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More medals and first place finishes for G4S 4teen athletes

Mariana Pajon and Juan Maegli take home medals at the pan american games while Haile Gebrselassie is the first-ever champion of the Great Birmingham run
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BMX World Champion and G4S 4teen athlete Mariana Pajón cruised to victory last weekend at the track in Code Saint Nicholas, Guadalajara, Mexico, winning a gold medal for her home country of Colombia. Mariana dominated her heat with the fastest qualifying time in a strong American field.

The world number one was the favourite going into the competition and once she took the lead she never gave it up, recording the fastest three times on the course through the heats and winning the final by 2.5 seconds.

Mariana has been named Colombian Sports Woman of the Year for the second successive year and can add the victory at the Pan Americans to her already impressive list of achievements. She now has her sights firmly set on London 2012 where she hopes to bring home the gold for Colombia.

G4S 4teen’s young sailing star Juan Maegli took bronze in the Laser sailing category this Sunday at the Pacific Ocean resort of Puerto Vallerta in Mexico. Juan has sailed fantastically all week, topping it off with a second place finish in the final of 10 points races on Sunday, clinching the podium position.

G4S 4teen’s latest recruit, Peruvian swimmer Sebastián Jahnsen was also competing at the Pan American Games against some of the world’s best swimmers from the United States. Sebastián had an exhausting competition schedule taking on the 1500m, 400m and 200m freestyle events, the 200m individual medley as well as the, 4 x 200, 4 x 100m freestyle and 4 x 100 Individual Medley relays. He reached the final for both the 400m and 200m freestyle races.

Also competing last week was G4S 4teen ambassador and distance running legend Haile Gebrselassie, who travelled to the UK to take on the Great Birmingham Run, the first ever in the BUPA Series.

After failing to complete the last month's Berlin Marathon due to an inflammation of his windpipe, Haile bounced back to winning form with a runaway victory on Sunday.

Content to follow the comfortable pace set by Essa Rashed from Quatar in the early stages of the race, Haile showed no signs of the breathing problems he experienced in Berlin and turned on the power between seven and eight miles to finish in a time of 1:01:29, leaving the rest of the pack far behind.

"It was a fantastic race for me except for the wind and it was really hard between 11 and 12 miles. It reminded me of the sort where I do my training back home in Addis Ababa," said Haile

Congratulations to each of the G4S athletes that competed last weekend and achieved some fantastic results.