Thursday, July 7

These are the four best medal options for Spain in athletics


Athletics, the queen competition of the Tokyo Olympics, start at dawn from Thursday to Friday in Spain. The Spanish team has few medal options. Four athletes gather the best possibilities.

Orlando Ortega, 110 hurdles

The Hispanic Cuban is not living his best athletic year but he is a great competitor and has gone from less to more. As the current Olympic runner-up on the high hurdles in the Rio Games, their competition will have to be carefully followed from the first day until the end of the next August 5, to see if he is able to repeat his success of 5 years ago after a long injury from which he fortunately seems to have recovered. His technique on the fences is exquisite.

Mohamed Katir, 5,000 meters

Katir is the athletic sensation of the year, not only in Spain. His three national records in 5,000, 1,500 and 3,000, in this order and achieved in 33 days, just before the Games, place him among the favorites for gold in the final scheduled for the next 6th August. The Mula runner, the son of a Moroccan immigrant who came to the Peninsula in patera, has shown signs of enjoying himself in an extraordinary way before going to Tokyo. Capable of shifting at high rates in a race that will presumably be highly tactical, Katir aims to be among the favorites on the podium.

Jesús Ángel García Bragado, 50K march

The march is the most awarded Spanish athletics specialty, and a baby-boomer of the sixties, its most representative figure: Chuso García Bragado, the Marble Man, the walker who over 50 dares for the eighth time in an Olympic Games with the 50 kilometers, a test so hard that it is about to disappear. A sports legend ready to finish his Olympic career in Sapporo, where the march and the marathon are disputed, safe from the heat and humidity in Tokyo Bay.

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Ana Peleteiro, triple jump

The Galician, with 14.61 meters, is tenth in the ranking of the year, far behind the Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas (15.43), leader of the season and top favorite for gold. The chances of a medal for the Spanish athlete who shares training with the American, in Guadalajara, and coach, the Cuban Iván Pedroso, are scarce, but Peleteiro has already shown signs of genius and quality, she is a great competitor in important and important events. has the resources to know how to take advantage of a podium opportunity if it presents itself.

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