Mo Katir:

From a area in Murcia to the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo after breaking three data for Spain. He was one of many favorites to get on the rostrum within the 5,000 meters, however Mohamed Katir was eighth.

Mo Katir, after the 5,000 meter closing.EFE
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He walked off the courtroom barefoot, sporting one white and one black sock. He walked together with his head down, as if his physique weighed. However when he acquired into the tunnel that led to the combined zone, Mohamed Katir El Haouzi raised his head and smiled. He didn’t need to give the picture of a defeated document holder in entrance of the cameras that awaited him. Fairly the alternative. Katir swore and perjured that she was glad.

“Well, I have been an Olympic diploma. Not bad. At 23 I entered a 5,000 meter Olympic final and I finished eighth. That is why I am very happy,” mentioned the athlete. “I am still very young. I have a lot to improve to be able to fight the Africans, who have been very hard today. But I am sure that when I gain experience I will be the best.”

With every microphone or recorder that stopped, he all the time repeated the identical phrase: insanity. “It’s crazy what I’m living”; “It was crazy to get here”; “It was crazy to enter the Olympic final”; “I’ve been unlucky because it has been crazy how the others have run.”

Three Ugandans, a Kenyan and an Ethiopian began very quick. Stride after stride, they left Katir behind, who misplaced on the high of the group with 500 meters to go to complete the race. The legs of the Spaniard didn’t maintain. The ugands Joshua Cheptegei the gold was hung (12: 58,quarter-hour), adopted by the Canadian Ahmed Mohamed (12: 58,61) and the American Paul chelimo (12: 59.05). Katir managed to get her power within the final meters to take no less than the Olympic diploma (13:06, 60).

An eighth place that might not be dangerous for a newbie if it weren’t for the expectations that an athlete had created that few months in the past only a few knew. A runner who virtually went from profitable in style races to make some cash, to combating for a medal on the Olympic Video games. He arrived in Tokyo with three historic data that he broke in 33 days: 1,500 Fermn Cacho, that of Isaac Vicious in 3,000 and 5,000 in Alemayehu Bezabeh.

“Next time I will do better. I am very young and for the following competitions I will be much more prepared,” Katir blurted out earlier than leaving the combined zone.

Firefighter, police, Civil Guard …

From a area in Murcia to the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. From Alcazarquivir to some Olympic Juices. From being sixth within the San Silvestre Vallecana to working a closing within the 5,000 meters. A mule with Moroccan and Egyptian blood. A reader of Antonio Machado who writes poetry and who has made his first steps as a mannequin. Katir all the time goes by the diminutive of Mo. He needs to be a firefighter. Or Nationwide Police. Or Civil Guard. In every interview he offers he says one thing completely different. Nonetheless not clear.

The Metropolis Council of Mula, a Murcian municipality of 16,000 inhabitants, had hung a banner on the balcony of the city corridor that reads “Mohamed Katir, Muleo Pride.”

As a result of Katir has been requested and cross-examined about her homeland again and again. She has by no means doubted: initially, Mula, her city, the place her household lives and her pals are. Then Spain, the nation the place he has been since he was 5 years previous. Due to his childhood in Alcazarquivir, within the north of Morocco, he doesn’t keep in mind something apart from the smudges that somebody might have who spent the primary 5 years of his life in a spot to which he has by no means returned.

Regardless of all this, Katir didn’t get Spanish nationality till 2019. In juniors she ran and received races. However, as usually occurs in these instances, till the Spanish Athletics Federation noticed the true potential of that child who received from 1,500, 3,000 and 5,000 meters, to a nationwide cross championship, they didn’t stress the Superior Sports activities Council to begin processing nationality. Katir, as a promise of Spanish athletics, was luckier than his father Mohamed El Haouzi, who arrived in Spain by boat within the 90s.

Mohamed father ended up in Huesca. A few years later his Egyptian-born spouse arrived with the boy Katir, who tried soccer. However he needed to transfer together with his household to the south, to Mula, to start to excel within the careers at college. Then he was fortunate that I noticed him in 2011 Cristbal Carlos Ramrez, his coach till October 2020.

Katir insists that she has completed the 5,000 meters fortunately. However the document man was one of many favorites. Many had already given him the medal earlier than working.