Daniel Corral Becomes the First Mexican Gymnast to Advance to the Finals
Daniel Corral has already made history as the first Mexican Olympic gymnast to advance to a final in an Olympic competition. Corral placed 8th in the men’s parallel bars qualification with an impressive score of 15.433, earning him a spot to compete for the gold next week. The twenty-two year old from Baja California won gold in the 2011 Pan American Games in both the parallel bars and the pommel horse. His coach, Oscar Aguirre, believes that he and Corral have a very proactive relationship, and their understanding of one another’s personalities will aid their efforts. Aguirre stressed that they are never losing sight of getting Corral up on that podium. Corral’s work thus far in London is a ground-breaking step towards his goal of medaling in the 2012 games.
Corral is happy for getting the opportunity to compete in the final, but is still maintaining focus for the next event. The gymnast will be fighting for gold against several world class competitors, including China’s Li Xiaopeng.
Coverage of the final will be on Tueday, August 07th at 9:00 am. Be sure to watch Daniel Corral make history as the first Mexican gymnast in the finals.