07/09/2021 at 6:31 AM CEST
He might be little lower than a hero when the 50-kilometer race begins. Jesús Ángel García Bragado, ‘Chuso’ for pals, he’ll play his eighth Olympic Video games, a feat that no athlete has ever achieved. At 51 years previous, he’ll make historical past.
“I cannot deny that it is one thing extraordinary to take part in eight Video games. Merlene Ottey participated in seven and I’ll do it in eight and additionally in a self-discipline through which it is troublesome to be 50 years previous competing at a superb stage. On a private stage it is essential to have reached the place I needed and to retire in the meanwhile I have determined & rdquor ;.
The Barcelona-based walker is trying ahead to the race: “Eventually the eighths and the final and the top of a few years arrive. I began in Barcelona’92! & Rdquor ;.
It is obscure how he has achieved it, however ‘Chuso’ provides us the keys: “I have been lucky to all the time discover enthusiasm and motivation to proceed one extra 12 months and when the age and critical accidents have come I have all the time discovered an answer to maintain working & rdquor ;.
A podium that has resisted
García Bragado achieved a fourth place in Beijing and a fifth in Athens, however has by no means been on the rostrum: “I’m a nonconformist by nature. I’ll all the time keep inside not having the ability to be on a podium after going to so many Video games. The primary years in all probability because of my youth errors and once I had the expertise I used to be fifth in Athens and 4th in Beijing and in each circumstances I had Russian athletes in entrance of them who later in shock anti-doping controls have examined constructive, so I have the sensation that I might have been on a podium however I couldn’t do it & rdquor ;, he explains.
‘Chuso’ desires of a good looking farewell on the Tokyo Video games
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Belief the climate to assist
The Madrid athlete is aware of that within the 50 km. The climate situations are decisive: “We can not rule out that the humidity is excessive and that the competitors turns the wrong way up on the finish, so that you have to be there ready to see if there is any probability of reaching a superb consequence. I would love to have the ability to say goodbye being within the high 10 and I feel the climate situations might help me & rdquor ;. He is satisfied that “I had one bullet left and it was reserved for the Video games & rdquor ;.
We place you on Friday, August 6 at 5.30 am, time for your take a look at. “I’ll suppose that it is the ultimate second, that it is the final competitors and then I’ll attempt to be centered on the race. The 50 km march competitors is very lengthy, it lasts nearly four hours and I might be ready to battle for these locations within the ultimate half & rdquor ;.
After so many Olympic experiences, he curiously explains to us that his finest second was extra-sports: “The hall that my colleagues made for me within the eating room in Rio de Janeiro once I arrived on the Olympic Village. That alone has been price all this effort & rdquor ;. Hopefully one other higher time is but to come back in Tokyo.