Tuesday, September 21

Spain wants to have breakfast with the first Tokyo 2020 medals



At dawn, on the mat at the Nippon Budokan, the judo action began, where Spain hopes to shine.The first tricks are Julia Figueroa, at -49 kilos, and Fran Garrigós at -60 kilos, two judocas who arrive encouraged by their last good results, since both were bronze medals in the last World Cup. The Cordovan, fifth in the ranking, and the Madrid, sixth in the world, will try to reach the fight for the medals, which will close in the morning in Spain.

Among combat sports there will also be the first options in taekwondo, where the young and promising Adriana Cerezo will debut at -49 kilos and Adrián Vicente at -58 kilos, hoping to be on the podium. His final rounds will be at noon in Spain.

In addition, there will also be options in cycling, which opens its calendar with the long-distance road test, where all eyes are on Alejandro Valverde. The 41-year-old from Murcia seeks to close his enormous record with the only medal he is missing and will be accompanied by the Izagirre brothers, Omar Fraile and Jesús Herrada, in a race that is tough and with expensive medals due to the level of rivals such as Tadej Pogacar, Wout van Aert, Remco Evenepoel, Julian Alaphilippe or Mathieu van der Poel, and for the difficulty of controlling it.

After yesterday’s scare, in which the Spanish team’s contest was in doubt due to the positive in covid-19 of one of the masseurs, Valverde and company may be from the party, having all given negative in PCR tests carried out in such a way urgent. Valverde, therefore, will be in his fifth Olympic event: 47th in 2004, 13th in 2008, 18th in 2012 and 30th in 2016. In Spanish memory, the gold of Samuel Sánchez in Beijing.

Today the swimmer Mireia Belmonte will also debut, winner of four medals between London and Rio, and who will try to qualify for the final of the 400 styles, where she was bronze in 2016, although her form is unknown. At his side, Joan Lluis Pons will have the same objective in the men’s event.

Tennis, table tennis, badminton, rowing and men’s beach volleyball also kick off the competition this Saturday. Beatriz Ferrer-Salat will face her fifth Games at the premiere of Dressage together with Severo Jurado and José Antonio García.

Eldense José Quiles begins his complicated path towards medals


Finally, in team sports, the main point of attention will be at 9:15 am, at the Yoyogi National Stadium where Spain and Germany will meet in men’s handball. In addition, the women’s water polo team will play (11:20 hours) against South Africa and the first to appear will be the men’s field hockey team, at dawn, against Argentina.

Eldense boxer José Quiles begins the featherweight competition today, with his First Round fight that will measure the Irishman Kurt Walker. Quiles, who was hopeful of being able to fight to get on the podium in Tokyo 2020, was not lucky in the draw for his box, since in case of overcoming this first fight he will have to face the Uzbek Mirzakhalilov, world champion in 2019 and that he is exempt from competing today.

Néstor Abadcapitanea the artistic gymnastics team

The Spanish artistic gymnastics team will try to get into the Tokyo 2020 final, having already achieved a good result, achieving the place to compete in Japan.

Néstor Abad from Alcoy, who will play his second Games, captains a team that also includes Thierno Diallo, Nicolau Mir and Joel Plata. The top eight teams will make it to the final.

Eldense José Quiles begins his complicated path towards medals

Eldense boxer José Quiles begins the featherweight competition today, with his First Round fight that will measure the Irishman Kurt Walker. Quiles, who was hopeful of being able to fight to get on the podium in Tokyo 2020, was not lucky in the draw for his box, since in case of overcoming this first fight he will have to face the Uzbek Mirzakhalilov, world champion in 2019 and that he is exempt from competing today.

VALENTÍ ENRICH



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