Inés Melchor

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Inés Melchor
Inés Melchor - 2012 Olympic Womens Marathon.jpg
Inés Melchor at the 2012 Summer Olympics Marathon
Personal information
Full name Santa Inés Melchor Huiza
Nationality Peruvian
Born (1986-08-30) 30 August 1986 (age 28)
Acobambilla, Huancavelica
Height 1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)
Weight 55 kg (121 lb)
Sport
Country  Peru
Sport athletics
Event(s) Long-distance running
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Half marathon: 1:14:3
  • Marathon: 2:28:54 Sport records icon NR.svg
Updated on 29 July 2013.

Inés Melchor (born August 30, 1986 in Acobambilla, Huancavelica) is a Peruvian long-distance runner. She competed in the marathon at the 2012 Summer Olympics, placing 25th with a time of 2:28:54, a Peruvian national record and the South America area record to the marathon.[1] Melchor also holds Peruvian records for the 5000 and 10,000 metres on the track.

She won numerous youth and junior medals at the continental level and competed at the 2003 World Championships in Athletics and the 2004 Summer Olympics while still a teenager. She won a gold medal double in the 5000 m and 10,000 m at the 2009 South American Championships in Athletics. She also won the bronze medal in the 5000 m at the 2011 Pan American Games. She is a three-time champion at the South American Cross Country Championships.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Inés Melchor, or her complete name is Santa Inés Melchor Huiza, was born in 1986 in Acobambilla District, Huancavelica Province, Perú.[2]

She was only three months old, when her parents decided to move to Huancayo. There, Inés attended local school in Nuestra Señora del Cocharcas and eventually earned a bachelor of laws from Los Andes Peruvian University.[3]

Youth and junior career[edit]

Melchor emerged as one of South America's most promising long-distance runners at an early age. She was the 3000 metres silver medallist at the 2000 South American Youth Championships in Athletics at the age of thirteen.[4] The following year she won the 5000 metres title at the 2001 South American Junior Championships in Athletics (also taking 3000 m bronze),[5] and then won the 3000 m title and 5000 m silver at the Pan American Juniors a week later.[6] As the youngest in the field at the 2002 South American Junior Championships, both Nadia Rodríguez and Silvia Paredes (two and three years older than Melchor) got the better of her and the Peruvian left with only a 3000 m bronze medal.[7] In the younger age bracket she won the 3000 m at the South American Youth Championships and also managed a bronze in the 1500 metres.[8]

Melchor was dominant regionally in 2003: aged sixteen, she won both the 3000 m and 5000 m titles at the South American Juniors and the Pan American Juniors.[9][10] At the 2003 World Youth Championships in Athletics 3000 m race she was the best performer from the Americas, taking sixth overall.[11] Such was her talent, she was one of a handful of Peruvian entrants for the 2003 World Championships in Athletics, where she ran in the 5000 metres.[12]

In 2004 she won her first junior title at the South American Cross Country Championships.[13] She was the only runner from the Americas in the 3000 m at the 2004 World Junior Championships in Athletics and placed eleventh.[14] The seventeen-year-old made her Olympic debut for Peru at the 2004 Athens Olympics, competing in the first round of the 5000 m. She was the youngest of only twelve Peruvians present at the games.[15] She also placed ninth in the 3000 m at the 2004 Ibero-American Championships in Athletics that year.[16]

She was South America's best performer in the junior race at the 2005 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, coming 29th overall.[17] In her last year of junior eligibility she won a 3000/5000 m double at the South American Juniors. She was the 5000 m champion at the Pan American Juniors but was beaten into second in the 3000 m by Canada's Alyson Kohlmeier.[18][19]

Start of senior career[edit]

In her first year of senior competition, she competed sparingly, with her main appearance being 72nd in the long race at the 2006 IAAF World Cross Country Championships after a victory at the South American Cross Country .[12] The following year saw her make a breakthrough as a senior runner. She was runner-up at the South American Cross Country behind Ednalva Laureano da Silva.[20] At her first continental senior championships she was fifth in the 5000 m but took the 10,000 metres silver medal behind Lucélia Peres.[21] At the Pan American Games she ran in the 10,000 m and broke Marilu Salazar's fourteen-year-old Peruvian record with a time of 33:36.17 minutes for fifth place.[22]

In 2008 she won her second senior title at the South American Cross Country and did a 5000/10,000 m double at the national championships, breaking Faustina Huamani's 5000 m national record in the process with a time of 16:17.37 minutes.[23] She went unchallenged in either event at the 2008 South American Under-23 Championships in Athletics, held in Lima and left with two gold medals.[24]

South American titles[edit]

Melchor (right) racing in the 2012 Olympic marathon.

