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Jamy Franco
Guatemalan race walking athlete

Jamy Franco

Jamy Franco
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Intro Guatemalan race walking athlete
Is Athlete
From Guatemala
Field Sports
Gender female
Birth 1 July 1991, Santa Rosa de Lima, Santa Rosa
Age 30 years
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Jamy Amarilis Franco Núñez (born 1 July 1991) is a Guatemalan race walker. Cuban coach Rigoberto Medina has worked with her since 2010.
Born in Santa Rosa, Franco is the daughter of former Olympic race walker Evelyn Núñez. In 2005 at the age of 14, Franco won the 10,000 meter race walk at the Pan American Junior Athletics Championships in Windsor, Canada, setting a new record in the event. The following year, aged 15, she won the 4000 m race walk in the Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships, under-17 category, again setting a competition record.
In March 2011, she won the Pan American Race Walking Cup, her first major title, and in August 2011 at the World Championships she finished in 19th place in the 20 km event, being the top ranked woman from the Americas and setting high expectations for the Pan American Games competition later that year.
On 23 October 2011, at the age of 20, she won the 20 km race walk at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, breaking the Pan American Games women's record in the process and finishing the event 59 seconds ahead of her compatriot Mirna Ortíz, who finished second. It was the first time in the games' history that Guatemala won gold and silver medals in the same athletic event. It was also Guatemala's first win in an athletics event at the Games since Mateo Flores won the Marathon in the 1955 edition.
At the 2012 Memorial Mario Albisetti she set a 20 km walk best of 1:30:57 hours, taking fourth place overall.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Guatemala
2005 Pan American Junior Championships Windsor, Canada 1st 10 km 49:36.25 CR
2006 Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships (U-17) Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 1st 4 km 20:24.68 CR
2009 Central American Championships Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala 3rd 10 km 49:53.75
Central American and Caribbean Championships La Habana, Cuba 5th 10 km 51:19
2011 World Championships Daegu, Korea 19th 20 km 1:34:36
Pan American Games Guadalajara, México 1st 20 km 1:32:38 GR
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 31st 20 km 1:33:18

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