Husillos reigns in the 400 and Jorge Ureña does not achieve excellence in La Nucía


The second day of the Spanish Outdoor Athletics Championship this Saturday left Óscar Husillos’ seventh title in 400 meters, while Jorge Ureña and Víctor Ruiz put in a great performance in the decathlon and 3,000 hurdles with which they did not achieve the minimum RFEA to be in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

In the morning session, double world champion Álvaro Martín won his seventh gold in the 10,000 meter walk, beating another legend of Spanish athletics, his teammate and friend Miguel Ángel López. Meanwhile, the discus thrower Inés López premiered her record on a morning without surprises in the semifinals of the most attractive event of the championship: the men’s 800 meters, with Mariano García, Mohamed Attaoui, Adrián Ben, Álvaro de Arriba and Saúl Ordóñez leading the options of qualification.

In the afternoon, the action increased with the arrival of the finals. The finale was the 400m, with Husillos achieving a historic seventh national title, more than anyone else in the distance, with a time of 45.66, followed by Iñaki Canal. The man from Palencia will not be in Paris for the event but the 4x400m relay is still up in the air under the decision of the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation.

Likewise, the women’s 4×400 relay remains to be seen, especially after the first national title of Berta Segura, who won with 51.68 over Blanca Hervás. In the 400 hurdles, Sergio Fernández did not achieve the Olympic minimum, second behind Jesús David Delgado, while the return of record holder Sara Gallego resulted in a silver, behind Daniela Fra.

With many athletes looking for their ticket to Paris, whether it be in the Olympic minimum, RFEA minimum, the excellence that they have to face apart from Spanish athletics, or the quotas for each event, La Nucía left another day with drama, especially that experienced by Ureña, national decathlon champion for the fourth time with 8,102 points, 48 ​​from that Federation minimum, although he could be in the Games by international ranking.

The man from Alicante, competing at home, left satisfied with his effort in a season complicated by injuries, which he forced in the last round through Paris in the Camilo Cano without a prize. Meanwhile, Víctor Ruiz, with last year’s Olympic minimum, also did not reach that RFEA competitiveness mark in the 3,000 obstacles, broken by crossing the finish line in second position behind Daniel Arce.

The long jump final was also filled with excitement and frustration in equal measure. Jaime Guerra won with 8.17, but will have to wait for the World Athletics ranking for Paris, while Eusebio Cáceres did not achieve his Olympic goal, coming second with 8.07 and a bitter last failed attempt, also awaiting the ‘Road to Paris’. Tessy Ebosele, the women’s long jump champion, also has a chance of being in the French capital.