Kayakers Saúl Craviotto and Carlos Arévalo, leading the delegation of five canoeists in the semifinals, and the karate fighter Sandra Sánchez will look for the medals this Thursday at the Tokyo Olympic Games, on a day in which the women’s water polo team, against Hungary, and the men’s handball team, against Denmark, will play their way to the final and be guaranteed a medal.
In the Sea Forest Canal, the Catalan and the Galician -who will row together in the K4 500- got directly into the semifinals of the K1 200 test, and will seek in the second ‘semi’ a place among the eight who will fight in the final this Thursday. Craviotto aspires in the Japanese capital to dethrone fellow canoeist David Cal as the Spanish athlete with the most Olympic medals in history (5).
They will also have options Paco Cubelos and Iñigo Peña in K2 1,000, who advanced to the penultimate round without going through the quarters after winning their series and who aspire to fight for the medals. Antía Jácome, in C1 200, and Isabel Contreras, in K1 500, They will also row in their respective semi-finals.
The great hope of the day will be deposited in the Nippon Budokan, where the talaverana Sandra Sanchez, number one in the world in the kata modality, she is the great contender for gold in the Olympic premiere of karate before she disappears again from the program in Paris 2024.
Number one in the world kata ranking almost uninterrupted since 2014 and considered the best karate fighter in history by the World Karate Federation (WKF), she is looking for a medal to add to her more than 50 medals. What’s more, She is current world champion and sixteenth European champion.
In the Olympic Stadium, Asier Martínez will experience a historic final of 110 meters hurdles, marked by the absence of Orlando Ortega, silver in Rio, while Álvaro Martín, Miguel Ángel López and Diego García Carrera will fight for the medals in the 20 km march test.
What’s more, Ignacio Fontes, Adel Mechaal and Jesús Gómez will run in ‘semis’ for some of the tickets for the final of the 1,500 meters, and Jorge Ureña and María Vicente will continue with their respective decathlon and heptathlon tests, respectively.
As for the teams, the women’s water polo team and the men’s handball team face their semifinal matches, and in case of victory they would secure a medal and fight for gold. The ‘Guerreras del Agua ‘will face Hungary, and the’ Hispanics’ will have to fight against Denmark for exceeding its Olympic ceiling.
For his part, at the Aomi Urban Sports Park, Alberto Ginés from Extremadura will compete in the final of the climbing combination, after getting sixth in the classification on Tuesday.
Also, female golfers Carlota Ciganda and Azahara Muñoz They will try to maintain their great performance at the premiere of their sport in Tokyo, while Alberto Martínez will open the day in the 10 km open water swimming event. Aleix Heredia will also debut in the fencing event in the modern pentathlon and the ‘skaters’ Danny León and Jaime Mateu in the ‘park’ modality.
Schedules of the Spanish athletes for Thursday, August 5 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and medal options (peninsular time):
23.30 (TUESDAY IN SPAIN) Open water swimming (ALBERTO MARTÍNEZ -10 km male-).
00.30 Golf (CARLOTA CIGANDA AND AZAHARA MUÑOZ). ** Could be made with medals.
2.00 Athletics (2.16 JORGE UREÑA -decathlon-, 2.40 MARÍA VICENTE -heptathlon-, 4.55 ASIER MARTÍNEZ -110 m hurdles-, ÁLVARO MARTÍN, MIGUEL ÁNGEL LÓPEZ AND DIEGO GARCÍA CARRERA -20 km march- and 13.00 IGNACIO FECHAAL, ADELÚSHAAL GÓMEZ -1,500 m-).
2.00 Skateboarding (2.00 DANNY LEÓN AND JAIME MATEU -park-).
2.30 Canoeing (2.37 SAÚL CRAVIOTTO Y CARLOS ARÉVALO -K1 200-, 2.51 ANTÍA JÁCOME -C1 200-, 2.58 ISABEL CONTRERAS -K1 500- and 3.34 PACO CUBELOS E IÑIGO PEÑA -K2 1.000-).
** Could be made with medals.
3.00 Karate (3.00 SANDRA SÁNCHEZ -kata-). ** Could be done with medals.
6.00 Modern Pentathlon (9.30 ALEIX HEREDIA).
10.30 Climbing (10.30 ALBERTO GINÉS -combined-).
12.50 SPAIN – HUNGARY (WATERPOLO FEMENINO). ** They could guarantee a medal if they win and thus reach the final.
14.00 SPAIN – DENMARK (MEN’S HANDBALL). ** They could guarantee a medal if they win and thus reach the final.