The European Athletics Championships kicked off this Monday at the Munich Olympic Stadium, the scene of the 1972 Games and the European Championships 20 years ago. This Wednesday, on the third day of competition, the main attraction will be the final of the 110m hurdles, with Asier Martinez aspiring to get on the podium. After months of preparation and much suffering in the shadows, a trail of national athletes begins its path to medals on and off the Munich track.
Asier Martinez, bronze medalist in the World Championships 20 days ago, is the favorite for victory in Wednesday’s final of the 110m hurdles that will take place in the afternoon. The semi-finals will be at 8:30 p.m., in which he is not expected to struggle to reach the final, which will be held at 10:22 p.m. Alongside him will also be Enrique Llopis, winner of a bronze medal at the 2021 European Athletics Under-23 Championships.
Martinez points out in an interview for EL PAÍS that he now feels capable of leadership. “Now the focus is put a little on everything that I can say,” explains the Murcian athlete.
The Spanish representation, which already has five medals in these European Championships in Munich, will enjoy another final this Wednesday in which it aspires to get a medal. Pablo Torrijos and Marcos Ruiz yesterday qualified for the triple jump final, which will take place this afternoon at 8:15 p.m. Although both have it difficult to get on the podium, neither lowers their arms and gives up, trusting in a last stroke of luck that could favor them.
The day also has several finals in which unfortunately there will be no Spanish representation. The pole and hammer throw finals will be played, both in the women’s category, and tonight one of the most recognized tests of the championship will take place, the final of the 400m dash, both in the men’s and women’s categories. The Spaniards Óscar Husillos, Manuel Guijarro and Iñaki Cañal were eliminated yesterday and did not get their ticket to the final.
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Source: EL PAIS