The 2012 was marked by significant Ecuadorian sports figures. Here is a summary of the most prominent of this year.
The Ecuadorian sprinter, Alex Quiñonez, 22, ended seven place in the final of the 200 meter race in London 2012 with a mark of 20.57 seconds.
Jose Francisco Cevallos, sport minister, announced that he will provide full support to the sprinter so he can improve his marks and better his performance for the next Olympic Games in Brazil 2016.
In a television interview, Alex Quiñonez asked not only for the support of the Ministry of Sport, but of private institutions because athletes travel without doctors.
After a successful year with his team, Manchester United and the Ecuadorian soccer team, soccer player Antonio Valencia was recognized as one of the top five midfielders of the world.
The publication of givemefootball.com said “Toño”, from Sucumbios, Ecuador, has become one of the best midfielders in the Premier League and one of the best in the world.
Arrinton Narciso Mina Villalba had a year he will never forget; achieved a historical record with Barcelona Sporting Club, reaching a total of 30 goals that made him the top scorer of the Ecuadorian Championship of 2012.
Mina met several dreams in this tournament when he managed to break his own record of goals. Known as “The Beautiful”, Mina scored and celebrated his goal in style, along with all his teammates and the cheering of all the fans present in the Monumental Stadium.
Narciso fulfilled its promise made in early 2012 to close the championship stage with 30 scored goals, saying it was “a work of God.”
Being only a directive member in a local soccer team, Antonio Noboa, also became a key figure in the history of sports and soccer in Ecuador.
He took the lead of a team devastated by years of bad leadership, the Barcelona Sporting Club, and thank to good decisions, the so-called “idol of the shipyard” became, restoring its glory and sovereignty.