Sánchez-Escribano, Peleteiro and Ndikumwenayo dominate the start of La Nucía 2024

The Toledo woman achieved an exciting Olympic ticket in 3,000 obstacles


The Spanish athlete Irene Sánchez-Escribano achieved the minimum to be in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games in the 3,000 hurdles in an emotional race in the Spanish Championship that began this Friday in La Nucía, where Ana Peleteiro and Thierry Ndikumwenayo won the triple jump and the 5,000.

Sánchez-Escribano came second but took advantage of the pull of her teammates, Marta Serrano who launched the test and Carolina Robles who pushed until the end with the Toledo woman behind to go together to the French capital. Robles won with her personal best, 9:22:19, and Sánchez Escribano took silver with 9:24:47, the RFEA minimum for Paris 2024.

The Camilo Cano Stadium provided its first Olympic-inspired moment in the 104th edition of the Spanish Open Air Championships, with the French capital as the target for many athletes. The current Olympic triple jump bronze medallist, Ana Peleteiro, was the centre of attention at the end of the first day.

The Galician had no rivals to become Spanish champion for the seventh time, although she improved to make her best jump in the last attempt (14.27). The recent European champion will go to Paris in search of gold, given the absence due to injury of the defending champion, her friend, the Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas.

The men’s 5,000m final also featured a number of names, where Thierry Ndikumwenayo, who had just won the European bronze medal in Rome, took on Adel Mechaal, who will also compete in the 1,500m. Both ran alone for almost 12 laps of the La Nucía track, with a strong pace from Ndikumwenayo who, after recovering in the penultimate lap, was left alone in his final attack.

Speed ​​closed on Friday with the 100-meter titles for Abel Alejandro Jordán and Paula García. In addition, Adrián Pérez won gold in the pole vault. In the morning session, Raquel González and Kevin Arreaga won the first golds in the 10,000-meter walk and the hammer.

In the march, the favorites Antía Chamosa, Lidia Sánchez-Puebla, in charge of setting the pace during the first six kilometers, and Raquel González led the race until the record holder in the discipline (42:14.12 in 2016) made a change of speed. pace that sent her to her third gold.

Meanwhile, without the myth Javier Cienfuegos, 12 titles, the gold went to Kevin Arreaga, Spanish long throw champion, with his best mark of 73.72 in the second attempt. In the afternoon, Laura Redondo won her fifth hammer title, fourth in a row.