Four Murcians go to the World Cup


Mohamed Katir (1,500) and Mariano García (800) go for a medal in an event with Sergio López (4×100) and Miguel Ángel López (35km run)

Murcian athletes Mariano García, Mohamed Katir, Miguel Ángel López Nicolás and Sergio López Barranco will compete in the Absolute Outdoor World Championship to be held in the United States in July, as all four of them have been included in the Spanish team for this date. Nine Spanish finalists at last year’s Tokyo Olympics attend this championship in Eugene (Oregon). They are Eusebio Cáceres (fourth in length), Álvaro Martín and María Pérez (fourth at 20 km run), Marc Tur (fourth at 50 km run), Adrián Ben (fifth at 800 meters), Adel Mechaal (fifth at 1,500), Diego García (sixth in 20km run), Asier Martínez (sixth in 110m hurdles) and Muleño’s Mohamed Katir (eighth in 5,000).

The only medalist in Tokyo 2020, Ana Peleteiro, bronze in height, will not participate in the first Outdoor World Championships to be held in the United States because she is pregnant, nor will hurdler Orlando Ortega. The selected list announced yesterday by the Spanish Athletics Federation (RFEA) also includes the names of middle-distance runner Mariano García Fuentealamero, world champion in the 800-meter indoor track; Adel Mechaal, who will double and run not only the 1,500, but also the 5,000 meters; Sara Gallego, recent champion of Spain in the 400m hurdles, including national record, who will compete in three events; and the walking team, with María Pérez, Diego García, Álvaro Martín, Marc Tur and Miguel Ángel López from Murcia.

Miguel Ángel López Nicolás, a veteran turning 34 on Sunday, will add his sixth consecutive World Outdoor Championship. On this occasion, the one from Llano de Brujas, once European and World Champion, will participate in the 35-kilometer running test, which will make its debut in a major championship.

Meanwhile, 24-year-old Mohamed Katir will make his debut in an event with these characteristics. The Asics Running athlete will compete in the 1,500 meters, a distance for which he finished second in Spain last weekend. Mariano García, 24, will add his second summer World Cup after being in Doha 2019. The athlete from Cuevas de Reyllo and member of the New Balance Team will complete the 800 metres, a test in which he was a national bronze and in which he is the reigning world champion on the indoor track.

Also in the call is Aljucer’s sprinter Sergio López Barranco, who was the national champion of the 100 meters on Saturday and is in Oran this week to compete in the Mediterranean Games. The athlete of the Sociedad Atlética Alcantarilla, who turns 23 on Tuesday, will attend the US event with the team’s 4×100 relay.

Of the 55 Spanish athletes, 33 are men and 22 are women. This is the fourth largest Spanish delegation in history for a World Cup, after Sevilla 99 (78 athletes), Tokyo 91 (58) and London 2017 (56). The Hayward Field stadium at the University of Oregon, with a capacity of up to 30,000 spectators, will be the epicenter of world athletics in the second half of July, between July 15 and 24.

Source: La Verdad


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