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World Athletics: Angolan Marcos Santos stepped over the line but loved the experience

Angolan Marcos Santos admitted this Wednesday that he loved the experience of participating in the athletics world championships, in Eugene, in the United States, despite having been disqualified in the 200 meters qualifiers.


"It was good, it's been a great experience, this my first World Cup, thank God I came," said the sprinter, still a junior, 18 years old, in statements to the Lusa agency.

The outcome was not what was expected for Marcos Santos, who crossed the limits of lane eight, the one outside, in the fourth series of the qualifiers.

"I did my best, but I put everything in God's hands. Before I got here, the preparation was good, but the opponents are not weak at all. They are world-class athletes, they have more experience than I do and I'm fighting to , little by little, trying to catch up with them and improve my mark", assured the Angolan junior record holder, with a time of 22.12 seconds.

The only Angolan athlete in competition at Eugene2022 recognized the responsibility of representing "a great country", despite having only had the presence of the federative president in the United States.

"I feel special and with a great responsibility. It's a big weight that I carry on my back, I had never represented the country and now it was a pride and a privilege. I will continue to do my best, because I want my country to be proud me", he stressed.

The still student, with a preference for the telecommunications area, normally trains at Estádio dos Coqueiros, in Luanda, not hiding his ambition to integrate a high-performance center to achieve "big, big brands".

"I'm a junior, I'm 18 years old, and I think about working even harder, because, in two years' time, I could be making big marks in the 200 meters, which is my focus. I love this event, I do it willingly and the Paris 2024 Olympic Games are here. I'm going to train hard, to do more than I did here", he concluded.

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