10/11/2020   Ernesto Canto (MEX) battles pancreatic and liver cancer




When bad news comes it never comes alone.
Ernesto Canto, former Mexican Olympic champion walker in Los Angeles 84, is also battling against a pancreatic and liver cancer, as reported in the Mexican press by Diario El Heraldo.
That's why the former athlete thanked through his social networks the support shown by his followers and his family who accompany him in these difficult times.
Through this channel I want to thank the many expressions of affection and support I have received. I am going through a difficult situation, but I am facing it with faith and determination. I would like to ask for understanding, because I need peace of mind for medical indications. I would also like to clarify that I have not requested blood donors at the moment, but I will inform you if necessary. I will be in touch this way. I can't fail to mention how important my family is in these moments when their support has been crucial” he posted Canto on his official Twitter account.
Canto Gudiño, who recently turned 61 on October 18, was hospitalized on October 30 due to this disease, according to El Heraldo magazine.
On October 31, the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic champion made public that he was suffering from this disease with the following message: “Good morning, friends of the media and Olympic family. I inform you that I am fighting a disease. I thank all of you for your sincere words of encouragement and concern for my health, every day I find strength and courage to go forward”.
Canto Gudiño is the only Mexican athlete who managed to win the four most important competitions in the same Olympic cycle, winning gold in the 20km walk at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Havana 1982, at the Pan American Games in Caracas 1983, at the World Athletics Championships in Helsinki 1983 and the most awaited one, obtained at the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles at the 1984 Olympic Games where he crossed the finish line in 1:23:13.
That 1984 was the peak of his career.
In fact, in addition to the Olympic victory, he had previously set on May 5, 1984 the world hour record at the Softland Grand Prix in Fana, Bergen, Norway, and subsequently broke the 20.000m record in 1:18:40.
In addition, in 1981 he was awarded the National Sports Award.





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