He began to tremble and the movement became eternal. It was the afternoon of Monday, June 14, 2004. We were in the Mexico City Museum and they were about to deliver to each of the Olympic torch players and their escorts, the shirts, pants and briefcases that we would use when the Olympic Flame arrived in Mexico, coming from Rio de Janeiro Brazil.
The event was led by the sports authorities of the Mexican capital and executives of several companies that sponsored the passage of the Olympic torch by national territory.
Inside the museum we all began to exchange glances, some more nervous than others, and the official who led the ceremony had to take a brief pause and immediately ask those gathered there to calm down: “Do not be nervous, especially those who do not come from Mexico City and are not used to this…”.
Fortunately, little by little the intensity of the shaking began to decrease.
Among the torchists gathered in the place stood out Henrietta Basilio, the first woman to light an Olympic cauldron – in 1968, in the Mexico City Games-, and next to her, don Joaquin Capilla, the greatest Mexican diver of all time, winner of four Olympic medals in London1948; Helsinki 1952 Y Melbourne 1956. For Nuevo León we would participate Silvia Andonie, ultramarchista, and the one who writes this.
The event ended and the 120 torch players, along with our escorts, were summoned for that same night to a dinner in which we would be assigned the 400-meter stretch that we would be required to run carrying the Torch.
The Olympic Fire had embarked on its 78 thousand kilometer journey on March 25 on Mount Olympus, from Greece, and would make the longest journey in its history for 78 days on a journey that would include for the first time Africa Y South America.
As it passes through the Mexico City, on June 15, 2004, 120 torchists were to move it in sections of 400 meters, from Ciudad Universitaria, passing through the center of Coyoacan, the World Trade Center, the National Auditorium and the Independence Monument, to finish the tour in the Zócalo.
The last 400 meters would be covered by the Mexican sprinter Ana Gabriela Guevara, world champion of the 400 meters, and the longest-lived torch player, Mrs. Chayito, Rosario Iglesias, Veterans World Champion.
On Monday night they let us know which section we would have to run. I would have to cover the 400 meters along Avenida Miguel Ángel de Quevedo —between Calle Alfa and Alberto Jiménez— in Coyoacán.
The next morning, Tuesday, June 15, 2004, they woke us up at 05:30 and at 06:00 sharp, they transferred the first 15 torch players to Ciudad Universitaria to wait for the moment when the transfer of the Calls.
I covered the 400 meters by jogging in a time of 5 minutes and 13 seconds, the former football player from UNAM accompanied me as an escort, Joaquin Castillo, and on some 400-meter routes we share the Olympic Torch, bearer of the flame, considered the most revered symbol of the Games.
I was the torch player ranked 12th in progressive order; I received the torch from a professor in Science of the UNAM and I gave it to the former Mexican medalist Jesús Mena, double Olympic champion in diving – Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988-.