Ines Melchor comes from a minority of non indigenous people in Huancavelica - in other words - from the Mestizo people (Spanish dominant blood). Situated at 3,600m above sea level, Melchor, and other athletes from the region, always had the altitude advantage from birth.
Huancavelica, is one of the poorer cities in Peru, in part because the majority of indigenous people there, have always battled to get to the top in the economic ranks in Peru, up till now. The leaders in Peru, are overwhelmingly mestizos, and white in appearance, not indigenous.
With the example and emulation of Morales - the Bolivian head of State, there is something to be learned there, even though in Bolivia, the Santa Cruz area of Bolivia (largely mestizo/spanish blood - wanted to separate from the highland area), but forgive the digression.
Back to Melchor - had she had the training facilities of something like Salazar's project - she might have been even better than her 15:30/31:56/2:26.
Peru - the new Kenya and Ethiopia - the jury is still out..
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