Prisoner of Martinez, idol of Zizur Mayor

Zizur Major, with just over fourteen thousand registered residents, has a star athlete. that it Aseer Martinezwho took the gold medal at the European Championships in Munich, along with the bronze medal achieved just a month earlier at the World Championships in Eugene (USA), recorded his name in the history books of Spanish athletics.

The young Navarra athlete, 22, had already been warned over the past two years of his talent for fence-jumping since the absolute break in the 2020 Spanish Championships marked by the coronavirus pandemic.

At the European Torun (Poland) indoor track in 2021, he finished fourth, just as he did at the last indoor World Cup finals in Belgrade this year. On his Olympic debut, he wasn’t bad either, he wasn’t intimidated, he beat two qualifiers and in the final he was sixth, making Orlando Ortega forget, calling for a monopoly of all the lights, and turning all eyes towards him.

Asier Martínez focuses on sports although he does not neglect his studies in it Political Science at the University of the Basque Country in BilbaoAlthough he admitted that he does not see himself as a politician in the future.

His talent as an athlete is turned into a star by his coach Francois Boringian. A Chad-born Parisian who settled in Pamplona in 2002 and cements the personality of a Navarre athlete.

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With a height of 1.90 meters and a weight of 80 kilograms, his presence in the Grand Finals has become commonplace. Indeed, in Munich, he did not have to pass the qualifying through the standings and went straight to the semi-finals. He won his series with flying colors and even, just before crossing the finish line, allowed himself the luxury of looking to his right and smiling at Frenchman Just Kwau Mathie, who came in second.

In the final, Asier Martinez, whose reaction was 0.149, ran in the fourth lane and the rivalry with Pascal Martinez-Lagarde reached the point where The race was won by one thousandsince the time they were both 13.14, the personal brand of Spanish.

Confidence in the athlete is key to his performance and Aser Martinez has it in himself. In Eugene he found himself in the final with two of the favorites to win, Jamaican Olympic champion Hansel Barchmann, and American Devon Allen, injured. The stars lined up and took his chance.

Before jumping on the dance floor, he turned to rapping, a hobby he shares with François, especially when they listen to it in French, although he also loves this style of music made in Germany, the UK and the US. States.

Athletics is a captive life. He started practicing it as a kid in his hometown, then went to Pamplona Atlético school and now, at 22, is tasting the honey of success, triumphing at the international level.

The history of all people is full of moments and experiences and Eugene and Munich are two cities that will always be associated with the life of Asier Martínez. They are a summer dream talisman.

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