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At the age of 59 she is five times champion in launches

Mercedes Larrauri, the “teacher” who, at 59 years old, became a fivefold champion in launches in Mendoza. We tell you his story.


In the framework of the 40th National Championship of Athletics Master, Mercedes celebrated in a big way. The retired teacher of physical education showed that she is still more valid than ever, as she became a five-fold national champion in launch. He won the top positions in Bullet, Disco, Javelin, Hammer and Hammer. In the latter, he debuted with a weight of 7,260 kg for his category.

Although this month celebrated 59 years of life, for her the years are not left. In fact, it's an attitude he takes to life. That same attitude that led her to dream big since Comodoro Rivadavia, a city in which she has lived since 1972.

Today Mercedes celebrates with his daughter Ornella, who followed in his footsteps. The young woman became the last Commodore consecrated as a national high jump champion a few years ago.

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“ I have no problem with age. I started athletics in 6th grade with an EF teacher who took us to the stadium. From then on, until I was 19, I always participated in provincial inter-collegial premises, Evita and Nationals. Then I studied for EF teacher, part in Santa Fe and culminated in the 1st class in Comodoro,” says Mercedes.

“ Like teacher always encouraged my students to practice athletics, handball and sports gymnastics. I am IAAF level 1 judge and actively collaborate on the track tournaments. I used to do jumps. Above all, long jump (my best record was 5.25 m). He also ran 100 meters (12.7) as a add-in. Now I'm doing launches,” he describes.

At Master she started in 2010, and injuries to her knees and operations conditioned her in the jumps. “In Mendoza I participated in the 5 pitches: bullet, disc, javelin, hammer and hammer. And I was 1 in the 5. I mean, five-fold national champion. In addition, I participated in post 4 for 100 in category 50 and we took a silver medal,” said Larrauri.

When look at its journey, Mercedes does not lose enthusiasm or conviction because argues that there is always reason to celebrate. “It motivates me to follow the physical activity, for health, love of athletics, the social part, the to know. It is definitely beautiful to be able to participate in this stage of life. Watching people 80 and over running, jumping, throwing, priceless,” concluded.

SOURCE: Journal The Patagonian

Publication Date: 25/10/2019

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