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Spain will take 57 athletes to the Games

Utotal number of 57 athletes (31 women and 26 men) make up the athletics team that will represent Spain in Paris 2024 after meeting the criteria established by the coach José Peiro and the Sports Directorate of the RFEA. This figure represents the largest delegation since 2012, that is, from the last four editions. However, it is a figure that could increase, given that the selection is waiting for possible resignations to incorporate another five athletes who, having met the pre-selection criteria, have some possibility of entering the quota. We will have to wait untill July 7 to know how many finally manage to access. It is also worth noting that, for the first time in history, the number of women will be greater than the number of men on the olympic team

Spain goes to Paris with an Olympic medalist in its ranks. The Olympic bronze in Tokyo Ana Peleteiro. In 2024, a European gold in Rome and a brilliant bronze at the Glasgow Indoor World Cup. It is a safe and rising value, a competitor until the last meter like few others, and Paris will travel to take “the leap of its life.” Also at the head of the Spanish team are María Pérez and Álvaro Martín, two-time world walking champions last year, two of our great banners along with Ana Peleteiro and to the other great champion in Rome, Jordan Diaz.

Bestué, spearhead in speed

As for women, the sprinter The Beautiful Cherry Bridge in 200 m (7th at the European Championships in Rome 2024), one of the spearheads of women’s speed and an essential pillar of the 4×100 m relay, also present in these Games. The women’s 800 will have, today, only one representative on French soil: the Spanish champion Flower Ibarzabal. The 1,500 is made up of the three most experienced women who have played the test the most in recent years: Esther Guerrero (in her third Olympics), very well flanked by the experienced Martha Perez (9th in Tokyo) and the youngest of the three, Águeda Marquéswhich will debut.

The women’s 5,000 has Marta García as “Boss” in a state of grace and in the 3,000 obstacles there will be Carolina Robles and Irene Sánchez-Escribano. Just like eight years ago in Rio, two jumpers will represent us in length: Fátima Diame and Tessy Ebosele They will be the tandem that will excite us with the best. By weight it will be Belén Toimil and 16 years later we will have a Spanish javelinist: Yulenmin Aguilar.

The marathon team, announced months ago, will be made up of the national record holder Majida Maayoufthe leader of the year Ester Navarrete and another already experienced marathon runner Meritxell Soler; for three it will be his Olympic debut.

Trident at 800

In men, the 800 m trident. formed by Mohamed Attaoui, Josué Canales and Adrián Ben, They represent the freshness of the Spanish midfield. The 1,500 m has the amply demonstrated experience of Adel Mechaal y Mario García Romo, which exploded in 2022 and has since been embedded in the world elite and will make its Olympic debut. In addition, a third Spaniard will be present at the Olympic Games, waiting to find out his name. As the Spanish coach has explained, he starts with an advantage Javier Miron in the case of gaining access after the World Ranking update. However, if the man from Alicante finally fails to enter, the place would go to the Olympian. Ignacio Fontes.

In 5000 m, Thierry Ndikumwenayo and Adel Mechaal They are the ones chosen for this distance. The 110 m hurdles comes stronger than ever for the Spanish possibilities. The champion of Spain Quique Llopis (European runner-up) comes from setting a personal best (13.09) in La Nucía and Asier Martínez (European champion two years ago) already knows well what it is like to compete in an Olympic final (6th in Tokyo).

Jordan, for a medal

The great figure of Spanish athletics will be in triple jump at the moment. He came, he saw, he conquered… and he jumped: Jordan Diaz He debuted with Spain in the European Championship in style, European champion in a heart-stopping final and with a majestic flight of 18.18 m (third world record ever).

Jorge Urena He fought until the last meter in La Nucía and now he can say that he is preselected in the decathlon for what will be his second Games, after his 9th place four years ago in Tokyo.

In the marathon, the team announced a few dates ago is made up of the Spanish record holder Tarik Novales, and two who already participated in the last World Cup in Budapest, Ibrahim Chakir and Yago Rojo. All of them also Olympic debutants.

The relays

It will be historic to see in action none other than three Spanish quartets in this Olympic edition: he 4 x 100 m femenino,: Jaël-Sakura Bestué, Paula García, Maribel Pérez, Esther Navero, Sonia Molina Prados and Paula Sevilla. There will also be the super powerful women’s 4×400 m team with Bárbara Camblor, Blanca Hervás, Eva Santidrián and Berta Segura. The third quartet is made up of the “Spanish Beatles” of the 4x400m with the brand new champion in La Nucía at the head Óscar Husillos and very well accompanied by Julio Arenas, Iñaki Cañal, David García Zurita and Manuel Guijarro.

Finally, the Spanish 20 km walk team will be composed of those already announced Diego García Carrera, Álvaro Martín and Paul McGrath in men, while the three women are: Laura García-Caro, Cristina Montesinos and María Pérez and for the mixed relay, an event that debuts in the Games, the six athletes participating in the individual event are eligible: Diego García, Álvaro Martín, Paul McGrath, Laura García Caro, Cristina Montesinos and María Pérez.



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