News : Spain, indelible mark (and Olympic notice) in the Podebrady European Championship
Spectacular. Simply brutal about the Spanish marchers in the Podebrady European. Podiums, individual golds, European team champions. The production of the Spanish athletes at the Polish event was a recital, an ode. We are going to take stock of all the successes achieved by a delegation that started with enthusiasm and ambition and that returns loaded with personal brands, metals, the best records of the season … and everything when there are just two months and little to start the Tokyo Olympics. Obviously there will be tougher rivals, there will be the always feared Chinese. But as a warning and as a sample of the work that is being done, nothing bad is coming.
Seventh title and two individual medals in the men’s 20km
The Spanish marching team won their seventh title, the third in a row, as European champion in the 20-kilometer event, after the second, third and fourth places signed this Sunday by Álvaro Martín, Diego García and Miguel Ángel López in the Czech city of Podebrady.
These results demonstrated the superiority of the Spanish team to which only he missed the individual victory, which went to the Swede Perseus Karlstrom with a time of 1h 18:54. Twenty seconds less than Álvaro Martín, who occupied second place with a time of 1h 19:14, the fourth best Spanish brand of all time, and twenty-five less than Diego García, who completed the podium with a time of 1h 19:19 .
He completed the outstanding performance of the Spanish team Miguel Ángel López, who crossed the finish line in fourth position with a time of 1h 19:25.
And it is that despite their magnificent performance the Spanish walkers could not with the strength that the Swede Karlstrom showed in the final kilometers of the test.
The Scandinavian who reached the last four kilometers in the company of Álvaro Martin and Diego García was little by little increasing the pace until he took down the two Spaniards.
Fourth consecutive crown for Spain
The Italian Antonella Palmisano, world bronze in 2017 and fourth in the Rio 2016 Games, won this Sunday in the 20 km of the European team walking championship, held in Podebrady (R. Czech), ahead of the Spanish María Pérez and Laura García-Caro.
Spain was proclaimed, for the fourth time in a row, European team champion in this event.
Palmisano attacked in the penultimate kilometer and escaped the surveillance of the two Spanish women to win with a time of 1h27: 42. Pérez, current European champion, finished second with 1h28: 03, four seconds ahead of García Caro, while Raquel González from Barcelona was fourth with 1h28: 37.
Tur, gold and minimal
For his part, the Balearic Marc Tur, two-time champion of Spain in the 50 km march, achieved victory in the European championship this Sunday By teams from Podebrady (Czech Republic) and with a time of 3:47:40, a personal best, he achieved the Olympic minimum for the Tokyo Games.
He was accompanied on the podium by the Finn Aleksi Ojala (3:48.25) and the Italian (3:49:52), who also achieved the Olympic minimum.