The last day of the U20 World Cup in Nairobi (Kenya) had six Spaniards in five finals. All with the firm intention of continuing to increase the spoils of the RFEA delegation in a championship in which the excellent level of Spain and the fantastic future that lies ahead have been demonstrated . And the end of the party was spectacular until the usual bureaucracy ended at 5,000 with the dream of Carla Domínguez, the prodigious athlete from Terrassa (18 years old), who in her first year focused on athletics, and in her debut in the U20 category, She has been four-time champion in Spain: cross country, 3,000 indoor and outdoor tracks and 5,000 meters ; and European champion in Tallinn (Estonia)
In Nairobi, Carla had a very smart race without being carried away by the frequent and brutal changes of pace of the African women to pick up bodies and finish 5th with 16: 45.79 in the third 5,000 of her life … until the judges disqualified to the Ugandan Chesang and the Ethiopian Wudu for stepping outside the limits of the track, which gave Carla the bronze medal. Emotion invaded the ‘African’ from Terrassa who had to see how an hour later she returned to fifth place and was left without a medal since the appeal committee admitted the claim of Uganda and Ethiopia and reclassified them, something that has not happened with the rest of the athletes excluded from the championship for the same reason.Spain tried to do the same, but the complaint was a dead letter. Once again in these matters. Despite the disappointment, Carla’s fifth place finish in a final with seven athletes from the black continent must be considered a great success.
The other great asset of the day was Tessy Ebosele in the long jump. The 19-year-old from Alava had already won the silver medal in triple jump in Nairobi with a personal best: 13.63. At twelve centimeters from the Swedish Askag, who also took the title in length. Ebosele started the contest with a very good 6.46 that placed her with the medal on the horizon. However, with the passing of the jumps, the athlete born in Morocco and of Nigerian descent who arrived on the peninsula with her mother Evely in a dinghy, was losing positions. Final fifth place for Tessy the fantastic jumper who studies Law and is trained by Asier San Sebastián. In the same length final, Evelyn Yankey (17 years old) was eleventh with 5.90.
The rest of the day’s Spanish performance had started with Mireya Arnedillo in the 1,500 final. “Go out to die, compete well and give everything,” he said in the previous one. And the Aragonese, who trains Jesús Romero Martín, and who can be seen preparing in the Parque Grande of his hometown and who mainly only uses the track to tune in the last training sessions before the competitions, did so. Sixth place with 4: 26.45.
For his part, Marc Fernández could do little against the Africans in a 3,000 hurdles captured in the top eight classified by African athletes. But, the 19-year-old Catalan did it fantastically to be ninth with 9: 09.61, the first European and the first non-representative of the black continent in goal. Turn for the album with Marcos Moreno Sáez from Rioja (06/18/2003). The ‘iron skinny’, a worthy heir to his father and coach of the same name who was the decathlon champion of Spain in 2000. The 18-year-old discóbolo did not have his best day and with 54.49 he was ninth and could not go to the improvement or achieve a place of finalist after having shot 58.04 in the only attempt in the classification.
A 10 FOR THE SPANISH DELEGATION
The RFEA sent 16 athletes to Nairobi and returned with three medals and ten places of finalists (athlete among the top 8 classified) in what can be considered perhaps the best overall performance of Spain in a U-20 World Cup in history. The records so far were the four medals (Valentín Massana, Fermín Cacho, Mari Cruz Díaz and Olga Sánchez) from Sudbury (Canada) in 1988 and the ten places of finalists reached in Lisbon (Portugal) in 1994. In Nairobi 2021 has been they equaled the finalists and they have stayed within a medal of the greatest milestone. The future of Spanish athletics is assured as it is in incredible health.
This was the Spanish performance by positions in Nairobi:
Silver: Tessy Ebosele (triple jump)
Bronze: Paul McGrath (10,000 m walk) and José San Pastor (decathlon)
4th place: Pol Oriach (1,500 m) and Lucía Carrillo (200 m)
5th place: Tessy Ebosele (long jump), and Carla Domínguez (5,000 m)
6th place: Marta Serrano (3,000 meter hurdles), Marina Martínez (800 m) and Mireya Arnadillo (1,500 m)
9th place: Marc Fernández (3.00 m hurdles) and Marcos Moreno (disc)
10th place: Juan Jiménez (hammer) and Aitana Radsma (100m hurdles)
11th place: Evelyn Yankey (length)
Semifinals: Jorge García (400m hurdles)