Laura García-Caro hangs bronze sub'23 of 20km march ... Four years later!
The Huelva-born Laura García-Caro will receive the bronze medal in the 20-kilometer march of the European Under-23 athletics held in Tallinn almost four years ago, in July 2015, for the doping disqualification of the Russian Maria Ponomariova, who won a test in the Spanish was fourth.
The Russian Athletics Federation (FRA) announced on Tuesday that the marcher Maria Ponomariova and the sprinter Alexandra Stepánova have been disqualified for violating the rules of doping.
"In correspondence with the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport of the city of Lausanne (Switzerland) of April 11, 2019, María Ponomariova violated the 'Use or attempt to use a banned substance' standard of the IAAF and was disqualified for four years, "says a note from the Russian entity.
According to the FRA, their sporting results achieved from July 8, 2015 to March 8, 2018 were canceled. This includes, for example, his victory in the 20-kilometer march of the 2015 U-23 Europeans held in the Estonian capital on July 10 of that year, two days after the start of his sanction.
Laura had been fourth in Estonia
Ponomariova, who achieved a mark of 1h.27: 17, hung gold ahead of the Czech Anezka Drahotová, silver with 1h.27: 25, and the Ukrainian Lyudmyla Olyanovska, bronze in 1h.28: 41, and with Laura Garcia-Caro fourth and a record of 1h.31: 52.
The cancellation of the results of Ponomariova award gold to Drahotová, silver to Olyanovska and bronze to López-Caro almost four years later. Last Sunday, in Alytus (Lithuania), the Huelva athlete was runner-up in the European Cup of 20 kilometers march and finished as the best Spanish for the third consecutive edition.
The marcher, 24 years old, was awarded the individual silver medal in the Baltic and gold for teams, along with Raquel González, in the 20 kilometers with its best record of the season, 1h.29: 55.
The first absolute internationality of García-Caro was precisely in the European Cup of March in Murcia in 2015 and finished tenth and best Spanish with a record of 1h.29: 32. Two years later, in Podebrady (Czech Republic), returned to be the best national to finish third, his first international medal, bronze that he achieved with a time of 1:29:57, but also achieved the gold for teams, revalidated two days ago in Lithuania.
Three editions of the European Cup has played and in two managed to climb the podium and improve its previous performance. Laura García-Caro has already represented Spain in the World Cup, World Cup and European Championship, but undoubtedly, her idyll is lived with the European Cup.