The Granada-born (in 1,500), the Galician (800) and the Catalan (1,500) made a personal mark in the Diamond League in Stockholm.
Five Spaniards took part in the Swedish stop of the Diamond League in Stockholm and they responded with a lot, especially the three who will participate in the Tokyo Games : Esther Guerrero, Adrián Ben and Ignacio Fontes. They signed a personal best and moved through the top positions, especially Fontes, who was second in 1,500 after world champion Timothy Cheruiyot.
The first was Esther Guerrero in 1,500. The one from Banyoles recognizes that it has been a plus in her career to enter tests on the international circuit and endorsed that she has taken many tables with a fourth place and her personal best (4: 02.41). The Ethiopian Welteji won with 4: 00.68, Guerrero came very close. Live a good time, as he demonstrated at Nacional.
The one who lives installed in the world elite, despite his 22 years , is Adrián Ben. Viveiro’s, sixth in the world in Doha 2019, finished fourth in the 800 meters with 1: 44.18 in a race in which he managed the times to perfection. Arturo Martín’s disciple was competitive until the end and came within just three tenths of the winner Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich (1: 43.84).
Ben also proved to be very strong at the Getafe Nationals , where he took gold in a demanding test in which five athletes aspired to three Olympic places. Both in that race and in this one in Stockholm , the management that the Galician is capable of doing in both laps is surprising. Low wear and tear and the right decisions to give your best.
Fontes, second only to Cheruiyot
And spectacular was the 1,500 of the Granada-born Ignacio Fontes. 3: 33.27, personal best, and he was second, the most important. Fontes beat high-level specialists like Musagala, Kwemoi, Birgen … and only succumbed to world champion Timothy Cheruiyot. A tremendous confidence boost ahead of the Tokyo Games.
“I raced on Thursday on the Oslo mile and I didn’t feel so good, today I felt good. I won here in Sweden in the U23 championships, so I have good memories . Now is the time to go back to Spain, train and prepare. for Tokyo. This year 1500 is at a huge level, everyone is good: Europeans, Americans, Australians, it’s crazy “, said Fontes, Jesús Montiel’s ward in Granada:” You have to be 100%. “
He was third in 3,000 obstacles Ibrahim Ezzaydouni, with 8: 24.40, an athlete who will miss the Tokyo Games (he had a minimum, but Carro, Martos and Arce were summoned). Seventh was Víctor Ruiz, with 8: 43.83. The Ethiopian Firewu won (8: 20.27).