The Spanish delegation in Tokyo faces a challenge: to overcome 22 medals in Barcelona 92. The aspirants for this feat that would not have been possible, during the past two decades, at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing, London and Rio de Janeiro are 321 athletes (184 men and 137 women) from 29 sports; All disciplines except rugby, baseball, softball, wrestling and surfing.
Despite the fact that the Spanish delegation had huge losses like those of Rafa Nadal, who decided to miss the appointment so as not to force his physique, or Carolina Marin, to prevent a serious knee injury, there is still wide scope. A possibility, thanks to the combination of established athletes and a new generation of promising athletes. Joining the stars are Mireia Belmonte, Ciel Craviotto, Spanish record holder Lidia Valentin for the 1,500, 3,000 and 5,000 metres, Mohamed Cater, European triple jump champion Ana Pelletiero and more.
The epidemic greatly hampers predictionsBut the president of the Spanish Olympic Committee, Alejandro Blanco, is optimistic. He declared in an interview with EFE days before the Games began: “In many sports, we offer the best in the world. I’m realistic, but also very optimistic, and I think the medal prospects allow us to dream big.” . “We go with nine teams, which is very important to me; teams that have chances to win. In the last three matches, we are only in this division behind the USA and Australia. France, which is a superpower, has six given the number of classifieds and the quality of those we carry. We have many possibilities to choose many medals and diplomas.”
The President of the Council of Europe is optimistic
that’s it Main Medal Options For Spain:
Alejandro Valverde – cycling
Veteran cyclist Alejandro Valverde (Las Lombreras, Murcia, 1980) dreams of bidding farewell to the Olympic Games with a medal that will also be the first for Spain. The great Spanish stuntman will compete against exceptional competitors such as the Slovenian Tour winner Tadej Pojacar or the Belgian Wut van Aert, one of the stars of the French competition. The men’s road event is held at the Olympics July 24, between the 4:00 and 11:15.
Alberto Gutierro, Julia Figueroa and Fran Garrigues – Judo
Combat drills are among Spain’s best crowning options. Alberto Gaitero (Laguna de Duero, Valladolid, 1996) comes off his suspension with a bronze medal at the European Championships at -66kg and can taste metal again, if it’s a good day. Also among the nominees are teammates Ana Perez Box (-52kg), Fran Garrigues (-60kg) and Julia Figueroa (-48kg), all of whom took world medals in June.
- Judo (-60 kg), male – July 24, starting at 4:00.
- Judo (-48 kg) for women – July 24, starting at 4:00.
- Judo (-66 kg), males – July 25, starting at 4:00.
- Women’s Judo (-52kg) – July 25, starting at 4:00.
Gomez Noya, Mario Mola and Fernando Allarza – Triathlon
At 38, triathlon athlete Javier Gomez Noya (Basel, Switzerland, 1983) is ready to take down the Olympic fork. In Beijing in 2008, he failed to take the medal, finishing fourth; In London 2012, he started as a big favorite for gold, but had to settle for second place, and at Rio 2016, he lost due to an amazing fall during training. The men’s event will be held today July 26, from 23:30 AM 2:00. In it, Mario Mola (Palma de Mallorca, 1990) and Fernando Allarza (Talavera de la Reina, Toledo, 1991) also have options.
Maialen Chourraut – white water meander
Maialen Chourraut (Lasarte-Oria, 1983) has an enviable record. He took Olympic bronze in whitewater slalom in 2012 and gold in 2016, in addition to placing second at the World Slalom Championships and first at the 2015 European Championships. Now, he wants to emulate Rio’s achievement. If all goes well, he will take the final exams July 27, from 7:00 am 9:15.
Nikoloz Shirazadishvili – Judo
Judoka Nikoloz Shirazadishvili (Tiflis, Georgia, 1996) is a two-time world champion at -90kg (in 2018 and 2021) and won the bronze medal at the European Championship 2018. In Japan, the country where judo was born, gold is a real possibility for him, Which could be a turning point in the history of the sport in Spain after 21 years of Olympic drought. The qualifying rounds for their category will take place today July 28, from 4:00 to 7:30, and the finals, on the same day, from 10:00 am 13:00.
Fatma Galvez – Olympic Shooting
Olympic diploma in London and Rio, fate owes it to the world medalist and European champion of archery in the hole method, Fatima Gálvez (Baina, Cordoba, 1987). In 2012, it took fifth place, and in Rio de Janeiro it placed fourth. You can rejoice the Spanish delegation if you reach the finals to be held on Thursday, July 29, from 7:30.
Mireya Belmonte and Hugo Gonzalez – Swimming
Spanish swimming hopes pinned on two names: Mireia Belmonte (Badalona, 1990) and Hugo Gonzalez (Palma de Mallorca, 1999). The Badaloni, the champion in the opening ceremony, won’t be able to recheck the gold that was there five years ago in 200 Butterflies, but he will try to assault the podium in four other events: 1500 Free Patterns, 800 Free Patterns, 400 Patterns and 4×100 Patterns. For his part, the young Merorcan swimmer took the title of European champion two months ago in the 200 style. The finals in which Gonzalez and Belmonte had more chances, respectively, will be held in a row July 27, at 4:54, and the July 28, At the same time.
