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In The News: Colombia Hails Rodriguez's British Open Win

Colombia has been celebrating since Miguel Angel Rodriguez made history to become the first South American player to win the historic British Open title.

The World No.14 from Bogota had a sensational run at the tournament where he defeated three-time World Champion Ramy Ashour, former World No.3 Omar Mosaad, World No.2 Ali Farag and 'giant killer' Raphael Kandra before going onto topple World No.1 and reigning World Champion Mohamed ElShorbagy in an epic 102-minute final to go down in the history books and claim his first World Series title.

The reaction in Rodriguez's home country and South America as a whole has been huge and the man himself still can't believe what he has achieved.

“I am very proud of what I achieved in my sports career,” said the 32-year-old days after his win in Hull.

“The support from the Colombian media has been incredible! I have received messages from all over the world!

“This historic achievement put me on the radio, TV and newspapers in Colombia. I even received a message from the Colombian President congratulating me publicly!

“It’s a lot of mixed feelings… knowing that I became the best athlete in a racket sport in Colombia by claiming the British Open title.

“I am looking forward to being back in Colombia to be able to express my gratitude to all the supporters and keep giving the best of me I what I love doing the most.

“I am very grateful for everyone’s messages of support and affection, this is what makes me the happiest!”

The President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos added his congratulations to Rodriguez following his ground-breaking win: “'Great Weekend for Colombian sport. Congratulations to Miguel Angel Rodriguez on becoming the first Latin American player who wins the British Open Title.”


Here, we take a look at some more reaction in the media in Colombia and South America…

EL ESPECTADOR: "A historic triumph: Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, British Open Champion"

VANGUARDIA LIBERAL: "Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez is the new “King” of the British Open"

DEPORTES RCN: "History! Miguel Angel Rodriguez conquers the British Open squash"

RCN RADIO: "In a heart-stopping final, the Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez beat the Egyptian Mohamed ElShorbagy to become the first Latin Squash player to win the “Wimbledon of Squash” Crown."

MARCA CLARO: "First World Series title for Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez who is amongst the best squash players in the world and has placed the Colombian flag high in this prestigious English tournament."

LA LIBERTAD: "Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez champion of British Open squash"