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Athlete profile: Crisanto Grajales Valencia

Athlete profile: Crisanto Grajales Valencia

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Crisanto
Grajales Valencia

Age
33
Weight
58kg
Height
166cm
Country
MEX
Position
14
Season rank
14

Key Career Results

2 x Olympian

Winner, Pan American Games Toronto (2015)

Multiple podiums at WTS

Biography

Despite strong success as a junior triathlete, Crisanto Grajales had to scrape for sponsorship, support, and training opportunities growing up in Mexico, a country known more for its boxers. This school of hard knocks shaped the kind of athlete he became: scrappy and doggedly determined.

He secured his second Olympics berth by out-sprinting Kevin McDowell by one second at the Pan American Games for an automatic spot in Rio, where he finished 12th. He also came second to Mario Mola at ITU Yokohama, overtaking Kristian Blummenfelt on the final lap of the run for a career-best podium. Crisanto fights for every finish; Super League Triathlon may yet be the fight of his life.