished second, behind the American Elle St. Pierre, world indoor 3,000 meter champion, who recorded an astonishing 14:34.12.

With this place in Paris 2024, Joselyn Brea became the 26th qualifier for Venezuela and the first Venezuelan in history to compete in that distance in the Olympics. On May 31 and June 9 he will be competing in the 1,500-meter dash, the other distance in which he seeks to qualify for Paris.

“I tell all Venezuelans that now I have to continue training hard and taking good care of myself to get to the Olympic Games very well and make a good performance for Venezuela,” Brea concluded.

With information and reference image provided by Bancamiga Banco Universal

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