09/05/2021 at 6:18 AM CEST
The marathons of the Tokyo Paralympic Games did not provide any medals to the Spanish delegation this Sunday, with Alberto Suárez and Gustavo Nieves obtaining diplomas, with Mari Carmen Paredes finishing in ninth place.
The test of more than 42 kilometers closed the participation of athletics in the Japanese capital and Spain could not extend its good streak in this distance, in which it had obtained five metals between London and Rio de Janeiro, to increase the good results of the national athletics in the appointment, with a total of nine medals and half (4) of the golds.
And the best asset for the tour of emblematic places in Tokyo such as the surroundings of the Imperial Palace, the Asakusa Kaminarimon Gate, the Zozoji Temple or the Nihonbashi and Ginza districts, was the Asturian athlete with visual impairment Alberto Suárez, gold in 2012 and silver in 2016, but he did not arrive with the best preparation.
“Yes it is true that until kilometer 30 we were going well because the pace was very comfortable for me because it is what I am used to training, but I already had problems in the hamstrings before coming that made me stop 15 days in San Cugat and I have I arrived low in volume. The first days training in the Villa I could not do long series and from kilometer 30 I have been long with those problems, “Suárez told RNE in a mixed zone and before having to leave to be treated by dizziness
The Spaniard held out until that moment in the group that was preparing to fight for the bronze medal, since the current champion, the Moroccan El Amin Chentouf had escaped almost at the beginning and took gold with a new Paralympic record, a mark that It had been in the possession of Suárez since 2012, with 2: 21.43, while the silver also seemed to have an owner with another of the candidates, the Australian Jaryd Clifford.
The Tunisians Wajdi Boukhili and Hatem Nasrallah had detached themselves from the Spanish, who was already beginning to suffer and who still had the energy to finish the marathon in a worthy fifth place and a time of 2: 30.44, with the Japanese Tadashi Horikoshi tracing the 10 kilometers finals to complete the podium.
For his part, the other Spanish representative in the race, the Galician Gustavo Nieves, was able to go from less to more to win a Paralympic diploma. The man from Lugo lost contact with the outstanding group very soon, but he knew how to hold on and regulate himself well to overcome rivals from the middle of the course and finish eighth with a time of 2: 32.08.
“I am happy, we have come to fight for the medals, but it has not been possible and getting a diploma is a joy. Given the circumstances with the ‘bubble’, the coronavirus and five hard years, being here is a prize,” he said Nieves in mixed zone, thanking the medical service for recovering him and that he could run “without discomfort”.
The one from Villalba confessed that the change in conditions with rain and lower temperatures caused them to have “inflated legs” almost at the beginning because they had prepared to run “at gentle rhythms”, and confessed his “joy” at being able to finish the test because they could be his “last” Games.
Finally, the Extremaduran María del Carmen Paredes could not get a Paralympic diploma after a race in which she also accused physical problems, but which did not prevent her, together with her guide and husband Lorenzo Sánchez, from finishing the marathon in ninth place with a Time of 3: 37.44.
“For two months I had an injury and pain every day and although at the last minute it seemed to disappear, after kilometer 10 it reappeared and got worse with flatus in the absence of seven kilometers. I had pain, pain and pain, But the satisfaction of being able to finish is not taken away by anyone “, he stressed.