Mario García beats Katir and Mechaal and is proclaimed champion of Spain

the man from Salamanca Mario Garcia Romo The 22-year-old broke all odds and was proclaimed the 1500-meter champion in one of the most eagerly-awaited finals of the Spanish Athletics Championship, which was held this weekend in Nerja (Malaga). The young student at the American University of Ole Miss, who was proclaimed United States university champion in the mile in March, beat the Murcian Mohamed Katir y Adel Mechaal, the two favorites of the competition. “I don’t believe it. It’s the best race of my life. It’s the result of a lot of work. I’ve dreamed of this all my life,” he said. Garcia Romo at the end of the race.

The man from Salamanca, who with 3.45.52 achieved the minimum for the European Championships in Munich (Germany) in August, was well placed when Katir He attacked on the last lap, held off the Murcian’s stride and overtook him in the last 50 metres. Katir, national record holder of the 1,500 meters, had to settle for silver with a time of 3:35.85 and almost lost that position, because the man from Granada Ignacio Fontesbronze, was only nine hundredths away from catching up.

On the other hand, the Catalan Adel MechaaHe, who aspired to win the 5,000 and 1,500 titles, was left off the podium after collapsing in the last 200 meters and finished fourth in Nerja with 3:36.60, with which he closed his participation with the silver on Saturday in the 5,000.

The triumph of the university mario garcia was one of the highlights of the last day, in which the man from Salamanca Alvaro from Abovethe best Spanish athlete in the 800 meters this season with a time of 1.44.85, was proclaimed e of the distance and won his call for the World Cups in July in Eugene (United States), in a historic final with five athletes with a World Cup minimum.

Above won with a great mark of 1.45.82, championship record, with the Galician Adrian Ben, fifth in Tokyo 2020, as national runner-up with 1:46.01, and Mariano García, bronze with 1.46.04. The lion is Saul Ordoneznational record holder of the distance with 1:43.65, reached the finish line in fourth position, and the Madrid native Pablo Sanchez-Valladares finished fifth. The top three finishers should form the 800m team for Eugene, but the final decision will be made by the Spanish coach, José Peiró.

Oscar Husillos, For his part, he won the fifth title of champion of Spain in the 400 meters, in a show of strength in the final, where, with 45.45, he also made the best spanish brand of the season and achieved the minimum for the European in Munich (Germany).

Other marks of the championship were starred by the FC Barcelona athlete. Pol Retamal. With a time of 20:28 she achieved the second best historical markthe fifth best of the year in Europe, which qualifies him for the European Championships in Munich, although he remains 4 hundredths of the minimum for the World Cup.

The junior world champion, Jordan Diaz broke the Spanish record again, beating his own world record jumper of the year, with a mark of 17.93. Recently nationalized by letter of nature, Díaz surpassed Paul Torrijoswho made a best jump of 16.72, and had to settle for silver.

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The Catalan Sarah Gallego won the final of the 400 hurdles and won the title, setting a new national record on Saturday with a time of 54.34, which exceeds the 54.87 that she achieved two weeks ago in La Nucía (Alicante). It is the third best European brand of the year, and tenth in the world. “I have done exactly what she wanted to do. I have gone out to enjoy, to be ambitious and for the record. That dream of being among the best is getting closer,” she assured after the brand.

The Sevillian sprinter also set the record for the championships Maribel Pérez in the 100 meters, by achieving a record of 11.20 in the second series of the quarterfinals and surpassing the time of 11.29 that she set herself last year in the Nacional held in Getafe. Besides, she stayed this Saturday one hundredth away from equaling the historical national record of 100 meters held by Sandra Myers (11.06) for almost 31 years, by making a spectacular time of 11.07 in the semifinal with which she achieved the minimum for the World Championships.

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