The athlete from Cuevas de Reyllo was close to victory until the end after leading the race from start to finish but finished in third position, behind Álvaro de Arriba and Adrián Ben
He touched the victory with the tips of his fingers, but as if it were an illusion, it vanished at the end. The athlete from Cuevas de Reyllo, Mariano García, had to settle for the bronze medal this Sunday at the Spanish Outdoor Athletics Championships held in the Malaga town of Nerja. The man from Fuente Álamo led the race from the start, but it was in the final meters when Álvaro de Arriba and Adrián Ben overtook him to steal the win.
Giving fist to his motorcycle, the one that cannot be seen but the one that he tries to show symbolically every time he can in front of the cameras. With that gesture of confidence, Mariano García showed himself a few seconds before the starting gun of the 800-meter test was fired. He only needed a few to take the first corner of the blue Nerja track to get the first and pull the group.
Imposing in the almost two minutes that the test lasted, Mariano García led a race whose end seemed to be bathed in gold. But it was in the last straight, when there were less than 40 meters left, when Álvaro de Arriba, another of the favourites, snatched the first place from him to not let go of him anymore. And even closer, at the very finish line, Adrián Ben managed to cross the line a few thousandths before Mariano, who finished with a time of 1.46.04.
“I am very happy with the result. There are many tests left this summer and, although being in them is the coach’s decision, we hope to be able to do a good job”, pointed out the man from Cuevas de Reyllo at the end of the race, a moment he took advantage of to send a memory to his team. “I send a greeting to my people, Fuente Álamo, and Cuevas de Reyllo,” said a proud Mariano -of his roots and his results- before the camera.
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