Lydia Valentine – Weightlifting
Silver in Beijing 2008, gold in London 2012 and bronze in Rio 2016, Lydia Valentine (Ponferrada, 1985) is a serious contender to kiss the medal in Tokyo. All of these titles were achieved in the -75K category. Now switch to the -87kg method to try and finish a record that also includes two world champion titles (2017 and 2018) and four European champions (2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018). Weightlifting finals date set for today August 2, from 8:50 AM 12:50.
John Ram – golf
Golf is once again an Olympic sport and that means medal choices for John Ram (Barica, Vizcaya, 1994), the favorite to win the gold medal if one takes into account that he is number one in the world rankings and that he has been shown as the most regular this year. The last day of the men’s tournament will be held in Tokyo August 1, Starts from 00:30.
Ana Pelletiero, Orlando Ortega and Muhammed Kater – athletics
The Royal Spanish Athletics Federation represents 56 athletes. They are likely to finish on the podium with Ana Pelletiero (Ribera, A Coruña, 1995), Orlando Ortega (Artemisa, Cuba, 1991) and Mohamed Kater (Alcazarkevir, Morocco, 1998). The first of them is the current European runner-up in the indoor triple jump. He couldn’t be in Rio due to physical discomfort, and at 25, he was close to his best version. Orlando Ortega was in Brazil, where he won silver in the 110m hurdles, and now he aspires to re-check it. For his part, Mo Cater became the fastest Spanish player in history with a length of 1,500 and 5,000 meters. He’ll have tough competition in the games, but his record is the fourth best of the season.
- Women’s triple jump final August 1, starting at 1:20 p.m.
- Men’s 110m Hurdles Final August 5, starting at 4:55.
- Men’s 5000m Final August 6, starting at 2:00 p.m.
Sandra Sanchez and Damian Quintero – Karate
Karate will emerge as an Olympic sport in the country in which it has appeared. This gave Spain very clear options, which dominate the kata method thanks to Sandra Sanchez (Talavera de la Reina, Toledo, 1981) and Damien Quintero (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1984). Both rank first among their own international rankings, so the question is not about whether or not he will get a medal, but in her metallicity. Women’s qualifiers will be held today August 5, from 3:00 to 7:30, the fight for medals, from 12:30 AM 14:00. The men’s turn will come The next day, with qualifiers from 3:00 to 7:30 and finals 12:30 AM 14:00.
Craviotto, Walz, Arévalo and Germade – Rowing
The Olympic standard-bearer with Mireya Belmonte, Saúl Craviotto (Lleida, 1984) won it all in the kayak way. He earned 10 medals at the World Boating Championships between 2017 and 2019; Six in Europe, between 2008 and 2018, and four in the last three Olympics: gold at K2500 in Beijing, silver at K1200 in London, gold at K2200 and bronze at K1200 in Rio de Janeiro. In Tokyo, he will compete in the K4 500 Test with Marcos Valls (Oxford, UK, 1994), Carlos Arevalo (Betanzos, A Coruña, 1993) and Rodrigo Germaid (Cangas, Pontevedra, 1990). The final will be held on August 7, Starts from 5:20.
Strength in team sports
And as if that wasn’t enough, Spain has nine teams that will be fighting for medals. Most likely the water polo team – the Spanish team is the world runner-up in the men’s and women’s categories – and field hockey – the men’s runner-up in Europe and the world and European bronze in the women’s category There are also options in handball – the “Hispanics” took third place at the World Cup in Egypt, and “Warriors” took second place in 2019 precisely in Japan. Similarly, national football and basketball teams are among the nominees.
Options in sailing, synchronized swimming, boxing…
It is always difficult to predict with certainty what will happen in the Olympics and, most importantly, this time. Sailing tends to spice up Spain, and on this occasion, there are several candidates for extending the line: Silvia Mass (Barcelona, 1996) and Patricia Canteria (Las Palmas, 1989), 470 female sail; Jordi Xammar (Barcelona, 1993) and Nicolás Rodríguez (Vigo, 1991) male 470 sailors; Diego Botín (Madrid, 1993) and Yago Lopez (Santiago de Compostela, 1990), in the sail of 49 men. The same goes for kayaking, as the pair formed, apart from the K4 team Íñigo peña (Zumaya, Goebuzcoa, 1990) and Paco Kubilos (Talavera de la Reina, Toledo, 1992) in K2 1000.
Spain’s synchronized swimming team returns to games after disappointment in Rio de Janeiro. At that time he couldn’t count on him Una carbonyl, dizzy, and a pre-Olympic 5th place finish, not enough to qualify. This time Carbonell was there and came in second. Out of the water, one of those who can give the bell is Gabi EscobarWho wants to end the bad streak of Spanish boxing with a -52k metal.