There is absolutely nothing that a determined woman cannot achieve. Ana Carrasco, a 20-year-old Spaniard, has scripted history by becoming the first woman to win a world bike championship race. The Autodromo Internacional do Algarve race took place in Portugal on Sunday (Sept 18).

“I think the number of women will increase, but in the end in the world championships there is a great level, which makes it complicated.”

Know more about Carrasco:

  • She started riding at the age of 3.
  • Carrasco started racing professionally in 2013. She was 16 years old at that time. She scored her first point at Sepang the same year.
  • The Autodromo race Carrasco was participating in is part of a lower-tier series, created to provide opportunities for promising riders.
  • She was riding a Kawasaki motorcycle at the event.
  • Her circuit is considered to be one of the most challenging circuits in the calendar. There were 11 laps and the top three were separated by only the tenth of a second.
     

  •  She won the race by just one-third of a second

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“I am very happy about this result,” Carrasco told World SBK. “I want to share it with all my team. We have worked very hard and we have been making progress in each race.”

“Women will never be a majority, this is clear,” Carrasco said. “I think the number of women will increase, but in the end in the world championships there is a great level, which makes it complicated.”

It feels great to see women winning accolades in sports like this one which are usually male-dominated. While one can’t deny that a handful of women take part in these sports, Ana Carrasco’s victory affirms the fact that there is nothing women can’t do.

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 Picture credit: BBC
 
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