The Galician Adrian Ben achieved a new historical milestone by becoming the first spanish athlete who gets into an 800 Olympic final meters, with a time of 1: 44.30 that gave him fourth place in the second series and one of the two play-offs.
With the best mark of a Spanish eightcentist in the history of the Olympic Games (1: 45.30), the Galician Adrián Ben had already gotten through the big door in the Olympic semifinals. Now in the penultimate round He took a one-second bite out of his best record.
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Only two other Spaniards had reached the semifinals in a Games. The best previous results were the work of Thomas Teresa, fourth in the first semifinal of Barcelona’92 with 1: 46.08, and Antonio Reina, third in the semifinal 1 of Athens 2004 with 1: 46.17.
🔥 Awesome, Adrián Ben!
🇪🇸 Spectacular comeback that is worth a FINAL of the 800 meters!
🚨 FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY, Spain will have a finalist in this modality.
🙌 Huge, Adrian! 💪#TheHeartofSpain @athleticsRFEA pic.twitter.com/Hfhr65PCZH
– Spanish Olympic Committee (@COE_es) August 1, 2021
The challenge, this Sunday, was to become the first Spanish Olympic finalist in history, although the classification system in this event is very tough: only the first two passed and only two more by times.
The frenetic pace that the Canadian imposed Marco Arop at the start (50.94 times 400) left Ben at the back of the group, but it didn’t break down. He was collecting corpses in the last 200 and progressed to fourth place with a record of 1: 44.30 which, for now, gave him a place as a finalist.
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Only the winner of the third series, the Kenyan Ferguson Rotich, improved your brand. Next Wednesday he will be in the final.
At the 2019 Doha World Cups, Ben already made history by being the first Spanish eightcentist in a final since Tomás de Teresa, in this same stadium in Tokyo, 30 years ago.
“I have trained very hard to fulfill this dream”
As soon as the test was over, Ben was “very happy” for the milestone achieved in Tokyo and stated that during the race he “always trusted” in his possibilities and he trained “very hard to fulfill this dream.”
Just entered an olympic final @ adryben44
“I have bet everything on this and I have dreamed of it so many times; I trusted myself in the hardest test”
With ice, rest and a lot of love 💪💪💪
CONGRATULATIONS Adri and coach @martintagarro
#Spain Athletics #Tokyo2020 #PassionForCompetition pic.twitter.com/jNYvxr1brJ
– atletismoRFEA (@atletismoRFEA) August 1, 2021
“It is one of the most difficult tests in the championship due to the number of participants and the toughness of the rounds,” said the Galician athlete, who, looking back, said that “Just as I wake up tomorrow in Viveiro, I’m about to go to Madrid at 18 and I don’t know what to say.”
“I knew the level was very high, but he trusted me and was not nervous”
“Upon arriving in Tokyo I said that I wanted a minimum of two races and a maximum of three. I knew that the level was very high, but I trusted myself and I was not nervous. I was very sorry not to take advantage of the opportunity because I have trained very hard to achieve this,” he said. Ben, in statements to TVE.
“Athletics has a good and bad part, it is mathematics. I passed the first 200 with a rhythm on my legs, they left, I tried to hit myself, at 400 I saw that I was still going at a good pace, but in the end I said I wanted to be in a final and I pressed “, he concluded.