The election of the athlete of the year 2020 in Colombia will be a complex mission, in the middle of a season marked by the coronavirus pandemic, that did not allow all athletes to go on stage in their different disciplines and even led to the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics. In other cases there were some who were able to compete, but their form was not the best and they were seen in competition.
For EL TIEMPO there are only four candidates who could aspire to be the best Colombian athlete based on their results, which, Unlike past seasons, they were not great titles, but they were significant achievements in the midst of a difficult reality.
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The first candidate to be the athlete of the year 2020 is the cyclist Daniel Martínez, who before and after the stoppage due to the covid-19 pandemic It was the most regular and the one that achieved the best results.
Martínez, a regular, intelligent runner who can read the stages, this year won the Critérium Dauphiné, in a demonstration of his progression on the international lot.
This year, in addition, he won the chrono of the National Cycling Championships, was bronze in the road test and second in the Tour Colombia.
His season was very good and he corroborated it in the Tour de France, a competition in which he won stage 13 at the mythical height of Puy Mary. He lacked some luck, because his falls led him to abandon the French round and the Tour of Spain.
Another candidate is the San Francisco Giants baseball player Donovan Solano, who finished the season taking the Silver Bat in the National League, thanks to his outstanding offensive performance in the 2020 Major League Baseball season.
Solano stood out during the 2020 campaign by finishing with a .326 batting average, which allowed him to be the only player in the National League to exceed the record of .300. In addition, the Barranquilla played 54 games in which he could have 190 at-bats. He scored 22 runs, had 62 hits, 15 doubles, a triple, three home runs and 29 RBIs.
Also as a candidate appears Héctor Leonardo Páez, who won the World Championship in mountain bike marathon, with a great exhibition in Sakarya (Turkey).
In addition, Páez won the Transmaurienne Vanoise, a five-stage competition that was held on French territory; he won the Etna Marathon and finished third in the Pedalonga, an event on the Italian calendar.
Juan Sebastián Muñoz ended up being one of the top ten players of the 2019-20 season on the PGA Tour. Although its best result was in 2019, When he won the Sanderson Farms Championship, the finish was spectacular, with two top-10s in the last two tournaments of the season, the BMW Championship and The Tour Championship. His eighth place in the final FedEx Cup classification secured him entry to all the majors.