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Ana Guevara
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Personal information
Born (1977-03-04) March 4, 1977 (age 46)
Nogales, Sonora, Mexico
Occupation Retired sprinter, politician
Medal record
Women's athletics
Olympic Games
Silver 2004 Athens 400 m
World Championships
Bronze 2001 Edmonton 400 m
Gold 2003 Paris 400 m
Bronze 2005 Helsinki 400 m
IAAF World Cup
Gold 2002 Madrid 400 m
Gold 2002 Madrid 4x400 m
Goodwill Games
Gold 2001 Brisbane 400 m
Bronze 2001 Brisbane 4x400 m
Pan American Games
Gold 1999 Winnipeg 400 m
Gold 2003 Santo Domingo 400 m
Gold 2007 Rio de Janeiro 400 m
Silver 2007 Rio de Janeiro 4x400 m
Central American and Caribbean Games
Silver 1998 Maracaibo 400 metres
Silver 1998 Maracaibo 800 metres
Gold 2002 San Salvador 400 metres
Gold 2002 San Salvador 4x400 m
Gold 2006 Cartagena 400 metres
Gold 2006 Cartagena 4x400 m
Ibero-American Championships
Gold 1998 Lisbon 400 metres
Gold 1998 Lisbon 4x400 metres
Silver 1998 Lisbon 800 metres
CAC Junior Championships (U20)
Silver 1996 San Salvador 800 m
Silver 1996 San Salvador 4x400 m relay

Ana Gabriela Guevara Espinoza (born March 4, 1977) is a Mexican former track and field athlete who specialized in the 400 meters and is the 7th fastest female 300-meter runner in the world, running 300 meters in 35.3 seconds on May 3, 2003. She served as a Mexican Senator for the 2012–2018 term.

Early life

Guevara was born in Nogales, Sonora. Her parents are Cesar Octavio Guevara and Ana María Espinoza. She has four siblings: Azalia, César, Daniela, and Jaime.

Athletic career

Ana's career began in 1996 when she started participating in her first international competition. In 1998, she won two silver medals in the Central American and Caribbean Games in the 400 and 800 meters.

Her first major victory was the gold medal in the 400 meters at the 1999 Pan American Games in Canada. A year later, she qualified to the 2000 Sydney Olympics going to the 400 meters finals, finishing with a reasonable 5th place with a time of 49.96 seconds. After that race, she won 28 consecutive international races before a second-place finish in Rome in July 2004.

In 2001, she won the 400-meter race at the Herculis in Monaco, one of the two 400-meter events held at Golden League competitions that year. At the 2001 World Championships in Athletics, Guevara made the finals in the 400 m. She came off the last turn leading the race with about 105 meters to go. Unfortunately, she could not keep the fast pace and was passed by Amy Mbacke Thiam from Senegal and Lorraine Fenton from Jamaica with no more than 20 meters to go. Guevara won the bronze medal posting a season-best with a time of 49.97 seconds. In fact, Fenton and Mbacke Thiam also posted personal bests, the last one also being a national record.

In 2002, she won all seven competitions of 400 m of the Golden League (Oslo, Paris, Rome, Monaco, Zürich, Brussels and Berlin) sharing the jackpot of one million dollars in gold bars with three athletes. She also won the gold medal at the 2002 IAAF World Cup in 400 m and 400 m relay, running for the Americas team. She won the 2002 IAAF Grand Prix Final in Paris.

In 2003, she defended her title in the 400 m at the 2003 Pan American Games winning the gold medal. She won the 400-meter race at the Weltklasse Zürich, one of the two 400 m events held at Golden League competitions that year. Later, on August 27, 2003, in Paris, France, she won the 2003 World Championships in Athletics in the women's 400 meters. She set a personal record, a national record, and a world-leading time, finishing in 48.89 seconds. She won the 400 m at the 2003 IAAF World Athletics Final in Monaco.

Guevara made her second Olympic appearance in 2004 as the flag carrier for the Mexican delegation and represented her country in the 400 m. After winning her heat in the first round, and her corresponding semi-final, she would go on to win the silver medal in the final. She won the 400 m at the 2004 IAAF World Athletics Final in Monaco.

A year later, at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics, she won the bronze medal in the 400 meters with a time of 49.81 seconds, despite the heavy rainfall that occurred during the event.

