Mexico’s Gabriela Agúndez & Alejandra Orozco Claim Synchronized Diving Bronze at Tokyo Games

2020 Tokyo Games

Gabriela Agúndez and Alejandra Orozco

The 20-year-old Mexican diver and her 24-year-old diving partner have claimed Mexico’s second bronze medal of the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Gabriela Agúndez & Alejandra OrozcoAgundez and Orozco placed third in the women’s synchronized 10-meter platform diving event at the Olympics.

Agundez and Orozco finished with 299.70 points, .54 points ahead of the Canadian team.

Gabriela Agúndez & Alejandra OrozcoIt’s Agundez’s first Olympic medal and Orozco’s second. She previously won a silver medal alongside teammate Paola Espinosa in the same event at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Sánchez Claims Mexico’s Third Diving Medal at the London Games

London Olympics 2012

The third time’s the charm for Laura Sánchez Soto

Competing in her third consecutive Olympics, the 26-year-old Mexican diver earned the bronze in the women’s diving 3m springboard final on Sunday at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Laura Sanchez

In what turned out to be a close battle for the bronze, Sánchez proved to be thismuch better than Italy’s Tania Cagnotto.

Heading into their final dive, the Italian diver—competing in her fourth Olympics—looked like the odds on favorite to take third place. But Sanchez won over the judges with an exceptional forward 2 1/2 somersault with one twist pike to finish a mere .20 points ahead of Cagnotto.

China’s Wu Minxia won the gold medal, while her countrywoman He Zi won the silver. It was Wu’s record-tying sixth Olympic diving medal.

Meanwhile, Sanchez’s third place finish helped give Mexico its third diving medal at the London Games following silver-earning performances by synchronized diver Paola Espinosa and Alejandra Orozco and German Sanchez and Iván García.

Espinosa & Orozco Win a Silver in Women’s Synchronized Diving

London Olympics 2012

It’s almost a case of déjà vu as Mexico’s Paola Espinosa and Alejandra Orozco earn Mexico the country’s second silver medal in diving in two days, after Iván Garcia and Germán Sánchez claimed a similar diving silver on Monday.

Espinosa and her 15-year-old partner put on an impressive display to finish in second place in the Women’s Diving: Synchronized 10m Platform final at the 2012 Olympic Games on Tuesday, July 31—Espinosa’s 26thbirthday.

Paola Espinosa & Alejandra Orozco

China’s Chen Ruolin and Wang Hao—the favorites this year—took home the gold with 368.40 points. Espinosa and Orozco scored 343.32 points to earn the silver; and Canada’s Roseline Filion and Meaghan Benfeito won the bronze with 337.62 points.

With her medal-winning performance, Espinosa enters Mexico’s history books as the first woman to win medals at two Olympics. She earned a bronze medal in the same event at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing with her partner Tatiana Ortiz.

Paola Espinosa & Alejandra Orozco

“It’s a great gift”, said Espinosa of winning a second medal with her new partner Orozco, the youngest athlete to represent Mexico at the 2012 Olympic Games. “It was a great competition for us. We’re very happy with this result and the truth is that we did it very well, we dove very well. Our expectations today were to be on the medal podium and that’s how it was.”

At the start of the competition, the British duo of Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch surprised the audience with their first two dives and remained behind the Chinese with Espinosa and Orozco ranked seventh.

Paola Espinosa & Alejandra Orozco
But in the third round the Mexican divers performed an excellent dive that gave them the maximum qualification (84.48 points) and moved them into second place.

“I realized (of the possibility to win the silver) from the first free dive, that we were already in second,” said Espinosa. “And I felt that we could [medal] because we‘ve trained very well, very strong. I believe Alejandra and I have made a great duo. We communicate very well.”

Paola Espinosa & Alejandra Orozco

The Mexican divers remained consistent in the last two dives and ended up with a solid point difference between them and the third place team. Following their fifth and final dive, Espinosa and Orozco hugged tightly knowing they’d done enough to medal.

“It was simply about going dive by dive, laboring as we have done for a long time,” said Orozco, who thanked her partner for the constant “support” and “motivation” she gave her.

Espinosa, competing in her third Olympics after her debut at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, hasn’t ruled out participating at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio of Janeiro.

“If God wants and my body and my mind, now that I am older, permit me, I will continue working for the next Games and be in the fight.”

Óscar Cruz: La Voz de Mexico…

It’s official… Óscar Cruz can now be called “the voice of Mexico!”

The 44-year-old Puebla, Mexico school custodian will be stepping down from his post and stepping up to the microphone to record his first album after sweeping past the competition on  Televisa’s La voz… México, the country’s version of NBC’s hit reality competition The Voice.


Cruz, who was coached by Latin music superstar Alejandro Sanz, beat out Alejandra Orozco and Óscar Garrido to earn the “La voz” after the 15-week competition and win a recording contract and a new car.

But the show isn’t over for La voz’s finalists, including fourth place finisher Gabriel Navarro… They’ll now participate in La gira de la voz… México next month. The tour will have stops in Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mérida.

Meanwhile, Sanz, who hails from Spain, was beyond thrilled to see his musical disciple beat out the competition.

“My participation in the program has left me with a deeper knowledge and love for this country than the one I had before,” says the 43-year-old Latin Grammy-winning singer who was recently honored by Spain’s royalty. “I leave here [in Mexico] a lot of my heart.”

Cruz clinched the title after three stellar finale performances, which included a duet with Sanz.