20/08/2014

THE NONSENSE CHAMPIONSHIP

Xavi hurt his adductor, Enric injured his ischium, but he got a bronze medal at the European Championship.

Image of the long jump podium Swansea 2014

From the 19th to the 24th of August  and with over 500 athletes representing 36 countries, the European Championship IPC for disabled people is celebrated in the Welsh city of Swansea.

Yesterday morning Xavi participated in the long jump, but a sore in his left adductor he had had recent weeks reappeared after the second jump. With a best time of 5,93m, he got the bronze medal, just  1cm to win the silver which was for his mate, Martin Parejo and 3cm to get the gold which was for the Ukrainian athlete Ruslan Katichev.

And when it seemed that there couldn’t be anything worse to the hassles of Xavi, this morning contesting the semi-finals of the 100m at the height of 60m, his guide, Enric Martin suffered a torn hamstring in his right leg, a fact that gave final approval of the participation of our athletes in the championship, as Xavi has resigned to take part in the 4x100m relay which will be held next Saturday.

“It was a real shame because we have done a very good season, I've been so-so over 6m in the long jump and very sure with Enric below the 12s in the 100m, but this is sport, this is athletics and these things happen, discomfort appearing some previous weeks before the competition that make you modify the workouts, which they seem to have gone and just the day of the competition when you want to do your best appear with more intensity. Anyway, I can be more than happy because with these problems, I was able to fight until the last moment and get a bronze medal within inches of silver and gold, and in all the championships and seasons we learn something new and this one has been no exception, so we have to take note of the mistakes made to avoid repeating them in the future”, were the statements of Xavi.

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