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Jordan Díaz puts the finishing touches in Nerja with little more than a Spanish record

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Mario García and Álvaro de Arriba won the 800 and 1,500


Athlete Jordan Díaz broke the Spanish triple jump record for the fourth time in recent months and won gold at the absolute Spanish outdoor championship that ended this Sunday in Nerja when he touched 18 meters, a gold brooch in an afternoon of victories for Mario García and Álvaro de Arriba in 800 and 1,500.

Since being nationalized in February, the 21-year-old Cuban-born athlete has made a stride that places him as the top triple jumper of 2022 and now the Spanish record holder at 17.87. Under the guidance of Iván Pedroso, Jordan improved his race and in Nerja he started his competition by beating the national record he brought from the Joma League final two weeks ago.

The second attempt was a 17.93, not valid due to +2.5 wind, but from then until the end the new sensation of Spanish athletics forced to keep at least one eye on his performance. The world’s best of the year hung the gold without discussion against Pablo Torrijos (16.72) and although he didn’t improve his grade, he made it clear that he had big words on his feet (world record, Olympic gold…) .

The 102nd Spanish championship ended with the last jump of a Jordan, who cannot yet compete with the national team and can represent Spain at the World Cup or the European Championship this summer. The afternoon session brought the expected 800 and 1,500 men’s duels, in addition to the relays and a 200 final where Bruno Hortelano did not compete and Pol Retamal prevailed. The female went to Paula Sevilla.

“Lots of anger and frustration at not being able to compete in the 200m final, the lumbar has survived two races but the pain was already unbearable. An MRI this week will confirm the nature of the injury. Thank you for your support and congratulations to all three medalists with these three brutal frames,” Hortelano wrote on his Twitter account.

At the 800, seats are hot for the Oregon and Munich events, and Álvaro de Arriba took the gold ahead of Adrián Ben and an indoor world champion Mariano García, who managed to carburize “the bike” outdoors with his best mark of the season. Another duel between Mohamed Katir and Adel Mechaal was expected in the “Milqui”, but the 5.000 stakes took their toll.

Katir, who won on Saturday and lamented the five years his nationalization had taken, launched a determined attack mid-race but Ignacio Fontes, Mechaal and a surprise Mario García joined the fight. Mechaal, who had lost heads-up to the Murcian the day before, lost his power and the Salamanca man passed Katir on the final straight by a European minimum (3:35.52).

Meanwhile, Marta Pérez won another “Milqui” fought to the finish line and Marta García won the 5,000. For his part, Carlos Tobalina confidently won his fifth consecutive weight title, but complained bitterly about the condition of the throwing circle. In addition, the relays for FC Barcelona were in the men’s and women’s 4×400 meters and for Playas de Castellon in the women’s 4×100 meters; and the Trops-Cueva de Nerja, the men’s 4×100.

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