Sunday, December 3, 2023

Spectacular Spanish ‘full’ in the 800 men’s series

Spain has classified this Tuesday its three male representatives in 800 meters for the semifinals this Thursday at the World Cup in Budapest and all of them by times. Therefore, they have already passed the first sieve Saúl Ordóñez, Adri ben and Mohamed Attaoui.

Despite being a first round, the classification system with only three places for positions and another three for the best overall times With seven series, access to the semifinals was very complicated. Three quarters of the same will happen this Wednesday with the female trio made up of the Spanish champion Lorea Ibarzabal (‘sub’ 2:00.00), the European sub’23 champion, Daniela García and the reborn Lorena Martín after a long and complicated injury.

Saúl Ordóñez was the first to appear in a third series in which the Bosnian-Herzegovinian Amel Tuka and the Algerian Sedjati stood out. And the record holder from Spain handled a slow race to perfection, keeping up the pace and holding the rope into the final turn to retain third place in 1:47.97 despite a final push from the already eliminated American Harris. The victory went to the Kenyan Kipngetich (1:47.63) and Sedjati was second (1:47.87).

In the second Adri Ben emulated the historic career of Russian Yuri Borzakovsky when he emerged from the last position to be proclaimed Olympic champion in Athens 2004. The European champion was not primed in a fast first lap and when he passed the 300 he was four or five meters behind the group to start a spectacular comeback that took him to the first position with 1:45.37. The Galician grows in major competitions and squeezes his options with unparalleled intelligence.

Only the youngest of the three remained, a Mohamed Attaoui who debuted as an absolute after his silver medal in the European sub’23 in 1,500 meters. In a very difficult series in which the Frenchman Benjamin Robert (1:46.45) won, the 21-year-old athlete from Playas de Castellón gritted his teeth in the straight to finish third with 1:46.65 and leave out, among others, the Kenyan Korir or the American Clayton Murphy.

The next round on Thursday from 8:50 p.m. will be even more complicatedwith three semifinals and the prize of the grand final reserved only for the first two of each series and for the two best times in races that are expected to be especially fast due to the need that the strongest will have to take down their rivals in the face of a hypothetical sprint that would open the fan.

Despite this, there will be Saúl Ordóñez, Adri Ben and Mohammed Attaoui, who showed the way to the aforementioned Daniela García, Lorea Ibarzabal and Lorena Martín. That will be this Wednesday.


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