Spain added in Eugene the bronzes of Mohamed Katir (1,500) and the now absent Asier Martínez (110 hurdles), the best balance since Moscow’13 (silver by Ruth Beitia in altitude and Miguel Ángel López in the 20 km walk). Later, gold for López in Beijing’15, without medals in London’17 and bronze in 110 hurdles for another great casualty like Orlando Ortega. And it is that there will not be figures like Ana Peleteiro (triple), Jorge Ureña (decathlon), Eusebio Cáceres (longitude), Sara Gallego (400 hurdles), Tere Errandonea (100 hurdles) or the walker Laura García-Caro.
Internationally, it is expected strong emotions with great figures such as the Norwegian Jakob Ingebrigtsen (1,500 and 5,000), the Kenyan Faith Kipyegon (she will double those same two tests), the Dutch Femke Bol (400 hurdles and women’s and mixed 4×400), the Swede Armand Duplantis (pole vault), the Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas (triple), the Dutch Sifan Hassan (1,500, 5,000 and 10,000) and the Americans Ryan Crouser (weight) and Noah Lyles (100, 200 and 4×100).
Serious medal option
The World Cup will start at 8.50 am with the 20 kilometers men’s walk in a hot and humid environment in which Spain has well-founded possibilities of opening its locker. Six kilometers from the stadium, Heroes’ Square (Hösök tere) with its monument of the ‘Seven Magyar chiefs’ will be the starting and finishing point on a two-kilometre circuit.
The great option is Álvaro Martín from Extremaduragold in the last two European, fourth in the Tokyo Games and seventh in the last World Cups. “I arrive in the best possible shape and I have not yet reached my limit,” he commented last Thursday to SPORT, from the Prensa Ibérica group.
Martín is sixth of the year (1h:18.49) in a list dominated by the Chinese Jun Zhang (1h:17.38). The Italian Olympic champion Massimo Stano and the gold medalist of the last two World Cups, the Japanese Toshikazu Yamanishi, stand out. There will also be the European bronze Diego García (1h:19.25) and Luis Alberto Amezcua (1h:20.24).
Assault on the ‘milqui’
The six Spaniards out of 1,500 will seek the pass to the ‘semis’ in a series in which there will only be tickets for positions. At 1:15 p.m. the women will begin. The national champion Esther Guerrero It is the fifth of the year in the second series in which the Kenyan world record holder Faith Kipyegon will be, Marta Pérez will be in the third with the sixth mark (4:02.35) and Águeda Marqués, will start in the fourth and her 4:03.78 surpasses them seven rivals. They spend six of each series.
And to open the evening, at 7:02 p.m. the men’s race will take place. The national gold Adel Mechaal opens fire with his 3:31.43 from Paris together with the Norwegian Ingebrigtsen (3:27.14), in the second Mario García Romo is the second of the year (3:29.18) and Mohamed Katir will start with the best personal best (3:28.76) and of the year (3:28.89) in the third. The first five of each series will be in ‘semis’.
Before, at 11:35 a.m. the three series of 3,000 meter obstacles begin with Dani Arce (8:10.63) as third of the year the second and Víctor Ruiz, fifth with 8:13.89. The first five pass. At 12:25 p.m., Fátima Diamé (6.81 this year), Tessy Ebosele (6.80) and the Catalan ‘combinera’ María Vicente (6.77) will fight for a length final worth 6.80 or be among the first 12. And in the afternoon, the young man from Havana Jasiel Sotero (64.68) will look for a discus final worth 66.50.
100 smooth and three finishes
The American Fred Kerley will begin this Saturday afternoon the defense of the title in the first round of 100 smooth, tests that will be defined tomorrow with the semifinals and the final. In addition, today the men’s weight with Ryan Crouser as the great favorite, the mixed 4×400 relay (semifinals and final) and the women’s 10,000 meters are settled.