“There will be no Yulimar, but there will be Peleteiro”

He World Athletics Continental Tour Silver makes its annual stop in Madrid tomorrow (8:30 p.m., RTVE Play) with 171 athletes from 45 countries totaling 61 international outdoor medals: 13 Olympic, 20 world and 28 European. Very important names and of a very high level in which the Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price stands out, a legend of athletics who at 36 years old has 13 world medals and eight Olympic medals. She is a brilliant international star in the 100 meters that she will be accompanied by a large part of the best Spanish athletes, starting with one that she will be very close to, the homeland sensation of speed, Jaël-Sakura Bestué.

In the presentation held at the Madrid stadium itself, there were great representation of other icons that will also be in the green tartan such as Ana Peleteiro, Adrián Ben, María Vicente, Carlos Tobalina, Mohamed Attaoui or Laura Redondo. All excited and wanting to achieve great records like the Cantabrian ‘rookie’ shot putter at almost 38 years old: ”It’s going to be my debut in Vallehermoso and I’m really looking forward to it. Age is a number and a brand, I have the illusion of the first day. I am in the best shape of my life, at my best both in strength and technique”.

Carlos Tobalina and Laura Redondo.
Carlos Tobalina and Laura Redondo.
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Radiant was Ana Peleteiro who, after her return to competition after being a mother, asked the public in a very funny way to attend the rally: “Come to Vallehermoso, it is a unique opportunity to see high-level athletics. Those who come tomorrow will spoil this sport, which is much more enjoyable live than on television. There will be no Yulimar but there will be Peleteiro, and I assure you a show. They clap my hands and I look like a Sevillian. The warmth of the public motivates me and helps me a lot”.

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Extra that the 800 indoor European champion also asks for. “I ask people to come, that the spirit of the stands is very important for the athletes. It is a track that is difficult for me but it is time to drop below 1:46″, says Ben. The 24-year-old Galician will have a tough rival, the recent U23 bronze, the Moroccan-born Cantabrian, Mohamed Attaoui: “I’m going to fight to be as far ahead as possible in the race and to make a personal mark. Lately I have discovered my potential in 800, and I think I have a lot to say in this test.

Adrian Ben.
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for his partthe fabulous combinera María Vicente will be in the triple, the test that together with the length is taking over her 2023… although the “objective for Paris 2024 continues to be the heptathlon although I am not going to close doors to anything”. For Vallehermoso, she is sincere: “I dream of the minimum for Budapest but I see it as difficult. I come to the Meeting in Madrid to add the maximum possible points for the world ranking and get everything that I have inside”. Many carats of quality in Vallehermoso that every good sports fan should not miss out on because as Sonia Cea, head of the delegated area for Sports and councilor president of the Usera district of the Madrid City Council, assures: “It is an honor to have a trial like this”.

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