The Spaniard improves his mark of the year three times but remains three centimeters from the bronze, with a best attempt of 8.18, in an affordable final. Cienfuegos enters the hammer final.
“No, no, no …” He shook his head Eusebio Cceres while the rest celebrated their last attempt: 8.18 meters. It was third in the denouement of the length. “No, no, no …” Something did not convince him despite having made the best jump of the year in the place where it should be done, the Olympic final. The Alicante man knows too much about this. It was a fair mark, very fair to be on an Olympic podium, despite the fact that the final had not found the expected level. It wasn’t like the female triple.
Three centimeters separated Eusebio Cceres from being the second Spanish medalist at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. Also in the pit, as Ana Peleteiro, and also with suspense until the end. Miltiades Tentoglu agreed with him. The Greek, the best of the year, flew to 8.41 to match the mark with which he had achieved before moving on to the improvement Juan Miguel Echevarra. In his last attempt, the Cuban broke and this prevented him from achieving victory. Cceres was fourth.
“No, no, no …” The Spaniard lamented, near the position where his coach was, Juan Carlos lvarez placeholder image, because, at 29, he does not know if he will have similar opportunities, although he still has athleticism. The curse of the fourth places haunts him. It was already in the World Cup in Moscow in 2013, then separated only by one centimeter, two less than in Tokyo, from the podium.
A BAD YEAR
Cceres did not arrive at the Olympic appointment in his best season. In fact, he did not reach the Olympic minimum (8.22) to be in the Games, but he was able to enter the team due to his classification by ranking. With that minimum, the Cuban Maykel masso caught the bronze. This speaks of the requirement and the reality of this final length. The Spaniard had jumped 8.04 in 2021, far from his 8.27, and in the Spanish Championships, where he did 8.03, he felt discomfort that aroused concerns.
Once in Tokyo, everything changed. Qualifying left him feeling good and, already in the final, the Alicante from Onil jumped 8.09 on his second attempt. He was above his best record this year, only to improve it another two times (8.12 and 8.18). Actually, she did the same as Ana Peleteiro, but in a contest of a different level, in which the winner was more than half a meter from the world record, unlike Yulimar Rojas, and in which the Spanish was also far from the 8.56 left in inheritance by the late Yago Lamela. The Galician beat hers twice.
‘MR. JUMPS ‘, OUT OF THE PODIUM
The final knocked one of Tokyo’s athletic attractions off the podium, JuVaughn Harrison, known as’ Mr. Jumps’, by alternating length and height. He earned it in the trials of his country. The calendar has gone against him, because the American has had to jump daily between qualifications and the end of both tests, already concluded. Matching his 2.33 of the ‘trials’ in Tokyo did not give him a place on the podium in height, but it would have done in the podium in length, gold. However, he only passed eight meters (8.15) once, a far cry from his 8.47 this year.
After the women’s triple and men’s length, the hammer final will also have a Spanish representation, when qualifying Javier Cienfuegos with a best pitch of 76.91. Jael betsuDespite making a personal best in 200 (23.19), he did not enter the semifinals, during the first part of a day in which the fences left the best of the year in his place. Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, who has only lost one race this year, dominated 100 at 12.37. A Puerto Rican and a Venezuelan dominate 100 hurdles and triple, and an Italian and a Greek, 100 and length. Some hierarchies tremble in Tokyo.