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Ana Peleteiro, the sailor’s granddaughter who did not want to be a dancer

Ana Peleteiro, the sailor's granddaughter who did not want to be a dancer

The Spanish woman makes history by pulverizing Spain’s record by 25 centimeters and harvesting the Olympic bronze.

Ana Peleteiro after winning bronze in triple jump.AP
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In the Malecn de Ribeira, a large wall built on top of the promenade of this municipality on the west coast of La Corua, they put up a giant screen to see live the jumps of a young woman who was going to dancer, but ended up flying through the slopes Of athletics

Dozens of neighbors delayed lunch to stand in front of the screen, covered with umbrellas from the fine rain that fell, and see how their favorite daughter achieved an Olympic medal. The sailor’s granddaughter had done it.

The spectacle they envisioned, the triple jump final, took place almost 11,000 kilometers away and with a time difference of seven more hours, on a Tokyo night.

The girl from Ribeira who lives in Guadalajara with two cats, Kenya and Venus, already has a bronze medal to walk in front of his 27,000 Galician countrymen. The triplet who loves fashion and cooks pasta bolognese whenever she has guests at her house, has achieved a third place that few in Tokyo bet on.

Luckily Ana Peleteiro (25 years old) did not pay much attention to his father when he put him to ballet classes telling him to see him as good gifts on the park. His future was falling into the sand.

She showed it when she was 16 years old and was proclaimed junior world champion in Barcelona. That was just his first of many strides that have landed him on the podium at an Olympic Games.


A pity that the return to the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, which hit the Spanish flag on its back, was not seen by the 68,000 people that fit into the rebuilt temple of athletics in Japan. The pandemic robbed Peleteiro The standing ovation he deserved after achieving an Olympic bronze, surpassing his own personal record three times.

“It has been many years, many hours of training to get here. I still can’t believe what happened. It was a dream for me,” the Spanish medalist released exalted. “I can’t stop crying. I knew that one day I would make it, but I didn’t know if today I was going to be able to make that leap.”

He did not care that there was no audience in the stadium. I was pletric on the track hugging the queen of the triple jump, Yulimar Rojas, which had just broken all the marks with a world record. The gold, of course, no one doubted that he would win it.

Peleteiro and Rojas did the parade of honor together. They are friends. In addition, they share a coach and mentor, the Cuban Ivn pedroso, who can also boast of having an Olympic gold in long jump at the Sydney 2000 Games. Peleteiro has surrounded himself with medalists in Games in recent years.

His partner, the Portuguese Nelson vora, is Olympic champion in triple jump in Beijing 2008. And Peleteiro is the godmother of the daughter of another Spanish champion, Ray Zapata, who won the silver medal the same day she took bronze.