Thursday, October 21

Belén Toimil smashes Spain’s weight record and goes to the European final

His gesture of disbelief, putting his hands to his head seconds after his first launch, already said it all. In its premiere in the weight classification of the European Indoor Athletics Championships, in Torun (Poland), the Galician Bethlehem Toimil he pulverized the Spanish record with a mark of 18.64 meters, surpassing his best personal performance by more than 70 centimeters, and with that launch he qualified directly for the final this Friday (7:00 p.m. Teledeporte) and also obtained the minimum that ensure qualification for the Tokyo Olympics.

The athlete from Mugardos in A Coruña, whom she trains Carlos Burón, he had no need to continue competing and with his 18.64 shot, the fourth best mark in Europe this year, he broke one of the oldest records, that of Martina de la Puente (17.94) who turned 25 on February 25.

Toimil, 26 years old, she had just been proclaimed champion of Spain in Madrid with a pitch of 17.81, shortly after achieving in Barcelona, ​​on February 6, 17.86, a mark that has clearly improved in her first indoor European Championship , to become the fourth Spanish in history to win a place in the final and with which she greatly raised her expectations, since it was the third best mark of the participants.

Three more finalists

The Madrilenian Lucia Rodriguez expanded the good news of the Spanish team in Torun, qualifying for the 3,000m final with a mark of 8.56.71, his personal best, which gave him one of four play-offs, while Marta Garcia, which also achieved a personal best (9.02.00) and Blanca Fernandez (9.11.06) were eliminated.

The Burgos Jesus gomez and the grenadian Ignacio Fontes, for their part, they also managed to qualify for the final of 1,500 meters (9:30 p.m.), while the third Spanish representative, Abderrahman El Khayami, was left out after breaking down in the last series (3.49.34). Gomez, who was already bronze two years ago in Glasgow, and started with the second best record of the participants, dominated the first series with enormous authority with a time of 3.40.75. Fontes also showed enormous control of his series, in which he prevailed with a time of 3.38.68 minutes.

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Gómez and Fontes will meet the great favorite of the middle background, the Norwegian Jakob Ingebrigtsen, silver two years ago in Glasgow at 1,500, gold in 3,000, who is looking for a double in a splendid state at this meeting in Poland, as demonstrated this past February 9 by setting a new European record with 3.31.80 at the Lievin athletic rally.

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