The FER Project honors its 24 best athletes of 2021

The FER Project (Foment d’Esportistes amb Reptes) honored this Thursday its twenty-four most outstanding athletes of 2021 in an act in which it recognized the achievements of its members in eleven different disciplines and in which he was chosen as the best athlete by voting for Kim López, gold in the Paralympics.

The fifth edition of this act It was held in the auditorium of the Complejo Cultural-Esportiu la Petxina, where athletes who have excelled this season in athletics, taekwondo, judo, Paralympic athletics, paratriathlon, triathlon, Paralympic cycling, field hockey, handball, 3×3 basketball, track cycling, swimming and sailing attended.

Under the motto “The fire goes out, the flame is still alive”, the organization explained that with this act the argument circle of the FER is closed, but the flame continues “because sport still has to offer us many joys and much success”, in addition to expressing the Trinidad Alfonso Foundation the best wishes for the holidays that are about to begin.

The first to go on stage were two great hopes for the Olympic cycle, the athletes Quique Llopis, a bronze medalist in the 110m hurdles in the European Under-23 and Claudia Conte, who has achieved three personal records in two months. Llopis said that this season he will seek to improve himself and that is why he will fight to qualify for the World Cup in the open air, which makes him especially excited, and Conte said that he has many possibilities to go to the European Championship.

The following were Eusebio Cáceres, fourth in the Olympics, which fell just three centimeters from bronze, who acknowledged that he has been left very hungry and feels that he is still to explode, and Jorge Ureña, who achieved a personal best in the decathlon of the Olympic Games, who expressed that he will try to go for the medal in the European.

On the other hand, the taekwondo player Raúl Martínez, bronze in the European, expressed that he does not like to think in the long term and that this year he will decide on his participation in the Games while the Olympic judokas were also honored Ana Pérez Box, silver medal in the World Cup, and Julia Figueroa, three bronze in Grand Slam, of which their coach Sugoi Uriarte said that in Paris they will be fighting for the medals.

Paralympians Kim López, gold medal in Tokyo with world record included in shot put and champion of Europe, Hector Cabrera, bronze in javelin in Tokyo, the paratriathlete Hector Catalá, silver in the Games, silver in the World Cup and bronze in the European, and the athlete Miriam Martínez Rico, silver in weight in Tokyo, agreed in their desire to improve their records and achievements.

Next, Ivan Cano, silver in the Paralympic Games and in the European in length, considered that he can improve his records and is working on it and Ricardo Ten, gold in the individual time at the World Cup and bronze in team sprint in Tokyo, said he feels like continuing. Ten, 46 years old, commented that “I cannot afford the luxury beyond the season that lies ahead, but I feel like continuing and I hope my body can endure to get to Paris.”

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Triathletes Roberto Sánchez Mantecón, silver medal in the European Olympic distance in Valencia, and David cantero, with two gold medals, as well as the cyclist Sebastian Mora, sixth in the madison at the Games were also present. Sánchez, who was second in Europe in Valencia, recalled that he focused on arriving “well” at the end of the season to reach the highest level in the European Championship at home. “It was incredible. There are three places for Paris, we all started from zero in May and we have to plan well, we have to do twelve scores and they have to be twelve perfect races,” he said.

The athletes Vega Gimeno, gold in the European 3×3 basketball, the field hockey player Lola Riera, who was seventh in the Games, and the handball player Paula Arcos placeholder image, who at only 19 years old has played some Games and a World Cup, were the next members of the ERF recognized. Arcos stated that competing in these events has been something unique. “We were left with a bad feeling about the Games, but we have responded very well in the World Cup and we have been able to blend young women with veterans. Fourth place is a bittersweet feeling, because you are one step away from a medal, but with the days you value that a fourth place in a World Cup is not bad at all, “he said.

The swimmer Angela Martinez, explained that he is focusing more on the pool, but will try to combine open water, while the sailor Antonio Torrado, who was sixth in the European under-23 class 49er, commented that he is very excited to continue learning and progressing, in the same way as the sailor Enrique Seattle, a silver medalist in the 29er class World Cup, stated that there is “a lot” of level in his rivals but he wants to go “little by little”.

Lastly, the Paralympic rider Maurice eckhardThe 38-year-old, silver in the individual time trial in the World Cup en route, revealed that he is still eager to continue to try to be in Paris after being close to being selected for Tokyo while the Paralympic athlete Nagore Folgado He said his goal is to try and go to the final in Paris.

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