In the first round of the 3,000 meter hurdles, the national record holder and one of the tricks of the Spanish team has only been able to endure three laps in the race before retiring
The premiere of Spanish athletics could not have been more frustrating. In the first round of the 3,000 meter hurdles, the national record holder and one of the team’s strengths, Fernando Carro, has only been able to endure three laps in the race before retiring. Visibly annoying from the start and at each jump, with a bandage on his left hamstring that did not bode well, he was off the hook very early and after the third turn, the Madrid native stopped. Later, in the mixed zone, he explained that he suffered an overload in the last strong training session held in Tokyo before focusing on the test, and he has not been able to overcome it. «In the end I have encountered difficult circumstances. I have tried, but having to jump all obstacles with my right leg was not the best thing, ”admitted Carro.
The relationship between Madrid and the qualifying rounds of the Games is marked by pain. Five years ago, in Rio, he arrived full of enthusiasm for his Olympic debut but on his way he crossed a fasciitis that made him bitter throughout the 2016 season. Already in winter, in the Spanish Cross Championship in Calatayud, he was among the best despite to an obvious limp after the race, problems that dragged him to the Olympic stadium in Rio, where each jump was a poem. That race hurt him and led him to question his future, but he was successful and in 2019 in Monaco he smashed the Spanish record with a time of 8.05.69.
This season, Carro has been focused on Tokyo, but again injuries have conditioned his preparation, problems with his achilles heel, bursitis, led him to mortgage preparatory races to be in the Games. “My careers are in Tokyo,” he repeated. But an improvement in his physical condition led him two weeks ago to do a test in a 3,000 where Katir broke the Spanish record and he did a 7.41 that led him to improve his record by six seconds and leave him very satisfied. “This is going,” he said as always that things are going well. But in Tokyo, things have gone wrong again and the dream of the Olympic final has again played a pass. But it does not give up. “I’m in the best moment of my life and I’m going to show it,” he settled in the mixed zone of the Olympic stadium. Fernando Carro does not give up.
Also in the 3,000 hurdles, neither Sebas Martos nor Dani Arce could pass the cut. The Jaén was eighth in his series, with a record of 8: 23.07 that was not enough to get into the final for times. «I felt very very bad in the beginning, until 1,500, and by then it was late and I was far away. Doing the last three laps alone is very difficult, “he said.
Finally, the Burgos was twelfth in his series with a time of 8: 38.09 and closed the Spanish participation in the test. «I thought that a very fast race had more accessibility. I have made a mistake. He should have waited. They are circumstances in which you do not know what is going to happen in the race. I have tried to be well positioned, but with 1,000 meters to go my legs were no longer going well, “he acknowledged.