Spain signed this Sunday its first position in the box of the Ibero-American Athletics Championship held in La Nucía (Alicante), a competition that it dominated from start to finish and in which it won 14 golds, eight more than the Dominican Republic, and 30 medals, eight more than Brazil, second in the total number of medals. The third and last day began with the half marathon in Torrevieja, which gave the baton to La Nucía to continue a weekend of athletics, which served many athletes, especially the Spanish, as the starting point of the season, which will have as its goal this summer, with the World Cup in July in the US and the European Championship, which will be held in Munich at the end of August.

The 14 golds, two from their best ranking in an Ibero-American, were completed with eight silvers and eight bronzes, a number of medals that doubles the second-place finisher in the medal table, the Dominican Republic, who won six golds, five silvers and three bronzes, and that triples Cuba, third, with ten medals and five golds, one more than Brazil that despite having 22 medals, only four of them were climbing to the top of the podium.

The appointment has also served for up to twelve athletes to have achieved marks that allow them to be in the World Cup: among them, the Spanish Álvaro de Arriba (800 meters), the Colombian Melissa González (400 hurdles), the Cubans Leyanis Pérez (triple jump), Liadagnis Povea (triple jump), Lázaro Martínez (triple jump) and Roxana Gómez (400 m), as well as the Costa Rican Gerald Drummond (400 hurdles). Likewise, the Dominican athletes of 400 meters dash Lidio Feliz also achieved minimumMarileidly Paulino and Fiordaliza Cofil, in addition to the Argentine Belén Casetta (3,000 obstacles) and the Brazilian and indoor weight champion, Dorlan Romani.

In the morning, the Argentine Florencia Borelli and the Peruvian Luis Ostos won gold in a half marathon with intense heat and humidity and where the proceeds of the popular 5K held in parallel were directed to help the people of Ukraine. The evening session began with the gold record of the Cuban Yaimé Pérez, world champion in Doha 2019 and that with a throw of 62.06 meters she clearly surpassed the Chilean Karen Gallardo, who threw the discus up to 59.39 meters, and the Brazilian Andressa Oliveira de Morais, who put her best attempt at 58.33 meters.

In the women’s 200-meter dash, the South American record holder Victoria Cristina Silva prevailed with authority and with a time of 23.53 seconds over the Portuguese Lorene Bazolo, who stopped the clock in 23.67, and the Brazilian Lorraine Barbosa Martins, who was two hundredths ahead of Lucía Carrillo from Burgos. And in men, the Dominican Alexander Ogando He beat his compatriot Yancarlos Martínez with a time of 20.27 seconds, with 20.60, and the brand new gold in the 100 meter dash last Friday, Shainer Reginfo, with 21.01.

In men’s weight, the Brazilian Darlan Romani, indoor world champion, smashed the championship record, until now held by the Portuguese Marco Fortes (20.69), by throwing 21.70 meters, a figure with which he surpassed his compatriot Welington Silva Morais, who set a personal record with 20.78, and Portuguese Tsanko Anaudov. Uruguay harvested its first Ibero-American medal, and in addition to gold, with Deborah Rodríguez in the 800-meter dash, which she won with authority with a mark of 2:02.53, well ahead of the Spanish Daniela García (2:03.65) and the Portuguese Patricia Silva (2:04.23).

Also, Venezuela took the gold in the 5,000 women with Joselyn Brea, who set a higher pace in the last 200 meters for a time of 16 minutes, 8 seconds and 83 hundredths, and almost at the finish line the Argentine Fedra Aldana Luna He achieved silver, with 1:09.96, over the Spanish Lucía Rodríguez, bronze (16:10.08). One of the biggest applause of the afternoon in the stands of the Camilo Cano Olympic Stadium in La Nucía was for Álvaro de Arriba, from Salamanca, by winning with authority and obtaining the minimum to compete in the Eugene World Cup (United States) with 1:45.19 in the 800 meters, ahead of the Venezuelan José Maita, with 1:46.22, and the Portuguese José Carlos Pinto with 1:46.61.

The Cuban Lázara Robles went from less to more in the 100 meters hurdles and managed to cover the hundred meters and the ten hurdles of the test in just 12.93 seconds, a figure that became her personal best and with which she beat her compatriot Keily Pérez, who did 13.01 to get a double for the Central American country on the podium, in which they were accompanied by the Puerto Rican Paola Vázquez (13.05). In the men’s category, the Brazilian Rafael Campos Pereira achieved victory after stopping the time in 13.47, six hundredths below the Spanish Daniel Cisneros, who finished with a time of 13.53 in what is the ninth best Spanish brand in history and tied with the Brazilian Eduardo Dos Santos Rodriques, who won the bronze after the photo finish.

In high jump, the gold went to the Dominican Marysabel Senyu, with 1.87 meters, followed by the Brazilian Valdileia Martins, with 1.84, the same mark as the Uruguayan Lorena Aires, while the representatives invited by Ukraine, Kateryna Tabashnyk, has been the one who has jumped the most with 1.90 and also the most applauded by the public present in La Nucia, while carrying a Ukrainian flag on her hands. The javelin gold went to the Portuguese Leandro Ramos with a best throw of 81.37 meters, seconded by the Brazilians Pedro Henrique Nunes, with 80.74, and Luiz Mauricio Días da Silva, with 80.41, while the Spanish Manu Quijera has touched the 80 meters with a last attempt of 79.83.

The queen middle-distance race, the 1,500, went with authority to Portugal with Isaac Nader, who invested 3:43.86, ahead of the Argentine José Zabala (3:44.55) and the Andorran Pol Moya (3:44.64). the Spanish Sergio Paniagua finished fifth, with 3:44.91. Cuba took gold and silver in the triple jump with Leyanis Pérez, with 14.58 meters, and Liadagmis Povea (14.41) and the bronze went to the Dominican Ana José, with 14.25, ahead of the Spanish Patricia Sarrapio, with 13.71.

Carlos Mayo won the penultimate gold for Spain in the 5,000 meters with a great final sprint and a time of 13:51.12, ahead of Chilean Carlos Díaz (13:51.97) and Argentine Marcos Julián Molina (13:52.50). The Spanish Raúl Celada finished fourth with 13:56.31. The Spanish women put the finishing touch for Spain in the 4×400 by clearly dominating the second half of the race and finishing with a time of 3:31.72, with silver for Brazil (3:32.50) and bronze for the Dominican Republic (3:33.41), while the Dominicans closed the competition with the last gold medal, with a time of 3:00.98, ahead of the Spanish team (3 :04.05), and Portugal (3:07.23).

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