Indoor Athletics

Mohamed Katir: hair in the wind and soul of a poet

His plan B to be a firefighter, in case the athletics thing did not work, it seems that it will remain parked for a while longer. Mohamed Katir still does not find his limits and since Friday night he is the new Spanish record holder of the 1,500, a record that adds to the one he achieved in the 5,000 just a month ago and that makes him the great sensation of Spanish athletics and a of the great hopes of a medal in the next Olympic Games.

Katir achieved the new top in the Monaco meeting of the Diamond League, an emblematic stage where he finished second, after the Kenyan Timothy Cheruiyot, current world champion. The Spaniard served a stellar performance to stop the clock in a stratospheric 3: 28.76, 19 hundredths lower than that achieved by Fermín Cacho in the 1997 Zurich meeting (3: 28.95). The record for the ‘milqui’ was one of the oldest, almost 24 years, and also the one with the greatest tradition, but nothing seems to be enough for Katir, 23, who has had an amazing season both indoors and outdoors, a year that he hopes to crown in Tokyo with a metal. There he will run the 5,000, his star test, where he also holds the Spanish record (12: 50.79) after snatching it from Alemayehu Bezabeh on June 10 in Florence.

Katir raced in the Louis II stadium with the manual of the great specialists. He held to the back of the group in the first 800 meters while the Polish Sowinski printed a fierce pace (he passed in 1:50 at that point). Then he hit Jakob Ingebrigtsenand he was climbing positions to face the last lap with guarantees. With 300 meters to go, he overtook the Norwegian and launched himself for Cheruiyot. In the last corner it seemed that he could take the victory, but the last acceleration of the African was too much for him. Despite not winning, he crossed the finish line looking at the stopwatch, knowing that his mark was good. Seeing the numbers on the screen, he raised his hands to his head and smiled. Its registration is also the second best European brand of all time. Behind him came powerful athletes such as the Australian Stewart McSweyn, the Pole Marcin Lewandowski or the Ethiopian Samuel Tefera. Also the eldest of the Ingebrigtsen, Filip.

Katir (Alcazarquivir, 1998) was born in Morocco, but has lived in the Murcian town of Mula since she was five years old. He began to be the focus of the spotlight at the beginning of this year, when he reached the European Indoor Championship with the best mark in the 3,000. In that championship he finished fourth, but he did not let frustration take hold of him. Since then he began to work “like a damn animal” in the CAR of Sierra Nevada, where they continue to hallucinate with his progression. “It’s not magic or faith,” he says. It’s just daily work. Thanks to that I can believe that I am one of the best in the world.

She likes to write poetry and her black hair looks in the portfolio of a modeling agency where she also does her first steps. He says athletics came at the right time in his life, when soccer was starting to bore him and the street offered other distractions. Since then it has made sacrifice its main flag.

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