Athletic walking, Spain’s great asset in Paris: predictions give 21 medals

Los Olympic Games They are the great goal of practically any professional athlete. For some, the simple fact of experiencing the Games is already a dream. Others crave the medal. With the Olympic event getting closer, until 250 Spanish athletes are already classified and ready to compete in Paris, while some teams and athletes continue fighting for the ticket.

In Tokyo, 326 athletes (188 men and 138 women) represented Spain, participating in 29 different sports and achieving a total of 17 medals (3 gold). In Paris, race walking, canoeing and sailing and team sports They are the great assets of a Spanish delegation that will seek to surpass the Tokyo medal table.

The prediction gives 21 medals

Spain would stay in Paris a single medal for your best participation, the one in Barcelona 92 ​​where he got 22 metals. This is indicated by Nielsen’s prediction, which awards 21 medals (6 gold).

This prediction is about a statistical model based on the results of world cups, Europeans and the evolution of world rankings of all sports. And, according to this virtual medal table, the United States, China, Great Britain, Japan and France will lead the fight for the medals, while Spain would be the eleventh nationa climb of ten places, since in Tokyo he finished in 22nd position.

Athletic walking, the great hope

The athletic walk It will be one of the key sports for national hopes. The World Cup in Budapest in August last year crowned both Alvaro Martin Uriol such as Maria Perez. After that great performance, the prediction awards three medals in progress. Martín would win the gold, María Pérez the silver and together in the relay they could get the third medal.

In athletics, – even with the places to be designated by the federation -, the triple jump specialist Ana Peleteiro-Compaoré (bronze in Tokyo) leaves with great medal options, especially after the rupture of the Achilles tendon of the current Olympic champion, the Venezuelan Yulimar Rojaswho has said goodbye to the Games.

Ana Peleteiro. / EP

They will seek the same objective Fatima Diame and Jordan Díaz in length or Mariano Garcia in the midfield. The nationalization of the Cuban javelin thrower Yulenmnis Aguilar – you have to get the minimum to be there – increase the Spanish medal options in this discipline.

Canoeing and sailing

In canoeing (3) y vela (2), Spain could get up to five medals. The canoeist Saul Craviotto – two-time Olympic champion – will face his fifth participation in a Games with medal options, forming a quartet with Marcus Cooper, Carlos Arévalo and Rodrigo Germadeás, silver in Tokyo. The women’s K4-500 also aims for a medal with the quartet that won bronze in the last World Cup (Teresa Portela, Sara Ouzande, Estefanía Fernández and Carolina García).

Although pending classification, – they depend on the World Cup in May – Tano García and Pablo Martínez hope to play a good role in C2-500; world champions in 2022. Antía Jacomé and María Corbera will also do so, already with a ticket.

In sailing, the predictions award metals in the mixed 470 and men’s 49er, where Jordi Xammar and Nora Brugman and Diego Botín and Florian Trittel They leave with great options. In rowing, although the prediction does not award them a medal, the couples will repeat Jaime Canalejo-Javi García y Aina Cid- Virginia Diaz; both achieved a sixth place in the two-coxless final.

Contact and team sports

In contact sports, Martin Molina y Emmanuel Reyes-Pla in boxing, Fran Garrigós in judo, and Adrian Vicente and the current Olympic runner-up Adriana Cerezo in taekwondo, they appear as medalists in the prediction. The current Olympic champions in shooting Fatima Galvez y Alberto Fernandez They are also a great medal asset, just like the golfer Jon Rahmwho could not be in Tokyo due to covid-19 and the world number 3 tennis player, Carlos Alcaraz, who assured that he would prefer to win Olympic gold than Roland Garros.

Spanish taekwondist Adriana Cerezo. / EFE

Team sports always tend to guarantee a fight for medals for Spain. Both football teams They start with great options, especially the women’s team, the current world and Nations League champions. They will be there too both water polo teamsthe men’s team arrives after winning European gold and world bronze and the women’s team has won a European silver and a world bronze medal.

Alexia Putellas, Irene Paredes and Jenni Hermoso celebrate the World Cup won in Australia. / EFE

The Hispanics and the Warriors of handball, will also be in Paris after passing two Pre-Olympics. Despite the European failure of the men’s team, the prediction counts them as possible medalists.

The Spanish men’s basketball team He still has to win the ticket, he will do so at the Valencia Pre-Olympic from July 2 to 7. Despite the decline of the golden generation of Spanish basketball, Sergio Scariolo’s men cannot be considered dead, as they demonstrated by winning the 2022 Eurobasket. The women’s team has already secured the Games.

Compared to last summer, the prediction no longer trusts the cyclist’s medals David Valerowho achieved a very creditable silver in mountain biking or the Olympic champion in climbing Alberto Gines, still pending classification; although it is clear that they will be great assets for Spanish interests.

Alberto Ginés, gold in climbing in Tokyo 2020, in the CAR of Sant Cugat where he lives. / JORDI COTRINA

Other athletes such as Laura Heredia, the first Spanish pentathlete, Iris Tió and Alisa Ozhogina in artistic swimming, Ray Zapata and the artistic gymnastics team or the rhythmic gymnastics ensemble, trained by Alejandra Quereda, silver in Rio 2016. They all share dreams and sacrifices.

2024-04-17 04:47:33
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