Nuguse prevails over Katir in the 1,500 | Sports

A dynamite 1,500m, a steel winner named Yared Nuguse, American, the sensation of the season, United States record for all distances, which was imposed with a time of 3m 33.69s. A sense of inevitable frustration after the expectation created. The world record was not broken. The Spanish record was not broken.

The height of Madrid, its almost 700 meters, which according to experts add two seconds to any 1,500m, demanded its toll. The three Spanish fire fighters were there: Mo Katir, who recently broke the European record for the 3,000m (7m 24.68s); Adel Mechaal, lover of solitude in the 3,000m, spectacular and generous in the Spanish championships, and Mario García Romo, who in New York broke the national mile record two weeks ago (3m 51.89s). They fought after the hare, Erik Sowinski, who came out atomic (54.84s in the 400m) and dried them quickly. Nuguse was the only one following close behind, and then Katir, who tried to pass Nuguse. He did it with 300m to go (2m 51s). But the American, García Romo’s roommate in Boulder, traced him back.

“I came to give a show,” said Katir, second (3m 34.32s, his best indoor time). “I can not complain. The hare came out too strong, I felt strong in the last 400, and I wanted to pass the lead. The athlete to watch was Nuguse. I think I’m going to make history, it hurts whoever it hurts.” He also achieved Mechaal’s best mark of his, third (3m 34.82s). Fifth, García Romo (3m 36.72s).

The national record holder of 800m on the indoor track 1m 45.12s, Mariano García, is world champion (Belgrade, 2022) and European outdoor champion (Munich, 2022) and he is not champion of Spain because last Sunday, on the same track of the rally he decided to risk not winning in exchange for helping his friend Javier Mirón, who is returning from injury, to achieve the minimum for the Europeans in Istanbul next week, which he had already decided not to attend.

“Don’t worry, Javi,” he told him earlier. “I push you to the end and you do it.” He shot so hard and so well, and with such a good mark (1m 45.91s) that not only Mirón, but all the finalists achieved the best mark of his life there, even Adrián Ben. And, despite having been sick, with a fever, all the previous week. And, despite all his efforts, he did not win, his form and his talent are so great, because in the last meter, in an agonizing effort, Saúl Ordóñez threw himself on the line and hit him. defeated. “He has a little discomfort, I don’t know how he will be,” the coach of the Cuevas de Reyllo athlete, Gabi Lorente, said yesterday before the rally, anticipating a test in which García was always out of the race. Saúl Ordóñez (1m 46.22s) prevailed again, the full-blown Berciano, who has won the three 800m he has run this winter, his change of coach (he went from Uriel Reguero to Llorenç Solbes) and his concentration of December and January in Doha. “I’m very tired,” said the man from Berciano, a statement that goes against his mark and his victory. “I slept very badly on Sunday.”

The second youth of sprinter Óscar Husillos is also the age of maturity and consistency. In the winter of his 29 years, the Astudillo express, and the angel wings tattooed on his left arm, is incapable of running slowly. “Consistency is given by confidence,” says Husillos after winning the 400m (45.84s), running for the third time under 46s in four days, the same day that Norwegian Karsten Warholm, the recordman 400m hurdles world championship, announced that he would be at the European Championships in Istanbul next week. His best mark this year in the 400m indoors (45.31s), makes him a favorite for the title, which does not daunt Husillos: “I will rest from here to Istanbul, where I defend the title. Something more than the gold in Torun would be to win there and break the national record again”. Second in a race in which Husillos passed the 200m in 21.36s, was, like on Sunday in the national championship, the Asturian Iñaki Cañal (45.95s).

The middle-distance runners were not the only Spanish protagonists at the Madrid rally, in Gallur. A long jumper from Cornellà, trained by María Durán, Jaime Guerra, 23, who jumped 8.08m, overshadowed them. Equaling his best mark outdoors, the third best European of the year, he approached extraordinarily to the Madrid podium occupied by the Cuban Maykel Massó (8.15m), and the two who will be his rivals in the European Championship in Istanbul, the Greek Olympic champion Miltiadis Tentoglou (8.15m) and the Swede Thobias Montler (8.14).

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