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Spanish athletics hopes to add another Olympic place with one of the five relays that on May 1 and 2 will participate in the 2021 Silesian World Championships. The Polish town of Chorzow will host an event this weekend in which Spain will be represented in the 4 × 100 female and male, 4 × 400 female and male and 4 × 400 mixed events. In total, 26 athletes, among which the coach José Peiró will have to make his final choice.
For the Tokyo Olympics the first eight countries classified in each relay will be classified. In the event that any of these countries already have the Olympic classification assured, having been a finalist in the last World Cup, the place would remain vacant and it would be assigned to the closing of the ranking on June 29, 2021.
In addition, the first ten of the 4 × 100 relay and the 4 × 400 relay, as well as the first twelve of the 4 × 400 mixed relay, They will also qualify for the 2022 Oregon World Cups, reported the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation (RFEA).
The 4 × 100 wants to make history
For the women’s 4 × 100, the challenge is enormous, since it has never competed in the Olympic Games. Estela García, Cristina Lara, Sonia Molina-Prados, María Isabel Pérez and Paula Sevilla will try to challenge history.
María Isabel Pérez, Estela García, Paula Sevilla and Cristina Lara They are the Spanish 4 × 100 record holders (43.31 at the 2018 Tarragona Mediterranean Games). That same summer, at the European Championship in Berlin, they also signed the second best Spanish brand in history (43.38).
In addition, Paula Sevilla and Cristina Lara are two of the members of the historic Bydgoszcz relay, which in 2017 was proclaimed European Under-23 champion, achieving the first international medal in the history of the women’s 4 × 100 with the best Spanish Under-20 brand. and under-23 (43.96).
The male 4 × 100, more experience
On the other hand, the Spanish relay that has played the most times in the Olympic Games has been the men’s 4 × 100, in a total of eight occasions.
In Silesia, Jesús Gómez, José González, Sergio López, Pol Retamal and Ángel David Rodríguez will look for the ticket to become the heirs of the Atlanta 1996 4 × 100, whose members (with the change of Javier Navarro for Carlos Berlanga) achieved the best position of a short relay in a World Championships.
Frutos Feo, Venancio José, Jordi Mayoral and Carlos Berlanga were seventh in 1997 (38.72), in a World Cup in whose semifinals they achieved a Spanish record of 38.60 that was in force for 16 years.
Among the five summoned is the absolute Spanish record holder of 4 × 100, Ángel David Rodríguez (38.46 in 2013), who at 41 just turned 41 is the oldest athlete to participate in the World Relay Championships.
The Madrilenian could add his absolute internationality number 56, which would allow him to enter the top-10 of always, since his debut in 2002.
Also part of the team are two of the U-20 4 × 100 record holders who achieved the bronze medal at the Grosseto European Championship in 2017 (39.59), Sergio López and Pol Retamal. Both are also 4 × 100 U-18 record holders (41.09 in 2016).
“Of the eight fourcentistas who travel to Silesia, four will do so to compete in the 4 × 400 and two will be part of the mixed relay. In the case of achieving the Olympic qualification, it would be the third time that the women’s 4 × 400 relay would compete in some Games, after the Barcelona 1992 and Sydney 2000 editions, “the RFEA recalled in a statement.
Bokesa leads the men’s 4 × 400
The four members of the 4 × 400 who achieved third place in the Mediterranean Games in Tarragona in 2018 (3: 31.54), with the sixth best mark in history, will travel to Silesia. They were Laura Bueno, Herminia Parra, Carmen Sánchez and Aauri Lorena Bokesa.
Also part of the team are two Spanish leaders of the year, Bárbara Camblor in 400m (53.99) and Sara Gallego in 400mv (57.83). Completing the list of eight are Andrea Jiménez, current 400m outdoor champion; and Carmen Avilés, national record holders of the mixed relay.
As in the women’s field, the Spanish team for the 4 × 400 is made up of eight athletes, of which four will compete in the men’s relay and two in the mixed one. The presence of Darwin Andrés Echeverry stands out, the current record holder in both mixed 4 × 400 (3: 20.47 in 2019) and in men’s 4 × 400 (3: 00.65 in 2017).
Spindles in command
The “Spanish Beatles”, led by Óscar Husillos, the recent European indoor champion, will go to Silesia in full with the aim of returning the men’s 4 × 400 to the Olympic Games seventeen years after Athens 2004.
“Óscar Husillos, Lucas Búa, Darwin Andrés Echeverry and Samuel García were fifth in the 2017 World Cup in London, with a Spanish record included (3: 00.65), the same year in which they achieved a historic triumph in the European Championship of national teams. de Lille ”, remarked the RFEA.
It will also be the second time that Samuel García, also a 4 × 400 sub-23 record holder in 2013, 3: 05.28, and Lucas Búa participate in some World Championships, after doing so in the 2015 edition.
The team is completed by Manuel Guijarro, leader of the season in 400m (46.65); Julio Arenas, a World Cup player in Doha in the relay; and Adrián Rocandio, current absolute relay champion of Spain with his club, Real Sociedad. The latter is the son of the great 80s sprinter Valentín Rocandio, a member of the Spanish relay at that time.
Finally, among the possible components of the mixed relay could be found some of the Spanish record holders, all of them present in Silesia. Andrea Jiménez, Darwin Andrés Echevarry, Carmen Avilés and Bernat Erta registered their names at the top of the national ranking by stopping the clock at 3: 20.47 in the European Championship of national teams in Bydgoszcz (August 2019).
They also have a good record in the mixed relay Carmen Sánchez and Aauri Lorena Bokesa, who were Spanish record holders of the mixed 4 × 400 for just over a month (3: 20.55 in June 2019).
For his part, the president of the RFEA, Raúl Chapado, will be present at these championships as president of the Jury of Appeal.
Schedules and television
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