Andrés Chocho

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Andrés Chocho
Personal information
Full name Cristian Andrés Chocho León
Born (1983-11-04) November 4, 1983 (age 31)
Cuenca, Azuay
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 55 kg (121 lb)
Sport
Country  Ecuador
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Race walking
Updated on 11 June 2014.

Andrés Chocho (born Cristian Andrés Chocho León on 4 November 1983)[1] is an Ecuadorian race walker who competes in both the 20 km and 50 km walk events.[2] He is the South American record holder in the 50 km (3:49:32 hours) and 20,000 metres (1:20:23.8 hours) walking events.

Chocho was the 2011 South American Champion over 20 km and was the bronze medallist at the 2011 Summer Universiade. His best global level finish is eleventh over 50 km at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics. He represented Ecuador at the 2008 Summer Olympics and is a five-time participant of the IAAF World Race Walking Cup.

Career[edit]

Born in Cuenca, Ecuador (the same city as 1996 Olympic racewalk champion Jefferson Pérez), he began racewalking at a young age and made his international debut at 15 years old. He took third in both the youth 10 km at the 1999 South American Racewalking Cup and the 10,000 m walk at the 1999 South American Junior Championships in Athletics.[3][4] The year after he improved to second at the youth section of the South American Cup,[5] but was disqualified for lifting at the 2000 South American Junior Championships.[6] In spite of this he was chosen to compete at the 2000 World Junior Championships in Athletics held in Santiago de Chile and came 24th.[7] He ended the year with a win over 10,000 m at the 2000 South American Youth Championships in Athletics.[8]

The 2001 South American Junior Championships in Athletics were held in conjunction with the 2001 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships in October and he won the South American 10,000 m walk title, while finishing second in the Pan American race behind Mexico's Horacio Nava.[9][10] Later that month he won the 10 km junior road title at the South American Cup.[11] In his final year of junior competition he was runner-up to Brazil's Rafael Duarte in the 2002 South American Junior Championships and placed eighteenth in the 10,000 m walk at the 2002 World Junior Championships in Athletics.[12][13] That year also marked his senior debut at the 2002 IAAF World Race Walking Cup, where he took 34th place in the 20 km walk category, as well as a tenth place finish at the South American Cup.[14]

Chocho did not compete in major competition in 2003 but returned in 2004 he placed fifth in the South American Cup. He was disqualified at the IAAF World Race Walking Cup in both 2004 and 2006. He set a personal best of 1:22:31 hours for the 20 km walk at the Na Rynek Marsz meet in June 2007, but managed only 13th place at the 2007 Summer Universiade and was again disqualified at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics.[14] He came ninth at the 2008 South American Race Walking Cup and managed finishes of 38th and 39th at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2008 IAAF World Race Walking Cup, respectively.[15] He also improved his best to 1:22:05 hours at that year's Na Rynek Marsz meet.[16] His highlights of 2009 were a twelfth place finish at the 2009 Summer Universiade and 39th place at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics.[14]

Chocho was disqualified at the 2010 South American Cup,[17] but managed 31st at the 2010 IAAF World Race Walking Cup. He debuted over the 50 km walk distance that October and set a time of 3:54:42 hours in Congers, New York.[14] The 2011 season saw Chocho reach new heights in his career. He began with a win at the national championships, but failed to finish at the 2011 Pan American Race Walking Cup. He rebounded with a near-personal best of 1:22:18 hours to take eighth at Rio Maior's Grande Premio Internacional en Marcha Atletica.[18] That June he broke the South American record for the 20,000 m walk at the 2011 South American Championships in Athletics, winning the gold medal in a time of 1:20:23.8 hours.[19] He followed this with a bronze medal performance at the 2011 Summer Universiade.[20]

Making his championship debut over the distance, Chocho proved himself more adept at the longer distance and took eleventh place at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics with a South American record time of 3:49:32 hours.[21] He ended the year at the 2011 Pan American Games, but was disqualified in the 50 km walk event.[15] He competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics but was disqualified just beyond an hour into the 50 km race having been shown three red cards.

Personal bests[edit]

Track walk[edit]

  • 10,000 m: 42:16.5 min (ht) – Ecuador Quito, 16 May 2009
  • 20,000 m: 1:20:23.8 hrs (ht) – Argentina Buenos Aires, 5 June 2011

Road walk[edit]

