News : Chiki’s Olympic warning and Melero’s heroism in the 10,000 National
The pamplonesa Maitane Melero, for the third time in her career, and the city of Real Juan Antonio Pérez, for the second time, were proclaimed this Saturday in Torrevieja (Alicante) champions of Spain of 10,000 meters. In the women’s event, Maitane Melero, from the Grupoempleo Pamplona club, who suffered a fracture of the sacral vertebra three weeks ago when playing with her son, won with a record of 33: 07.96 and sealed her third title, which joins the achieved in 2018 and 2019.
The 3-year-old from Pamplona8 years old and who was runner-up in 2017 and 2020, beat Edymar Brea, from Ourense Atletismo (33: 09.93) and of Venezuelan origin, by almost two seconds, and by more than three to the long distance runner from Valls (Barcelona) Marta Galimany (Adidas), who completed the podium (33: 11.41 ).
An accident three weeks ago
“Three weeks ago I had an accident. I broke my fifth sacral and my entire goal was truncated. Miraculously, thanks to the physios, I have managed to recover. Running here has been a gift. I don’t believe it, ”Melero told the RFEA.
Juan Antonio Pérez Moreno, from CA Cárnicas Serrano, from Ciudad Real, was the best in the men’s race, winning very clearly with a mark of 27: 59.45, his best personal record.
“The race has been a roller coaster. I thought I was going to DJ, then I recovered. When there was one kilometer left, I saw that it was possible to go below 28, the goal I had alongside being a champion, ”said Pérez in statements released by the RFEA.
After Chiki Pérez, 32 years old and champion previously in 2017, Jesús Ramos (AA Moratalaz) finished second in 28: 23.89, and Raúl Celada (Numantino Athletics), third with a record of 28: 25.10.
In this race, the first five classified achieved a minimum for the European Cup. In addition to the three on the podium, Jorge Blanco (28: 25.76) and Yago Rojo (28: 31.85) achieved it.