Kevin López and Jesús Gómez say goodbye to Doha
Spain will not be represented on Sunday in the final of 1,500 of the world championships, after falling in the semifinals of Seville Kevin Lopez and the bourgeois Jesus Gomez, in both cases far from the positions that gave access to the last race.
Kevin Lopez, who had participated in four World Cups, all in 800, without having been able to overcome the first round, had acquired veteran consistency in 1,500 this year, and had ratified it in Doha, qualifying for positions for the semifinals, but the second round revealed He still needs to be with the best.
Faith in Kevin Lopez
In the final they spent the first five of each series and only two more times in the play. His mark this year (3: 34.83, the ninth of 13) and his good shot authorized him to compete with hopes of getting into the final, as Adel Mechaal - here eliminated in series - was in London, two years earlier.
The Sevillian sprinted with the shot to take the lead in the first 200 of the second series. Then he let the Kenyan Ronal Kwemoi, who covered 400 in 59.06 and 800 in 1: 59.23. The group was very close to penetrating the last turn. Kevin He was locked up, yielded a few meters and his sprint was rabid but weak. He finished tenth with 3: 37.56.
“I noticed yesterday's fatigue, I still felt good, but I still have many points to work in 1,500. One of them is to endure two races in a row with these changes of pace. The work I'm missing is a matter of time. The best thing is that I leave here knowing what I have to improve. I think it was a good test for Tokyo, ”he said Kevin Lopez in statements to Teledeporte.
Jesus ran out of legs
Jesus Gomez, with discomfort in an abductor that did not prevent him from overcoming the first sieve, he had reached the semifinals in his first World Cup. His mark of the season (3: 36.40) was the eleventh of three, so his options were not many, still being a bronze medalist in the Europeans in Glasgow, in March.
The Burgos appeared in the first race, launched by the Kenyan Timothy Cheruiyot, who did the whole test in the lead. Gomez He was well placed until the last turn, but in the curve he suddenly left the forces and, off the hook, crossed the finish line last with 3: 40.29. Cheruiyot, pulling from the start, had made the last 400 in 53 seconds.
“I paid for the race on Thursday, I saw myself without legs, I had no strength for the final change. They have left me and I have reached the goal as I have been able to, ”he said.