She reduced her national records further at the 2009 South American Championships in Athletics held on home turf in Lima. She established herself as the region's best distance runner as she won the 5000 m with a time of 16:00.41 minutes and the 10,000 m with a time of 33:11.79 minutes (also a championship record).[25] She ran in the 5000 m heats at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics later that year and tried out a new event at the 2009 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, where she was 40th in a personal best of 74:33 minutes.[12] She ended her year with a 10,000 m win at the Bolivarian Games. In 2010 she won the South American cross country title for a third time, but did not compete for the rest of the year.[26] She returned to action near the end of 2011 and claimed the 5000 m bronze medal at the 2011 Pan American Games.

Marathon running[edit]

Melchor moved up to the marathon distance in the 2012 season. She made her debut at the Seoul International Marathon and her time of 2:30:04 hours for sixth was a Peruvian marathon record.[27] This qualified her for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She improved her national record further at the competition, completing a run of 2:28:54 hours for 25th place.[28][29][30] At the closing ceremony she was the flag bearer for Peru. In 2013 she placed third at the Santiago Marathon, won the Ultimas Noticias 15K in Ecuador,[31] and was runner-up at the Bogotá Half Marathon.[32]

Personal bests[edit]

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Peru
2000 South American Youth Championships Bogotá, Colombia 2nd 3000 m 10:40.67 min A
2001 South American Junior Championships Santa Fe, Argentina 3rd 3000 m 10:12.99
1st 5000 m 17:14.49
Pan American Junior Championships Santa Fe, Argentina 1st 3000 m 10:11.50
2nd 5000 m 17:28.18
2002 South American Junior Championships Belém, Brazil 3rd 3000 m 10:05.60
4th 5000 m 17:49.04
South American Youth Championships Asunción, Paraguay 3rd 1500 m 4:44.94
1st 3000 m 10:19.43
2003 South American Junior Championships Guayaquil, Ecuador 1st 3000 m 9:58.83
1st 5000 m 16:57.0
World Youth Championships Sherbrooke, Canada 6th 3000 m 9:28.44
Pan American Junior Championships Bridgetown, Barbados 1st 3000 m 9:57.96
1st 5000 m 16:53.37
World Championships Saint-Denis, France 15th (h) 5000 m 17:17.90
2004 South American Cross Country Championships – Junior Macaé, Brazil 1st 6.0 km 21:43
World Junior Championships Grosseto, Italy 11th 3000 m 9:41.89
Ibero-American Championships Huelva, Spain 9th 3000 m 9:37.35
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 38th (h) 5000 m 17:08.07
2005 South American Cross Country Championships – Junior Montevideo, Uruguay 2nd 6.0 km 22:19
World Cross Country Championships – Junior Saint-Galmier, France 29th 6.153 km 22:33
Pan American Junior Championships Windsor, Ontario, Canada 2nd 3000 m 9:36.24
1st 5000 m 16:48.06
South American Junior Championships Rosario, Argentina 1st 3000 m 9:50.87
1st 5000 m 17:05.78
2006 South American Cross Country Championships Mar del Plata, Argentina 1st 8.0 km 27:55
World Cross Country Championships Fukuoka, Japan 72nd 8.0 km 28:49
2007 South American Cross Country Championships Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2nd 8.0 km 29:34
South American Championships Sao Paulo, Brazil 5th 5000 m 16:23.44
2nd 10,000 m 34:13.23
Pan American Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 5th 10,000 m 33:36.17
2008 South American Cross Country Championships Asunción, Paraguay 1st 8.0 km 28:19
South American U-23 Championships Lima, Perú 1st 5000 m 16:44.59 A
1st 10,000 m 35:43.27 A
2009 South American Cross Country Championships Concepción, Chile 3rd 8.0 km 28:25
South American Championships Lima, Perú 1st 5000 m 16:00.41
1st 10,000 m 33:11.79
World Championships Berlin, Germany 20th (h) 5000 m 16:00.83
World Half Marathon Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 40th Half marathon 1:14:33
Bolivarian Games Sucre, Bolivia 1st 5000 m 17:42.95 A
1st 10,000 m 36:00.62 A
2010 South American Cross Country Championships Guayaquil, Ecuador 1st 8.0 km 27:15.9
2011 Pan American Games Guadalajara, México 3rd 5000 m 16:41.50
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 25th Marathon 2:28:54
2013 Bolivarian Games Trujillo, Perú 1st 5000 m 15:30.63
1st 10,000 m 33:52.9 ht
2014 South American Games Santiago, Chile 1st 5000 m 15:51.20
1st 10,000 m 33:10.06
Ibero-American Championships São Paulo, Brazil 1st 5000 m 15:58.85

References[edit]

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