Llopis and Jordan fly, Attaoui wins the 800 and La Nucía distributes the last minimums to Paris

Águeda Marqués and Jaël Bestué will be at the Games


The 104th edition of the Spanish Athletics Championships ended this Sunday in La Nucía with a stellar performance by Quique Llopis, Jordan Díaz and Mohamed Attaoui in the 110-metre hurdles, the triple jump and the 800 metres, while Águeda Marqués and Jaël Bestué each earned their tickets to the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

The Camilo Cano Stadium left two RFEA minimums on the last day, those of Águeda Marqués (1,500) and Jaël Bestué (200), who will be in Paris after suffering until the last day before the national coach, José Peiró, draws up the list of Paris 2024. Esther Guerrero won the ‘milqui’, while, after being surpassed in the 5,000 by Thierry Ndikumwenayo, Adel Mechaal retaliated with his fifth gold in the 1,500, where Javier Mirón was second while awaiting the ranking from World Athletics to find out if he will be at the Games. In the men’s 200m, Pol Retamal did not reach that minimum, despite a great victory that he did not fully celebrate.

Quique Llopis will go to the French capital with ambition for medals, who flew in the final of the 110 meter hurdles, equaling Orlando Ortega’s Championship record (13.16), ahead of Asier Martínez. The recent European runner-up signed an undisputed victory as the European triple jump champion.

Jordan Díaz only competed against himself in the triple jump and did not fail in his first option to be champion of Spain. One who arrives and another who leaves, like Carlos Tobalina, with his last title of national shot put champion, the seventh in a row, with 19.31 and the recognition of the entire stadium.

The last morning session already left excitement, especially with the aforementioned final of the men’s 800, where Mohamed Attaoui won. In a very ‘Spanish’ event and distance, with up to six athletes risking being in Paris in one way or another, Mariano García had to give everything to get into the fight, but he was not given the bike.

The Murcian led the race but finished fourth, ahead of Attaoui who, after his recent continental silver in Rome, also excelled in La Nucía despite entering last in the last lap (1:45:03). Second was Elvin Josué Canales (1:45.53) and third was Adrián Ben (1:45:55), in a ‘selective’ that seems to have no surprises on José Peiró’s Olympic list this Wednesday.

Also in the morning, the women’s weight and javelin competitions went to Belén Toimil, five centimeters away from her Spanish record to win her fifth national title, and Yulenmis Aguilar. Meanwhile, Manu Quijera relieved his brother Nico, with the title in the men’s javelin.