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Ecuador
1999 South American Race Walking Cup - Youth Cochabamba, Bolivia 3rd 10 km road walk 50:07
South American Junior Championships Concepción, Chile 3rd 10,000 m track walk 44:43.08
2000 South American Race Walking Cup - Youth Lima, Perú 2nd 10 km road walk 48:09
Pan American Race Walking Cup Poza Rica, México 17th 20 km road walk 1:42:44
South American Junior Championships São Leopoldo, Brazil 10,000 m track walk DQ
World Junior Championships Santiago, Chile 24th 10,000 m track walk 46:17.66
South American Youth Championships Bogotá, Colombia 1st 10,000 m track walk 47:52.68 min A
2001 South American Junior Championships Santa Fe, Argentina 1st 10,000 m track walk 43:58.89
Pan American Junior Championships Santa Fe, Argentina 2nd 10,000 m track walk 43:58.89
South American Race Walking Cup - Junior Cuenca, Ecuador 1st 10 km road walk 45:55
2002 World Junior Championships Kingston, Jamaica 18th 10,000 m track walk 45:28.60
South American Junior Championships Belém, Brazil 2nd 10,000 m track walk 44:36.81
World Race Walking Cup Turin, Italy 34th 20 km road walk 1:29:09
South American Race Walking Cup Puerto Saavedra, Chile 10th 20 km road walk 1:33:29
2003 Pan American Race Walking Cup Chula Vista, California, United States 14th 20 km road walk 1:29:27
Universiade Daegu, South Korea 20 km road walk DNF
2004 South American Race Walking Championships Los Ángeles, Chile 5th 20 km road walk 1:24:29
World Race Walking Cup Naumburg, Germany 20 km road walk DQ
2005 Pan American Race Walking Cup Lima, Perú 20 km road walk DNF
2006 South American Race Walking Championships Cochabamba, Bolivia 6th 20 km road walk 1:30:24
World Race Walking Cup La Coruña, Spain 20 km road walk DQ
2007 Pan American Race Walking Cup Balneário Camboriú, Brazil 20 km road walk DQ
Universiade Bangkok, Thailand 14th 20 km road walk 1:31:24
World Championships Osaka, Japan 20 km road walk DQ
2008 South American Race Walking Championships Cuenca, Ecuador 9th 20 km road walk 1:31:27
World Race Walking Cup Cheboksary, Russia 39th 20 km road walk 1:24:08
Olympic Games Beijing, China 38th 20 km road walk 1:27:09
2009 South American Championships Lima, Perú 20,000 m track walk DNF
Universiade Belgrade, Serbia 12th 20 km road walk 1:24:51
World Championships Berlin, Germany 39th 20 km road walk 1:29:14
2010 South American Race Walking Championships Cochabamba, Bolivia 20 km road walk DQ
World Race Walking Cup Chihuahua, México 31st 20 km road walk 1:28:19
2011 Pan American Race Walking Cup Envigado, Colombia 20 km road walk DNF
South American Championships Buenos Aires, Argentina 1st 20,000 m track walk 1:20:23.8
Universiade Shenzen, China 3rd 20 km road walk 1:24:44
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 11th 50 km road walk 3:49:32
Pan American Games Guadalajara, México 50 km road walk DQ
2012 South American Race Walking Championships Salinas, Ecuador, Ecuador 8th 20 km road walk 1:30:24.4
World Race Walking Cup Saransk, Russia 50 km road walk DQ
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 50 km road walk DQ
2013 South American Championships Cartagena, Colombia 3rd 20,000 m track walk 1:26:20.98
World Championships Moscow, Russia 50 km road walk DQ
Bolivarian Games Trujillo, Perú 1st 50 km road walk 3:58:50
2014 South American Games Santiago, Chile 20,000 m track walk DQ
World Race Walking Cup Taicang, China 50 km road walk DQ

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andres Chocho. Sports Reference. Retrieved on 2012-03-31.
  2. ^ Biografía - General - CHOCHO LEON Cristian Andres - Ecuador (in Spanish), retrieved May 20, 2014 
  3. ^ 1999 South American Racewalking Cup. World Junior Athletics History. Retrieved on 2012-03-31.
  4. ^ 1999 South American Junior Championships in Athletics. World Junior Athletics History. Retrieved on 2012-03-31.
  5. ^ 2000 South American Racewalking Cup. World Junior Athletics History. Retrieved on 2012-03-31.
  6. ^ 2000 South American Junior Championships in Athletics. World Junior Athletics History. Retrieved on 2012-03-31.
  7. ^ 2000 World Junior Championships. World Junior Athletics History. Retrieved on 2012-03-31.
  8. ^ 2000 South American Youth Championships in Athletics. World Junior Athletics History. Retrieved on 2012-03-31.
  9. ^ 2001 South American Junior Championships in Athletics. World Junior Athletics History. Retrieved on 2012-03-31.
  10. ^ 2001 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships. World Junior Athletics History. Retrieved on 2012-03-31.
  11. ^ 2001 South American Racewalking Cup. World Junior Athletics History. Retrieved on 2012-03-31.
  12. ^ 2002 South American Junior Championships in Athletics. World Junior Athletics History. Retrieved on 2012-03-31.
  13. ^ 2002 World Junior Championships in Athletics. World Junior Athletics History. Retrieved on 2012-03-31.
  14. ^ a b c d Chocho Andres. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-03-31.
  15. ^ a b Andres Chocho. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 2012-03-31.
  16. ^ Rozum, Janusz (2008-05-25). Sanchez, Turava defend titles in Krakow - IAAF Race Walking Challenge. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-03-31.
  17. ^ Biscayart, Eduardo (2010-03-28). Ecuadorians shine at South American Race Walking Championships. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-03-31.
  18. ^ Fernandes, Antonio Manuel (2011-04-09). Borchin and Kaniskina on cruise control in Rio Maior – IAAF Race Walking Challenge. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-03-31.
  19. ^ Eduardo Biscayart (2011-06-06). "Brazil retains South American title in Buenos Aires - Final Day". IAAF. Retrieved 2011-06-06. 
  20. ^ van Kuijen, Hans (2011-08-22). World University Games conclude in Shenzhen – Wrap report. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-09-13.
  21. ^ Ecuatoriano Chocho logra undécimo puesto y récord sudamericano en Mundial. El Comercio (2011-09-02). Retrieved on 2012-03-31.

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