Sports say goodbye to Carmen Valero, “the woman who transformed the history” of Spanish athletics


The world of sport has mourned this Tuesday the death of the former athlete Carmen Valero, “the woman who transformed the history” of Spanish athletics and who leaves “an indelible legacy”, after the Aragonese woman did not overcome the consequences of a stroke suffered. at the end of 2023.

“Today is a very sad day, it is impossible for us to say goodbye to the woman who transformed our history. Carmen was an innate talent in the midst of almost impossible circumstances for women. Today we are what we are, thanks to her. You will never we will forget,” said the president of the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation (RFEA), Raúl Chapado, on the social network

The president of the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE), Alejandro Blanco, also joined in the expressions of regret. “Deeply shocked by the news of the death of Carmen Valero, legend of Spanish athletics, first Olympic athlete and two-time world champion in cross country. My sincere condolences to her family, friends and the entire world of athletics. May she rest in peace “, he pointed.

The president of the Higher Sports Council (CSD), José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, regretted the death of the Aragonese, “pioneer, legend and example of our sport.” “My deepest condolences to her family and friends. RIP,” he said. “With deep sadness we say goodbye to Carmen Valero. Reference, example and guide for all the women who followed in her footsteps. Her legacy is indelible. She was the first Spanish Olympic athlete and on two occasions she was proclaimed world cross country champion. Rest well in peace,” added the CSD.

Valero, who was 68 years old, was twice world cross country champion (1976 and 1977) and in Montreal '76 became the first Spanish athlete to participate in the Olympic Games. In addition, she won 25 national titles, from 800 to 5,000 meters.