Alberto Fernández and Fátima Gálvez, a gold in the name of the father: the story of a medal

Precision, temperance and mental strength, those are the three keys that make the Olympic shooter a virtuoso of this modality. Spain has a ‘@tiraora’ with a lot of art and a ‘Geiperman’ who plays the guitar as well as he bursts dishes. Under those nicknames are hidden two of the main candidacies for the Olympic medal that the country has. In their shots there could be up to three different medals in play and in all of them they had options.

For this appointment of the Tokyo Olympic Games, Spain combines experience and class in abundance with Alberto Fernandez Y Fatima Galvez. It is not that they are a novelty for this edition, since their names have been sounding during the last Olympics. During the rest of the four years that this process lasts, five this time, they keep winning. They do not make the headlines, but their work has found its final reward with the result they have obtained in Japan.

2020 was the year that they had marked themselves as the one that could mark the zenith of their careers, but they finally had to wait until 2021. In a sport in which psychological matters are so important, Covid-19 was a hard trance that overcome. Both have worked hard in this circumstance to also overcome the barrier that both have encountered in the Olympic Games in all their participations.

Fátima Gálvez and Alberto Fernández, during a 2017 competition


After last month’s European bronze in the mixed event, both faced the event in Japan with great optimism. They have always haunted the medal options and some specific failures have kept them from the award. On this occasion, they have participated in both the men’s and women’s events and in the mixed race. Three competitions in which they had shown so far this year that they arrive in very good shape. Finally, the award came in the group category, which premiered at the Olympics.


Alberto was coming for his fourth Olympic Games in Tokyo after having missed the medal on several occasions. He is three-time world champion and with one of these championships he won the passport for this summer. Of course, it has never been among the top ten of the test in an Olympic event: it was thirty-third in Beijing, Twenty-en London and seventeenth in River. The progression is clear, but hopefully the improvement is substantial until the podium.

This all started because of Gregorio, his father, who since he let him take the shotgun with which he competed with three years, could no longer separate himself from the world of dishes. It would be at nine when he would officially start shooting. Age in this sport is not a problem, since it is always determined that the best sports performance is reached between 35 and 40 years. The Madrilenian arrives in Tokyo with 38, so it was his moment.

Alberto Fernández, playing the guitar with his group 'Los Geiperman'

Alberto Fernández, playing the guitar with his group ‘Los Geiperman’

The Geipermans

He can dedicate himself to this thanks to the fact that he teaches classes in this discipline all over the world, although he also has time for his music group, of which he is a guitarist. ‘The Geipermans‘is the group that shares with Álvaro Hervás, Javier Provencio Y Alberto Moliner with which they pay tribute to the Men G. Alberto Fernández wants to have a good time in Tokyo and hit the mark with a medal that highlights his career in this sport.

23 years ‘shot’

If Alberto had been close to that Olympic medal, the Fatima thing has not been hitting the plate, but the stick. The 2015 world champion has two Olympic diplomas in the two editions of the Games she has attended. She was fifth in London and fourth in Rio and, following the example of the natural progression that was put with Fernández, the bronze was going to do justice to this Cordoba who usually lives in Granada. This year she has been the European champion and with a push she arrives in Tokyo.

With his 14,000 euro weapon he wants to compete even at a fairly late age as he takes care of body and mind with more sport. He likes to compete in triathlon events and he also likes to jump into the water from time to time. His also began at the age of eight when he told his father Pio that he not only wanted to accompany him on the hunt, but also wanted to shoot. The gunpowder thing is his thing, that’s why it bears that name on Twitter that was highlighted at the beginning of the text.

At 34, he says he has been 23 without stopping to put the bullet in the plate and his great moment has arrived in these Olympic Games. Although she is also focused on finishing her studies in nursing and psychology, her great illusion is to be able to hang that medal that time has denied her until now. Together with Alberto, Spain has raised these two incredible professionals who arrived at a great moment to be able to give the first great joy in the form of gold to the whole country.

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