The Mexican lived his last Olympic Games, and although he did not achieve a medal, he closed his career as a professional athlete in a final.
At dawn on Tuesday, August 3, Mexico witnessed the last performance of Rommel Pacheco in the Olympic Games.
The 2020 Tokyo dive pit was the perfect setting for the legendary athlete to say goodbye to a 25-year career.
Although Pacheco did not achieve a medal for the delegation, the Aztec diver finished in a final in position number 6.
In the competition held at the Tokyo Aquatic Center, the Mexican concluded with a final score of 428.75.
The atmosphere was filled with nostalgia when Rommel made his last dive, got out of the pool, and burst into tears with his coach.
Pacheco's action did not go unnoticed by Internet users, who decided to stay awake to observe a great goodbye.
Through Twitter, thousands of users turned to the athlete trend and dedicated various memes full of sadness, emotion, and nostalgia.
Mexicans relived the epic scene from "Toy Story" where "Woody" says goodbye to his longtime friend "Andy" with the phrase "Goodbye Cowboy."
And it is that the nighttime of Mexico did not impede the fans from bursting into tears and show their nostalgia.
Rommel showed his great level throughout his participation, but a flawed execution cost Rommel Pacheco dearly in the penultimate jump. By not tightening the clasp, he spread his legs early. Therefore, it caused his feet to enter the vertical of the leap out of phase. As a result, his entrance to the water was not clean, and he splashed a lot of water.
The judges did not forgive that detail, and the Mexican added scores of four; with a score of 33.20, his fifth jump took him to position number 9 of the 12 finalist competitors. For that moment, that jump meant an essential element to place in the first place and aspire to a third place.
Failing to do so, the medal chances slipped away. But it was not an obstacle for the Mexican to close his sixth and final dive with a brilliant performance that gave him a score of 96.90. As soon as Rommel got out of the water, the attendees of the aquatic enclosure applauded Rommel's announced retirement
At the close of the first round, Pacheco Marrufo was in the number 4 position, below British Jack Laugher and Chinese Xie Siyi and Wang Zongyuan. Although there were still five more presentations left, the Mérida Yucatán-born athlete was not far from the podium and kept fighting.
The third jump came, and Rommel obtained a score of 73.10 in the sum of the judges' contributions. By that time, the Mexican knew that his qualification did not favor him in fighting for the Olympic medal.
He was still below the world powers, and as the rest of the competitors came out and presented their best jumps, the outlook for the Mexican politician also began to complicate. By the middle of the final, Rommel finished in 6th place with a cumulative score of 219.40.
He had already been surpassed by the representative of the Russian committee, Evgenii Kuznetsov, and by the Korean Woo Haram, who also retired in these Olympic Games. Rommel had to press his last dives to sneak into third place on the podium.
For the fourth jump, with medium difficulty, the 35-year-old diver presented a performance that allowed him to obtain 79.20 points for round number 4 . Until that moment, he accumulated 298.60 points.
His last two performances did not reach him to climb more steps in the previous final classification of his sports career.
The Chinese Xie Siyi hung the medals, and Wang Zongyuan taking 1 and 2 gold and silver; in third place was the British Jack Laugher.