The women’s 4×100 race will compete in the World Cup final with a Spanish record

Madrid, July 23 (European press) –

The women’s 4×100 relay, made up of Sonia Molina Prados, Gael Sakura Pistoy, Paula Seville and Maribel Perez, made history on Friday by qualifying for the final at the World Championships in Eugene, Oregon (US), for the first time. time in the five editions they have participated in, thanks to a new record for Spain with 42.61.

The Spanish quartet finished second in the second round, surpassing only the United States, beating the national record by 42.61. The relay has never fallen below 43 seconds, and the previous record, set on May 25 in Huelva, was almost seven tenths slower (43.28).

In the Hayward Field tartan, all Spanish Quartet gear pieces fit perfectly. Molina-Prados started first with a segment of 11.76 so Bestué beat the straight kick. The Catalan closed in at 10.17 despite the headwind and handed the baton perfectly to Seville to turn the curve at 10.56 (second fastest of the eight attackers). The “captain” of the relay, Maribel Perez, put the lock on the classification, who spun off the finish line at 10.12 to put Spain in the final with second place in the series.

The Spaniards took fifth place in the global account, behind the United States (41.56), the United Kingdom (41.99), Jamaica (42.37) and Germany (42.44). “The security of this team makes it very easy, all I wanted was for the relay to fly,” said Molina Prados, in statements to Spanish Athletics Federation media.

For her part, Gail Sakura Bestoy admitted that they faced the test with “nervousness”. “It’s the World Cup, it’s a bit imposing, but I’m happy, we’ve been up to the task, and the fruits we expected have paid off,” she added. “I am very happy that we trusted each other so much. In the final we will try to do the same or better,” Maribel Perez settled.

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After qualifying for the final, it was time for the men’s 4×100 race, made up of Paul Ritamal, Bernat Cane, Jesus Gomez Villadego and Sergio Lopez Barranco. With a near-perfect delivery and a stunning second position by Pol Retamal (he did 9.10, third fastest of the two rounds), the Spanish team finished sixth in their series (ninth overall).

They stopped the clock at 38.70, the third best Spanish record ever. However, it was not enough to advance to the final, without the possibility of completing a historic double with the women’s relay.

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