Athletics: Spain, in the European ‘indoor’: 121 medals, from Alberto Esteban to Peleteiro




Ehe history of Spain in the European Indoor Championships is prolific, from the team’s debut on the podium at the European Games in Madrid in 1968 (they were called the European Games from 1966 to 1969) until the last edition of Glasgow in 2019. .

In 39 editions of the domestic indoor competition, the Spanish team has been on the podium in 28 of them, with a baggage of 121 medals, 32 of them gold. We had to wait for Lievin, in 1987, to see the first two Spanish women on an indoor continental podium: Blanca Lacambra (silver in 200) and Cristina Prez (bronze in 400).

The edition with the most podiums, and also the most national participation (along with Valencia in 1998), was the one that It was played in Madrid in 2005, at the Palacio de los Deportes. There were 12 medals and 18 finalists, with the successes of Joan Lino Martnez (gold in length), David Canal (silver in 400), Juan Carlos Higuero (silver in 1,500), Felipe Vivancos (silver in 60 v.), Juan de Dios Jurado (bronze in 800), Antonio Reina (silver in 800), Reyes Estvez (bronze in 1,500 and 3,000), Manuel Martnez (bronze in weight), Mayte Martnez (silver in 800), Ruth Beitia (silver in height) and Carlota Castrejana (bronze in triple).

The editions of Vienna, in 2002, and Birmingham, in 2007, were also successful for the Spanish team, with 10 medals in each edition. In the last European Indoor Championships, in Glasgow 2019, Spain won six medals. lvaro de Arriba won the gold in the 800 meters, a title to be revalidated in Torun.

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Ana Peleteiro also defends the gold in triple two years ago, when she also broke the record for Spain, with 14.73. Like Urea en pentatln, that added the first continental gold of the discipline for the Spanish team.

In addition, scar Husillos was proclaimed continental runner-up in the 400 m, like the 4×400 relay, of which he was also a part along with Guijarro, Ba and Erta. Finally, in Gasgow, Jess Gmez was bronze in 1,500.


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