Thursday, September 23

The Spanish drought worsens in Japan

Hugo González, out of the final of the 200 styles.

Hugo González, out of the final of the 200 styles.

The Spanish fans that get up early to watch the Olympic Games on television are beginning to get used to failures and disappointments. In some cases because too high expectations are set and in others, because performance and circumstances do not accompany to collect a large harvest of medals.

It is not possible to speak of disappointment in the case of swimming, where the positions that the three Spanish finalists have signed have had much merit. It is difficult to opt for more in such a competitive and specialized sport, almost a matter of state in North America, where universities and schools forge golds in backstroke, butterfly or breaststroke from the first years of adolescence.

In Spain the deficit in the number of licenses is evident and an urgent reform is urgently needed to improve results, with the majority of national swimming stilettos training and training far from our borders (Hugo González or Mireia Belmonte). Yesterday it was not possible to demand much more from young Nico García, who leaves with a diploma at the age of 19 and already dreams of more in Paris.

There was also no reason for ijoin in with privileged places in the canoeing channel, where Llorente fulfilled his classification for the final. In boxing, it was possibly naive to believe too much in Jalidov’s options, who had to dance with a criminal cadre and found a punching cart at his crossroads with the most favorite Kataev, which left him without a medal in the quarterfinals. So all the options of the day were set by the national delegation to what ‘El prophet’ Emmanuel Reyes did. A phenomenon that starred in one of the high points of the day in his high-voltage combat against the Cuban Julio César de la Cruz. Big words.

Emmanuel Reyes (in red) celebrating his pass to the quarterfinals after knocking down Kazakh Vassily Levit. Reuters

Yet another day, the happiest news came from the island of Enoshima, where the national fleet is aiming for four podiums in the 49ers, the men’s 470 and the Finn class. Yesterday the behavior of the boat commanded by the Catalan Jordi Xammar, which houses options for everything; and Tamara Echegoyen gave a masterful lesson in the management of her operations, demonstrating that her experience in high competition is crucial to maneuver successfully even in the most adverse circumstances. It smells like gold.

And while Spain is looking for medals with which to alleviate its drought and balance its accounts, the weekend puts the athletic events and the Tokyo Olympic Stadium in the forefront of the escarapate, where the cauldron shines since the local Osaka, already eliminated, lit it of the tennis table. In the men’s tournament, the Asturian Pablo Carreño is still alive – although only with a bronze option. Nobody counted on his elimination at the hands of Russian Kachanov, but much less on the later fall of Novak Djokovic, from whom Zverev stole the dream of the ‘Golden Slam’. Yesterday his star, that of one of the athletes with the greatest planetary impact of all those who have competed in Japan since the Games began.

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