The Spanish athletes today added two new medals that, although they were not gold, they seemed: the silver achieved by the gymnast Ray Zapata with the same score as the winner, and the bronze in triple jump of Ana Peleteiro after beating his Spanish record twice.
The Lanzarote gymnast won this Sunday the second place in the floor final, in which he obtained 14,933 points, the same as the Israeli Artem Dolgopyat, but he was ahead for presenting an exercise with a greater degree of difficulty.
It was the sixth medal that the Spanish delegation competing in Tokyo, after one gold in shooting, two silver in taekwondo and canoeing and two bronzes in mountain biking and tennis, to which a third place was to be added at the end of the day.
Peleteiro took bronze in a triple jump final where His training partner, the Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas, won, who set a new world record, 15.67 meters, on his last attempt at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium.
The Galician athlete managed to beat her own national record twice, first with 14.77 in the second shift and then with 14.87 in the fifth, and ended up celebrating the bronze with Rojas, the great star of the day.
So what athletics had not started well for Spain, with a morning session in which the four participants were eliminated, although finally Carolina Robles was re-qualified for the final of 3,000 m hurdles for having been seriously harmed by the fall of a rival.
But in the afternoon the outlook improved when Galician Adrián Ben achieved a new historical milestone by becoming the first Spanish runner to enter an 800-meter Olympic final, with a time of 1: 44.30 that gave him fourth place in the second series and one of the two play-offs.
LUCKY SHOOT IN TEAMS
The Spanish women’s basketball team beat Canada 66-76 in their last match of the group stage and will advance as the first of the group to the quarter-finals, whose pairings will be decided by draw.
The men’s, on the other hand, lost 87-95 against Slovenia in the last game of their group, so they finished second and will face the United States in the quarterfinals.
The men’s basketball team managed to recover from their defeat against France and sealed his pass to the quarterfinals after beating Argentina this Sunday by a clear 36-27.
In hockey, Spain said goodbye to the Tokyo Games with a defeat in the quarterfinals against Belgium (1-3), in a match in which the “RedSticks” forced the current world champions and silver to overcome in Rio 2016.
While sailing, El Nacra 17 by Tara Pacheco and Florian Trittel qualified this Sunday in fifth position of the general for the ‘Medal Race’ (regatta for the medals), which will be held next Tuesday.
DRESSEL CLAIMS THE THRONE
The American swimmer Caeleb Dressel, one of the athletes who had generated the most expectation for these Games, closed his participation in Tokyo achieving its fifth gold medal, one less than it aspired to win, but which allows him in any case to claim the throne of world swimming, vacant since the retirement of the legendary Michael Phelps.
Australian Emma McKeon established herself as ‘the Queen’ of female speed, after adding to the golds he achieved in the 100 free and 4×100 tests this Sunday in the final of the 50 free.
The biggest surprise of the day came in the men’s 100-meter final, which the Italian sprinter conquered, Lamont Jacobs, with a mark of 9.80 which makes him successor to the legendary Usain Bolt.