News : Silvers from Peleteiro and Ureña and bronze from Mechaal at the closure in Torun
Ana Peleteiro and Jorge Ureña, champions of triple jump and heptathlon two years ago, put the silver clasp this Sunday on a great Spanish performance in the Europeans on an indoor track in Torun, and Adel Mechaal joined the party with a bronze in 3,000 meters . The three medals of the closing day were added to the gold of Óscar Husillos in 400 and the bronze of Jesús Gómez in 1,500 to finish off a harvest of 5 metals, one less than in Glasgow 2019, with a renewed team of 36 athletes that reflected a full parity: 18 women and 18 men.
A single centimeter
Peleteiro yielded his triple crown, by a single centimeter, to the Portuguese Patricia Mamona, new champion with a mark of 14.53, Portuguese record. However, he leaves with the silver medal and the fourth best jump of his life. In her last jump, the Galician equalized the record of the German Neele Eckhardt (14.52), but won the silver medal thanks to her second best jump: 14.34 compared to 14.52 for the German.
With the memory of his victory in Glasgow with a record of 14.73 meters (Spain’s record), Peleteiro was slow to get into the fight for the medals, unlike Mamona, who dominated from his first jump. European champion in 2016, the Portuguese athlete opened with 14.35 and improved to 14.53 in the third round -Portuguese record-, while Ana Peleteiro started with 13.98 and two nulls.
A jump of 14.34, her best time of the year, put the Spanish one centimeter behind third place, which was held by Belarusian Viyaleta Skvartysova. But the Spanish, in the purest tradition of her coach, the Cuban multi-world champion Iván Pedroso, took advantage of his last cartridge to win the silver medal and even scare the Portuguese.
Ureña remained on the pentathlon podium for the third consecutive edition and he only yielded to the best in the world, the French Kevin Mayer, world record holder for decathlon and European for heptathlon, who won the combined with 6,392 points, compared to 6,158 for Ureña and 6,133 for Polish Pawel Wiesiolek.
Four days after the second anniversary of his European victory in Glasgow with 6,218 points, Ureña, who had also won a silver in Belgrade 2017, achieved his goal of staying on the podium.
The 3,000 final gave Spain a bronze. Two days after winning the 1,500 title, Norwegian Jakob Ingebrigtsen, the best European midfielder since Fermín Cacho’s time, finished off an unprecedented double in the indoor Europeans by winning the 3,000th ahead of Belgian Isaac Kimeli and Adel Mechaal .
A last thousand in 2: 21.90 handed the victory to Ingebrigtsen, who set a personal record with 7: 48.20. Kimeli credited 7: 49.41 and Mechaal overtook the other Spaniard, Mohamed Katir, on the straight to take the bronze with 7: 49.47. Katir, who had been in pursuit of Ingebrigtsen, gave in in the last few meters and he stayed 25 hundredths from the podium.
Asier, spectacular in the final of 60 hurdles
The closing day presented a budding figure of the 60m hurdles in society, the 20-year-old from Pamplona Asier Martínez, who in his debut with the senior team finished fourth, just 4 hundredths away from the bronze medal. The French Wilhem Belocian took the gold with 7.42, the British Andrew Pozzi – world champion – the silver with 7.43 and the Italian Paolo Dal Molin the bronze with 7.56, followed by the Spanish champion, who set a personal record with 7.60.
The Navarrese runner brilliantly covered the drop in the team of the best Spanish hurdler, Olympic runner-up Orlando Ortega, who, with physical discomfort, resigned from these championships so as not to compromise his preparation for the Tokyo Games. Ortega congratulated the young Navarrese hurdler in a tweet: “I said it weeks ago and I’ll tell you again today, I take my hat off to you @ ASIERMARTINEZ17. Congratulations champion, what a run ”.
13 finalists and five medals
Spain returns from Torun tenth in the medal table and with thirteen finalists (two less than in Glasgow 2019): one gold, two silver, two bronze, four fourth places, one fifth, two seventh and one eighth. In short, fifth on points, only behind Great Britain, Poland, the Netherlands and Germany, out of 47 countries.