The first gold medal of Spanish sport in Tokyo 2020 came from the Olympic pit. Fátima Gálvez and Alberto Fernández shot gold in an exciting, intense mixed team final, in which the Cordovan recovered from a bad start and the Madrid man, with nerves of steel, hit 24 of his 25 shots.
After four days without medals, the Spanish team of shooters added the fourth, the first gold, an award for work and perseverance surpassing the pair of San Marino, Alessandra Perilli and Gian Marco Berti, a small country who in three days has won the first two Olympic medals in its history, both on the neck of the shooter.
To Fátima Gálvez and Alberto Fernández the Games owed one. The ones in Tokyo were the third Olympics for her, who brushed the glory in Rio 2016 when she was fourth, a year after being world champion; and the chambers for him, without the possibility of showing in a final of an Olympic stage his good results in world championships (champion in 2010 and 2018).
They both saw how their individual competitions in Tokyo 2020 did not yield the expected result. The Cordovan from Baena, who became fond of shooting when watching the 1992 Barcelona Games, at the age of five, was fourteenth in her qualifying series.
As for the Madrid player, the individual competition had been even more cruel: with 122 hits, he advanced to the knockout stages, in which he was left out.
Joining forces was his best letter. In the mixed competition, in its premiere in the Olympic program in Tokyo 2020, they found the coveted medal, the fourth in Spanish sport in these Olympic Games.
The two had had good results working as a team. Gálvez was runner-up in the world in 2018 and Fernández champion that same year.