Spain, without a medal in 20 km march: Álvaro Martín fourth and Diego García sixth in Tokyo

Spain takes a new chocolate medal. The country touches a new bronze in the 20 Km. marcha after what Alvaro Martin has been fourth in the test that has been disputed in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics this Thursday. He stays at the gates of the podium too Diego Garcia Carrera, which has been sixth. The Italian Stano It has been the gold and the Japanese Ikeda Y Yamanishi, silver and bronze, in a test in which the two Spaniards were in the leading group all the time.

Stano’s change of pace, who took the Japanese with him, left the two Spaniards in the lurch. They could not follow the three who have finally been medals with two kilometers to go to the end of the test. Despite the fact that they had shown good legs throughout the competition and had no warnings about how to run, neither Martín and García managed to get into the fight for the medals. Miguel Angel Lopez, the other national rider, did not have a good day and was 31st.

Seventeen years after the victory of Ivano Burgnetti in Athens 2004, Italy once again has an Olympic champion in this discipline. Despite being a rookie, Massimo Stano arrived at the most important event as one of the main candidates for victory. He had won the test of the Flames de Oro, had been and his best results in the World Cups had been a nineteenth in 2015 and a fourteenth in 2019. He is the man who has left the Japanese who ran at home without gold.

The Extremaduran Álvaro Martín was 18 seconds behind a historic bronze, but also a penalty from the Japanese Yamanishi, who had only one left to have had to give up the podium. They risked more and, despite those warnings, they managed to get ahead. He wanted to get rid of the bad taste of the 22nd position in the Rio Games. He came from being a champion of Europe in 2018 and he arrived with the fourth best mark of the test, but he has had to settle for the chocolate medal.

The champion of Spain in the 20 km march, Diego García, arrived with the feeling of revenge after an injury separated him from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Diego plays the trombone, has his own band and during confinement he dedicated himself to fill his social networks with videos that he recorded with his sister where he demonstrated his skills. This Thursday I wanted to give a great concert in the streets of Sapporo, where the heat and humidity made a thermal sensation higher than 35ºC.

Both he and Álvaro touched with their fingers a medal that would have finally confirmed them on the international field. Spain is unlucky again in this test, where there are always great walkers but, when push comes to shove, there is always one more point missing. Honor, in any case, for these two Olympic diplomas that the delegation adds.

[Más información: De Bragado a María Pérez: la marcha tira del atletismo en los Juegos Olímpicos para España]

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