April 14, 2021

Óscar Husillos is proclaimed European champion of 400 meters


Óscar Husillos celebrates the victory with the flag of Spain.

Óscar Husillos celebrates the victory with the flag of Spain.
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The Spanish Oscar Husillos has been proclaimed in Torun European 400 meter champion on the indoor track at the end of a race that he dominated from start to finish and finished with his best mark of the year (46.22).

Two Dutchmen accompanied him on the podium: silver for Tony van diepen (46.25) and bronze for Liemarvin Bonevacia (46.30).

Husillos, continental runner-up two years ago in Glasgow, had gotten into the fight for the metals with a time of 46.26, losing in his semifinal only to Van Diepen, who won with 46.06, while the Czech Pavel Maslak, one of the favorites , was eliminated, fourth in the same race with 46.70.

The Palencian was convinced that to win the gold here you had to go below 46 seconds, but it was not necessary.

In a test that requires two sprints on the covered track, one to take the free lane straight and the other to cross the finish line, Husillos won the rope, passed the 200 in 21.31 and resisted the advance of the two Dutchmen on the straight.

Three days ago it was three years since his traumatic disqualification in Birmingham, for stepping outside the street, after having won the world title indoors with a time of 44.92 that would have been a European record. His misfortune, together with that of the Dominican Luguelín Santos, who suffered the same fate, handed the title to the Czech Pavel Maskal, who here has lost in the semifinals.

If he had not been disqualified on March 3, 2017, Husillos would have erased from the lists the old European record of the German Thomas Schoenlebe (45.05), which dates back 33 years.

Marta Pérez, third and Esther Guerrero, fourth

The soriana Marta Perez got the bronze medal and the Barcelona woman Esther Guerrero placeholder image finished fourth in the 1,500 final of the Europeans on the indoor track in Torun after the disqualification of the British Holly archer, which had been second, after the Belgian Elise vanderelst.

It was also disqualified the third Spanish, the Segovian Águeda Muñoz, who had finished seventh.

The first final of some great international championships with a triple Spanish presence earned the team a bronze. Esther Guerrero, Marta Pérez and Águeda Muñoz, who two weeks ago formed the podium of the Spanish championship in Madrid, were responsible for the historic milestone.

The absences of the British Laura Muir (3: 59.58) and Courtney-Bryant (4: 04.79), cleared the way in the final, which was launched at a slow pace by the three Spanish.

The German Krause took the initiative with six laps remaining, but without accelerating. The hostilities only broke out shortly after the thousand was covered in 3: 04.95 and it was precisely Guerrero who made a sharp change at 400 meters.

The Barcelona woman opened an appreciable gap with respect to the others but the forces abandoned him on the finish line, where he was passed by Valderelst (4: 18.44), the British Holly Archer (4: 19.91), the German Hanna Klein (4: 20.07) and even Marta Pérez (4: 20.39), while she fell to fifth place with 4: 20.45.

The debutante Águeda Muñoz, who had set a record for Spain under-23 in the series with 4: 09.94, the ninth Spanish mark of all time, credited a time of 4: 22.44 in his farewell, before being disqualified.

The Tarragona Natalia Rodriguez She is the only Spaniard to have been the 1,500 European indoor champion in Turin 2009. The other two Spanish medals were two silver: Isabel Macías from Zaragoza in Gothenburg 2013 and Nuria Fernández from Madrid in Paris 2011.

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