The Spanish men’s team is crowned world champion of the 20-kilometer walk

Spain also wins bronze in the women’s event


The Spanish men’s team made up of Paul McGrath, Diego García Carrera, Álvaro López, Marc Tur and Iván López has been proclaimed world champion by country in the 20 kilometer walk, in a World Championship that was held in Antalya (Turkey) and in which the women’s team has won the bronze medal.

The Catalan Paul McGrath, Spanish champion of the distance, contributed decisively to the collective victory with his second position (1:19:14), only behind the Swede Perseus Karlström (1:18:49), world runner-up in Budapest 2023.

Also vital were the third place of Diego García Carrera from Madrid (1:19:51) and the ninth place of Álvaro López, also from Madrid (1:20:20, personal best). In addition, Iván López from Murcia was twenty-eighth (1:22:18) and Marc Tur, twenty-ninth (1:22:27).

With this, Spain rose to first place in the classification with 14 points, ahead of Japan (28) and Italy (36), and thus won its second gold in the men’s event, after the one achieved in A Coruña 2006.

For its part, in the absolute women’s category, Spain, represented by Paula Juárez, Antía Chamosa, Lidia Sánchez-Puebla and Lucía Redondo, won the bronze medal (31 points) in a test in which China won (15) against to Peru (15).

The Madrid-born Lidia Sánchez-Puebla was the best Spaniard at the finish line, eighth (1:30:24, personal best), just ahead of the Galician Antía Chamosa, ninth (1:30:32, personal best). Meanwhile, the Catalan Paula Juárez was fourteenth (1:31:56) and the Madrid-born Lucia Redondo, in her senior debut with the Spanish team, was twenty-first (1:33:03).

With this, the women achieve their fourth medal in a World Team Championship after the gold at Saranks 2012, the silver at Chihuahua 2010 and the bronze at Cheboksary 2008.