President Enrique Peña Nieto  welcomed the Mexican diving team that represented Mexico at the Diving World Cup Rio 2016 and acknowledged the athletes’ winning spirit and perseverance. 

“You are a source of pride for Mexico and an example to generations of today’s young Mexicans, with a winning mentality and capability.”

The National Diving Team that represented Mexico in the Diving World Cup 2016, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, achieved 11 of the 12 available places for competing in the 2016 Olympic Games.

The athletes’ participation was one of Mexico’s best performances in a Diving World Cup. The divers who attended the gathering held at the official residence of Los Pinos included:

Rommel Pacheco, who won gold in the 3-meter individual springboard competition and bronze in men’s 3-meter synchronized diving; Jahir Ángel Ocampo, who won bronze in men’s 3-meter synchronized diving; Paola Espinosa, who placed 5th in women's 10-meter synchronized diving; Alejandra Orozco who came 5th in the 10-meter individual competition and 5th in women's 10-meter synchronized diving; Ivan García Navarro, who scored 9th place in the 10-meter individual competition and 12th in men's synchronized diving and Germán Sánchez, who came 13th in the 10-meter individual diving competition and 12th in men’s synchronized diving.

Also in attendance were Rodrigo Diego López,  who placed 11th in men's three-meter individual diving; Dolores Hernández Monzón, who came 8th in 3-meter individual diving and 10th in 3-meter synchronized diving; Arantxa Chávez Muñoz, ranked 10th in 3-meter synchronized diving; Melany Hernández Torres, who placed 14th in 3-meter individual diving and Gabriela Belem Agúndez García, who came 10th in the 10-meter individual diving competition.

The event was also attended by diving coaches Ma Jin and Ivan Bautista Vargas, and Kiril Minchev Todorov, President of the Mexican Swimming Federation.

President Enrique Peña Nieto took a selfie with the group of athletes, together with whom he held up a T-shirt with the inscription: “We are all Rommel and our flag is Mexico,” in support of Rommel Pacheco, who won gold in the 3-meter individual springboard competition at the Diving World Cup.

"It is a triumph for you personally, it is a triumph for the team and it is a source of great pride for Mexico.”


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