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Over 100 athletes in Mexico’s Olympic roster‏

April 27, 2012

Mexico will take over 100 athletes to the London 2012 Olympic Games – including Guadalajara-born soccer star Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed this week that Hernandez would be competing in the summer games. The former Chivas striker, who turns 24 on June 1, will be one of three players aged over 23 permitted to take part in El Tri’s Olympic soccer squad.

Another Tapatio athlete who will be on the plane to London is archer Juan Rene Serrano, who competed in the last two Olympic Games, coming fourth in Beijing 2008 and winning bronze in the Rio de Janiero 2007 Pan American Games.

Mexico won three medals in the Beijing 2008 Olympics, with Maria Espinoza and Guillermo Perez winning gold in taekwondo, and Paola Espinosa and Tatiana Ortiz claiming bronze in the ten-meter synchronized diving.

Mexico’s best chance of winning medals is in taekwondo, diving, athletics, archery and boxing, said Jaime Cadaval, the head of the Mexican delegation. He confirmed over 100 athletes will take part, adding that Pan American gymnastics champion Diego Corral stands a strong chance, while the soccer team should also be taken into account.

The draw for the soccer was made on Tuesday. Having been seeded, Mexico’s men’s team avoided tough opponents such as Spain, Brazil and hosts Great Britain, receiving a favorable draw Gabon, South Korea and Switzerland.

With almost all of Mexico’s 2005 and 2011 under-17 world champions still aged under 23 and available for selection, El Tri will be among the favorites to bring home a medal in the soccer.

For more on Chicharito, the Olympics and other Mexican football news, click here.

And for a preview of this weekend’s matches, including the race for the final playoff berths, clickety click.

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