Mo Katir, European silver in 5,000m


Mo Katir He established himself as one of the stars of Spanish athletics with his second international medal in just one month. After achieving a bronze of many merits in 1,500 of Oregon World Cupthe Murcian climbed to the second step of the podium at the European Championships in Munich in the 5,000m with 13’22”98.

Katir rushed home after winning a world medal so he could go Sierra Nevada to train at altitude and reach the continental event in the best conditions. His plan worked, but as with Eugene, Jakob Ingebrigtsen He proved unattainable at the Munich Olympic Stadium for his legs, stopping the clock at 13’21″13, thus revalidating his continental crown from four years ago in Berlin.

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“The race is very dirty. I suffered many elbows and shoves. I don’t understand why they don’t want to do semi-final and final, instead of organizing a race with 25 runners. With so many people, it’s normal to have tension and punches”, declared the Murcian immediately after he finished. France Mo Katir claimed unsportsmanlike action for a push that ended with the Frenchman Hugo Hay on the floor. The Spaniard said that he was not the direct culprit of the fall, he arranged everything as a “race set”.

“He had to suffer to beat me. I didn’t make it easy for him”, said Katir, who asked for the best version of the Norwegian Jakob Ingebrigtsen, who he forced to push himself hard and with whom he arrived even in the last corner, moment where the The The Norwegian made a change of pace that led him to gold at the finish line. “I knew I was the only one capable of putting Jakob in trouble. The race was too out of control, with a lot of jerks putting too much that put pressure on my legs and left me with no last gear. If it was a launched test, I’m sure I could have done more,” said the Spaniard.

The bronze went to the Italian Yemeneberhan Crippa (13’24”83), who bravely led the race from the first meters, emulated Steve Prefontaine in the Olympic final in 1972. The other Spaniards in the running were far from the fight for medals. Abdessamad Oukhelfen He was 12th with 13’33”63 and Adele Mechaal, the 14th with 13’35”92.

Fifth and seventh in the length of the final

At the end of longitude, Eusebio Caceres He was once again left with honey on his lips after finishing fifth with a best jump of 7.98m. The Valencian once again fought for a medal that has yet to come and is always close to him – he was fourth at the Tokyo 2020 Games. The other Spanish in the final, Hector Santos, He was seventh with 7.64m.

Source: La Verdad


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