Nationalized after leaving a Moroccan group in Santiago, he’s a coach for a former policeman in Lleida. The Kenyan repeats gold and succeeds Bikila.
The marathon dominated by the brand new Abebe Bikila, the Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, had a Spaniard within the dispute for the medals till the final kilometer. It’s Ayad Lamdassem, one other 39-year-old consultant to be among the many delegation’s finalists within the Video games, because of his fifth place end on the grueling Sapporo circuit, the place the humidity has pushed marchers and marathoners to the chamber of horrors. The others had been the canoeist Teresa Portela, bronze, and Sandra Sanchez, gold in karate. All exemplary races. Lamdassem’s additionally concerned a change of nation, a flight, after abandoning a group from his nation in the hunt for a greater life. Trying on the sky over Japan on the end, he gave thanks.
The medal didn’t arrive, because it had already occurred with the marathoners, however their efficiency was exceptional. It endured the picks of athletes that the Kipchoge practice put to the check. The Kenyan commanded in an imperial method, from starting to finish, with out requesting or asking for aid, and completed in 2: 08.38. It was his profession, it was his gold and he had nothing to do with it.
Kipchoge ran as he did at 5,000 or 10,000. It was bronze and silver, respectively, in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 within the shortest distance. In Rio, the gold was already hung in marathon. In these Video games, he reigns at 36, three lower than Lamdassem.
The reality of km 40
Few such exhibitions, by authority, recall the Olympic marathon. If something that of Bikila, who gained in Rome ’60, barefoot underneath the Arch of Constantine, and repeated exactly right here, within the 1964 Tokyo Video games. From Ethiopian to Kenyan, the African plateau reigns in the identical place. They adopted him on the rostrum Abdi nageeye Y Bashir Abdi, nationalized Dutch and Belgian, respectively. The second inspired the third to beat the Kenyan Lawrence Cherono.
Lamdassem left with these males in a variety that was already definitive to outline the battle for the medals, in the direction of km 30. He was going with a really perfect race tempo, however within the marathon nothing is what it appears. The reality at all times arrives in the direction of km 40. So, the final change of the Africans was already insufferable for the Spaniard. He entered the end line bodily decomposed however smiling regardless of his fifth place. It does not style like chocolate for this veteran long-distance runner. it tastes like life, new life.
Lamdassem got here to run a college marathon in Santiago de Compostela. When he was within the hostel, he took his passport, left and didn’t come again. A while later, in 2002, he appeared in Lleida. That they had informed him that there was a coach who may assist him. He was a policeman.
Antonio Cnovas He has informed the story to those that have requested him, though Lamdassem, his athlete, was removed from the highlight. Born in Sidi Ifni, he had been capable of nationalize because of his manufacturers, in 2007, and a yr later, he raced within the Beijing Video games. He repeated in London, though at all times past quantity twenty.
This season was going to be completely different, his coach had warned. The rationale was that within the earlier years, Lamdassem had run many races, marathons and others, to earn cash to feed his household. Has three sons. The pandemic stopped them and the athlete was capable of practice nearly completely with Tokyo as a goal.
Work at Font Romeu
The Spanish long-distance runner, of Moroccan origin, spent durations on the Font Romeu station for coaching at altitude, gathered as much as 280 km per week and carried out “runs” of as much as 40, with modifications of tempo to simulate tactical races. In 2020, in Valencia, he broke his document for Spain, with 2: 06.35. The bounce was apparent.
After the Moroccan, in Sapporo, Dani Mateo (place 21) and Javi warfare (33) accomplished the check that closes the athletics of the Video games, by which Spain, regardless of a single bronze, of Ana Peleteiro in triple, it has curdled by rating the second greatest Video games in its historical past, with a medal and 10 finalists.