News : Preview, schedules and television of the 10,000 in the Tokyo Games with May
He has more than earned himself one of the proper names of this 2021. Runner-up in the 10,000 European Cup in Birmingham (where he achieved the minimum, the third best Spanish mark ever and gave a memorable display), minimum for the 10k and 5,000 (he will double at the Tokyo Games), Spanish champion of 5,000 beating Katir … If to all this we add the fact that in December 2020 he became the best debutant in the history of a half marathon and in the second best Spanish of all time in Valencia, is to take our hats off.
The fact is that Carlos Mayo, born in Madrid and host Aragonese, trainer for the great Pepe Mareca, debuts in what will be the first major athletics final at the Olympics. A 10,000 with top-level names (how could it be otherwise if we talk about the most important appointment of the last five years). The race will be held this Friday at 1:30 p.m. CET (live on Teledeporte and Eurosport).
Africans will set the pace
Being on the starting line of the New National Stadium in Tokyo is already a success for the hand. Obviously nothing can be demanded of him when we review the rivals he will have. The big favorites will be, a priori, the Ugandans Cheptegei and Kiplimo and the Ethiopian Selemon Barega. The world record holder for the distance does not have a very promising 2021, but the mere fact of being the world ‘record holder’ and everything he achieved in 2020 make him be in that bag of great candidates. His compatriot Kiplimo, in a state of stellar form and who accredits 26:33:93 (the best mark of all the participants) this course, clearly opts for the gold.
We do not forget the also Ethiopians Aregawi (26:50) and Kejelcha (26:49), which will also have a lot to say. The Africans, as for practically more than two decades, will bake the medals. Behind, the British Scott (27:10), the Americans Kincaid (27:12) and Fisher (27:10), the Italian Crippa (27:10 PB) or Mayo himself, who has proven to be a tremendous competitor, they will wait for their opportunity.
Everything will depend on the rhythm that you want to impose at the beginning, on the heat. Many factors that can play for or against Carlos, of which we have no doubt that will make us proud again. He’s been doing it for a long time.
10,000 starting list.