Madaí Pérez - Career


Her first full marathon race was the 2003 Chicago Marathon, where she finished twelfth in 2:31:34 hours. She finished fifth over 10,000 metres at the 2003 Pan American Games. She won the Bolder Boulder 10K race in 2004, and also won the Guadalajara Half Marathon that year in the first of three consecutive wins. In 2005 she finished eleventh in the marathon at the World Championships in a personal best time of 2:26:50 hours, and sixth at the 2005 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. In 2006 she finished fourth at the Chicago Marathon in a new Mexican record time of 2:22:59 hours. In the 2007 Boston Marathon she came in third (2:30:16). At the World Championships of Athletics in Osaka 2007, Japan she finished in 15th position, thus being the best female Latin American participant (2:35:17). The old record belonged to Adriana Fernández.

At the 2008 Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitation at Stanford she finished sixth in the 10,000 meters. with a personal best of 31:30:23. In Ixtapa, Mexico on May 11, 2008, she qualified for the Olympic Marathon in a 30 km trial, finishing in first position (1:45:05), followed by Dulce Maria Rodriguez and Patricia Retiz who also will form part of the team for Beijing. On June 7, Perez finished six seconds behind winner Hilda Kibet in 32:49 for second place at the New York Mini 10K. In her last competition on July 27, 2008 before the Olympic Games, Madai finished second in the New York Half Marathon behind Catherine Ndereba and improved her personal best: 1:10:26. On August 17, 2008, Madaí finished 19th on the Olympic Marathon in Beijing – her time was 2:31:47.

Since 2002 Pérez is coached by Germán Silva, champion 1994-1995 NY City Marathon. She is married to fellow marathon runner Odilón Cuahutle and they have a son Kenjiro. She had her second child, Kenia, in May 2009. She returned successfully to participate in a few competitions at the end of 2009 in Mexico. She ran her PR in the NY Half Marathon on March 21: 1:09:45 finishing in third position. In April she ran the 2010 Boston Marathon however due to an infection wasn't able to run a good time.

Madai returned to compete in the New York City Marathon on November 7 and finished in ninth place with a time of 2:29:53, a few minutes behind the winner. She defeated Kara Goucher to win the Arizona Half Marathon in January 2011 with a time of 1:11:49. Madai ran the Half Marathon of Guadalajara on February 20th in a time of 1:13:26 (3rd) and one month later participated in the Half Marathon of NY (1:11:12) in 10th place. Qualifying for the Panamerican Games in October, she ran the London Marathon on April 17th in 2:27:02. Two months later she participated in the Father's Day Half Marathon in Puebla,obtaining a victory. Consecutively Madai ran two races in the U.S.A. On July the 4th she participated in the Peachtree 10k one of the largest 10k's in the world, running a time of 32:57 (7th place) and July 30st she came in at fourth place (38:33). She continued preparing herself for the Panamerican Games in Veracruz and obtained an easy victory in the Half Marathon of Atlas Colomos on Sept. 4th. At the Panamerican Games Madai got the silver medal in the marathon. At the beginning of 2012 in March she competed in the NY City Half Marathon running 1:10 her 2nd. fastest time. April 20th at the Mountsac Relays participating in the 5000 mts she finished second with a PB of 15:41. Previous to her specific preparation for the London Olympics she ran the 10.000 mts in the Payton Jordan Invitational in Stanford finishing with a time of 32:27.

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