Mo Katir has turned the history of Spanish athletics in a total turn in 33 days. From June 10 to July 13, he has broken three national records, possibly the most prestigious. First it was the 5,000 (12: 50.79 in Florence), last Friday the 1,500 (3: 28.76 in Monaco) arrived and now the 3,000 meter dash (7: 27.65) in Gateshead arrived, in what was going to be the London Diamond League. The fastest Spaniard in three kilometers was Isaac Viciosa with 7: 29.34. It is now owned by this 23-year-old from Murcia.
Katir had fond memories of the Gateshead track on the River Tyne. There, this May, on a very rainy afternoon, he won his first 5,000 caps in a Diamond (13: 08.52). It was the prologue to Hurricane Katir, which once again gave a spectacular show in this enclave in the north of England. He was not looking for the record, but the hare and his rivals were, especially the ambitious Australian McSweyn. And how Katir wanted to win the race. Singing record, below 2:30 every kilometer.
Briton Adam Clarke shot first, the goal was minute per lap. In the first kilometer it was fulfilled. 2:30. Then it was Kenyan Kibet’s turn. The record was escaping a bit. 2:33 the second 1,000 and the hare retired. McSweyn stayed in front. It was time to burst in the last kilometer. And Katir launched a devastating attack on the last lap, with 300 meters to go. Intractable. 7: 27.64, national record and took the meeting record from Gebrselassie. “I do not listen to anyone, how am I!” He yelled at the cameras.
This triplet of Spanish records (1,500, 3,000 and 5,000) was held in his day by José Luis González, back in the 80s, when Katir had time to be born (he did it in 1998), just like when Cacho made his top of 1,500 (in 1997). She was barely six months old when Viciosa did hers in Oslo in August 1998. It is now owned by Katir in Gateshead.
When Mo Katir gets tired, little, he thinks of those endless series in solitude around Lake Mula, his Murcian town. There and with monthly climbs to the altitude of Sierra Nevada, the athlete of the moment has been forged, who recognizes that he has trained “more than ever” in 2021. “I have trained like an animal and, day by day, I have seen that I can be a the best in the world ”, he writes on his networks. Kilometers everywhere, very fast, many hours alone, to write, think, dream … His name is already going around the world.
Katir’s plan now involves spending a few days at home, with her family. There he has to do the last training sessions, on the lake, on the track … There he will be supervised by coach Gabi Lorente. And then he will have to catch a plane to Tokyo, where his great dream awaits, the Olympic Games. If the lists do not change, it will arrive in 5,000 with the fourth best world record of the year. And seeing his speed at 1,500, he can aspire to anything. The head of Katir, a shy boy, calls for calm, but his legs are in the clouds.
Fatima Diame’s surprise
The big surprise was Fatima Diame in length. The Valencian debuted in a Diamond League and was at a very high level. He jumped 6.67 on his second attempt and got into the controversial final at 3, in which the first three play it all depending on what they do in the final jump. He played it with two superstars like Mihambo and Bekh-Romanchuk. He was third, with 6.46, Romanchuk won (6.67) and Mihambo second (6.65).
Pablo Torrijos was fourth in triple jump with 16.66, one step away from the final controversy to 3. The same position, fourth, occupied Álvaro de Arriba in 800 meters, with 1: 45.36, his best mark of the season. Saúl Ordóñez finished eighth with 1: 46.02. And more fourth places, Marta Pérez was in the women’s mile, a slow race that resolved in 4: 28.24. Marta García was ninth with 4: 31.41.
Pass approved for Bromell in 100 meters
The 100 meters were the revalidation for Trayvon Bromell, winner of the Trials USA and who failed in the Diamond League in Monaco. And yes, the fastest man of the year (9.77) passed at Gateshead with a 9.98 and victory. The American has returned this 2021 to his best level after a long ordeal of injuries. His triumph on British soil is a dose of morale before Tokyo, because he also beat direct rivals such as Ujah (10.10), Hughes (10.13), André De Grasse (10.13) or Fred Kerley (10.13). Somewhat cool for speed.
“I take this victory and now I am going to start training again. The goal is to recover and be well in Tokyo“said Bromell, who warns:” I want to do a good performance, but I also want to show the world that you can continue fighting when the going gets tough. “