The Goyeneche Auditorium, at the headquarters of the Spanish Olympic Committee, hosted this week the tribute to the Spanish athletes who won medals in the last European Games, held in Krakow from June 21 to July 2. María Dolores García, president of the Catholic University of Murcia, attended this meeting to congratulate in person the UCAM athletes who were present at it.
With 57 medals (21 gold, 17 silver and 19 bronze) and 51 diplomas, the participation of the Spanish team in Poland was a complete success, to which the UCAM athletes contributed directly. For this reason, in his speech, Alejandro Blanco highlighted the presence of “the president of UCAM, which is the University that is doing the most for sports in our country and around the world.”
The Catholic athletes won seventeen medals in Krakow, of which ten were gold: Damián Quintero (karate); Saúl Craviotto, Carlos Arévalo, Marcus Cooper and Rodrigo Germade (K4 – canoeing); Javier Pérez Polo, Adrián Vicente and Adriana Cerezo (taekwondo); Mohamed Katir and Quique Llopis (athletics); Elia Canales (archery); and Carolina Marín (badminton). Three medals were silver: Cayetano García and Pablo Martínez (C2) and Antía Jácome (canoeing); and Elia Canales (archery). And four bronze: Araceli Martínez (paddle tennis); María Torres (karate); Raúl Martínez (taekwondo); and Laura Fuertes (boxing).
Goal: Paris 2024
In addition, this competition helped several UCAM athletes achieve a place for the next Olympic Games, which will be held in 2024. Only in the three competitions held this summer (European Games, world athletics and canoeing championship) and other qualifiers are and 20 Catholic athletes qualified for Paris. In Tokyo 2020, UCAM was the university in the world with the most representatives (80) among athletes, technicians and doctors.
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