In 2007, for the third consecutive time, she won the gold medal in the 400 m at the 2007 Pan American Games. In addition, she led Mexico's 4 × 400 m relay team to a second-place finish. About a month later, at the age of 30, Guevara participated in her fourth World Championships in Athletics in Osaka, Japan. She finished in fourth place with a season-best time of 50.16 seconds, just 0.01 seconds ahead of 24-year-old DeeDee Trotter of the United States.

On January 16, 2008, she announced her retirement from all competitions due to conflicts with Mariano Lara, the then president of the Mexican Athletics Federation. No help was received at that time from Carlos Hermosillo, director of the CONADE (Comision Nacional de Cultura Fisica y Deporte), who did not act rapidly and the problem only grew bigger and continued for months. Ana finally said, "My retirement from sport in Mexico is now definitive, I contemplated the possibility of participating independently at the Olympic Games, but my dream was to participate for my country."

Personal bests

Date Event Venue Time
2003 300 m Mexico City, Mexico 35.30 WB
2003 400 m Paris, France 48.89 NR
2000 4 × 400 m Osaka, Japan 3:27.14 NR
1998 800 m Maracaibo, Venezuela 2:01.12 NR


Representing Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico
Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
1996 Ibero-American Championships Medellín, Colombia 7th 400 m 54.92
3rd 4 × 400 m relay 3:38.48
Central American and Caribbean
Junior Championships (U-20)
San Salvador, El Salvador 4th 400 m 56.03
2nd 800 m 2:09.8
2nd 4 × 400 m relay 3:47.96
World Junior Championships Sydney, Australia 12th (sf) 400 m 55.24
1997 Universiade Catania, Italy 6th 800 m 2:02.90
7th 4 × 400 m relay 3:34.63
1998 Ibero-American Championships Lisbon, Portugal 1st 400 m 50.65
1st 800 m 2:01.55
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:33.41
Central American and Caribbean Games Maracaibo, Venezuela 2nd 400 m 51.32
2nd 800 m 2:01.12 NR
1999 Pan American Games Winnipeg, Canada 1st 400 m 50.91
7th 4 × 400 m relay 3:35.86
World Championships Seville, Spain 12th (sf) 400 m 50.70
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 5th 400 m 49.96
Grand Prix Final Doha, Qatar 5th 400 m 51.22
2001 Golden League Competitions Monaco 1st 400 m 50.84
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 3rd 400 m 49.97
2002 Central American and Caribbean Games San Salvador, El Salvador 1st 400 m 51.87
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:31.24
Golden League Competitions Oslo, Norway 1st 400 m 50.45
Paris, France 1st 400 m 50.00
Rome, Italy 1st 400 m 49.51
Monaco 1st 400 m 49.25
Zurich, Switzerland 1st 400 m 49.16
Brussels, Belgium 1st 400 m 49.69
Berlin, Germany 1st 400 m 49.91
Grand Prix Final Paris, France 1st 400 m 49.90
2003 Pan American Games Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 1st 400 m 50.36
Golden League Competitions Zurich, Switzerland 1st 400 m 49.11
World Championships Paris, France 1st 400 m 48.89 WL
10th (h) 4 × 400 m relay 3:29.74
2003 IAAF World Athletics Final Monaco 1st 400 m 49.34
2004 Golden League Competitions Rome, Italy 2nd 400 m 49.74
Zurich, Switzerland 2nd 400 m 50.18
Brussels, Belgium 2nd 400 m 49.95
Berlin, Germany 2nd 400 m 49.53
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 2nd 400 m 49.56
11th (h) 4 × 400 m relay 3:27.88 NR
World Athletics Final Monaco 1st 400 m 50.13
2005 Golden League Competitions Paris, France 3rd 400 m 50.44
Rome, Italy 2nd 400 m 50.62
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 3rd 400 m 49.81
2006 Central American and Caribbean Games Cartagena, Colombia 1st 400 m 50.99
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:29.92
Golden League Competitions Paris, France 4th 400 m 50.79
Rome, Italy 5th 400 m 50.43
2007 Pan American Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1st 400 m 50.34
2nd 4 × 400 m relay 3:27.75 NR
World Championships Osaka, Japan 4th 400 m 50.16
8th 4 × 400 m relay 3:29.14

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