Tuesday, December 7

Eva Moral takes bronze in the PTWC triathlon class and Jairo Ruiz finishes eighth in PTS5

Eva Moral, about to reach the goal in the triathlon test

Eva Moral, about to reach the goal in the triathlon test

The Madrid triathlete Eva Moral extended the ‘party’ of the Spanish triathlon in Los Tokyo Paralympic Games, by winning the bronze medal in the PTWC category for people in wheelchairs and giving the Spanish delegation their fifteenth medal at the appointment, while the Almeria Jairo Ruiz, bronze in 2016, was eighth in the PTS5 category for people with physical disabilities.

The Spanish, debutant in some Games, maintained the good streak of the ‘Paratriarmada’, winner on Saturday of three medals, and that he leaves the Odaiba Marine Park with four medals from six possible tests, confirming the potential of the team, made up of seven athletes, and the expectations that had on him.

Moral, 39, started with options to be able to fight for metals and he knew how to overcome all the obstacles that he encountered in all the segments, except for the last one, the saddle race, where he carved out his valuable third place.

The Madrilenian was not able to initially find the buoy in the swimming test, but despite this, he faced the hand bike section in third place, with the first and second classified already outstanding.

Then in this segment, the Spanish woman lost the chain and lost precious timeAlthough she also showed mental strength not to get nervous and keep her chances of reaching the podium for the race. There, he found his rhythm to, first, regain third place and, later, open a gap important enough to enter the finish line excited and ‘relaxed’ after American Kendall Gretsch and Australian Lauren Parker, who settled for gold in an exciting final sprint.

On the other hand, there was not so much luck in the PTS5 test for triathletes with physical disabilities where the Spanish Jairo Ruiz, a bronze medalist five years ago on the Brazilian beach of Copacabana in the premiere of this sport in the program, could not be in the fight for the medals.

The Almerian acknowledged that he was surprised by how fast he went off in the 750-meter swim segment, from where he came seventh, and from there he could not reengage at any time in the front positions. Gold went to the favorite, German Martin Schulz, who defended his status as Paralympic champion.

Paralympic athlete Jairo Ruiz Reuters


“The feeling is logically bad, bittersweet. I have prepared to fight for everything, also for being eighth, but I am not satisfied at all. I think that because of my level and because of everything that I have trained and was finding, I could fight for more, so from next week I want to prepare for qualifying for Paris and get back on the podium of the Games, which is the greatest thing to aspire to, “he told the media.

The Spanish indicated that He was not “up to the task” and that since swimming he was already “out of the race”. “There are no excuses, the others have been better, you have to train more. A diploma is a great achievement for me and the Spanish triathlon, and I am delighted for my teammates,” admitted Ruiz.

“I run without a watch and I have no references to anythingWhen I return to Madrid we will analyze everything with my team, but I am sure that for a large part of the test I have been at the pace that I have trained, but what happens is that the others have gone tremendously fast. I wasn’t expecting that start in swimming and it caught me off guard, while in terms of weather, there was a lot of humidity, but we have been relatively lucky because it has not been sunny and I think I have done a good preparation in Almería. There are no excuses, I just had a bad day, “he said.


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