Both the Spanish flag bearers at the opening ceremony, Saúl Craviotto and Mireia Belmonte, as well as the one at the closing ceremony, Sandra Sánchez, are members of the institution.
Tokyo 2020 ends for the athletes of the Catholic University of Murcia, who are part of the Spanish Olympic Committee team, with great success in their results. In total they have been
seventeen athletes who have achieved a medal and nineteen who have been awarded a diploma. “A great success that reflects the continuity and solidity of the UCAM – COE alliance, forged by its presidents: José Luis Mendoza and Alejandro Blanco,” according to the institution. After the great results achieved in Rio 2016 and now in Tokyo 2020, the project “keeps its eyes fixed on the future, already thinking about Paris 2024”.
To the great sporting results we must add the fact that the three Spanish athletes who have been flagged in the Games are part of the UCAM:
Mireia Belmonte and Saúl Craviotto at the opening ceremony and
Sandra Sanchez at the closing ceremony.
first gold arrived in the Olympic shooting pit with the couple formed by
Fátima Gálvez and Alberto Fernández, who were the best in the final of ‘trap’ by mixed teams. Maximum emotion with the chords of the Spanish anthem and the shooters at the top of the podium. An emotion similar to that experienced with
Sandra Sanchez. The best karate fighter in history did not miss the opportunity to win a
olympic gold in the only appearance of his sport in a Games. He also shone in karate
Damien Quintero. In an incredible final against the Japanese Ryo Kiyuna he was close to surprising, although he finally ended the
The first medal in canoeing came from the hand of
Maialen Chourraut in the slalom modality. The Basque paddler completed her collection of Olympic metals obtaining the
silver in Tokyo after the bronze of London 12 and the gold of Rio 16.
Ray Zapata He arrived with the highest aspirations in the floor exercise, after having been a world and European medalist, and he did not disappoint anyone. With a performance with hardly any failures, he achieved the
silver medal. His tears on the Olympic podium when fulfilling his dream are now part of the history of Spanish sport.
Another moment full of history and meaning was lived by
Teresa Portela. The 39-year-old Galician paddler was participating in her sixth Olympic Games. In his record there are numerous medals from European and world championships, but no Olympic medal that, on occasions, had escaped by just a few tenths. After pursuing him for more than two decades, it was Portela’s great moment that
it was made with silver second only to New Zealander Lisa Carrington.
From the most veteran, to the youngest of the UCAM medalists.
Adriana CerezoAt just 17 years old, he surprised everyone by standing in a final in which he had the gold medal in hand until the last seconds.
The penultimate day of the Games left us many joys. On the one hand, the Spanish K4 formed by four paddlers from the Catholic University of Murcia:
Saúl Craviotto, Marcus Cooper Walz, Rodrigo Germade and Carlos Arévalo. They disputed the gold until the last stroke with the Germans, but in a very even final meters, the Germans ended up swinging the balance in their favor. Although the
silver It was not the great goal, it left a sweet flavor to Spanish canoeing, especially Saúl Craviotto, who ties with David Cal as the top Spanish Olympic medalist with five metals. Too
Maica García and Irene González were silver with the Water Polo Selection after falling in the final with the almighty United States. The ‘Hispanics’ UCAM Gideón Guardiola, Ángel Fernández and Eduardo Gurbindo finished with great joy when they beat Egypt in the match for the bronze medal of the men’s handball tournament.
Nineteen UCAM athletes, with diploma
Beyond the medals, the Tokyo Olympic Games have left us other moments to remember that, on occasions, have been translated into the form of a diploma.
Mireia Belmonte was just two tenths from bronze in 400 styles despite being very fair to this appointment after a very complicated cycle due to discomfort and injuries. In judo and taekwondo, several diplomas arrived that should be valued in fair measure due to the great effort involved in obtaining them.
The finalist positions are very expensive and therefore the swimmer
Hugo González de Oliveira or the pair of canoeists formed by
Cayetano García and Pablo Martínez they come back with good feelings. Also in canoeing,
Carlos Arévalo and Craviotto they achieved a diploma in their individual test. Very different is the feeling of P
aco Cubelos and Íñigo Peña, who arrived in Tokyo as runners-up in the world and could not pass from sixth place or fourth place in
Maria Perez, European champion of 20 kms march, who lost the metal in the last meters. Another great running example was
Diego Garcia Carrera, who fought until the end to finish in sixth position.
Mohamed Katir, the new sensation of Spanish athletics, was planted in Tokyo aspiring to everything and although he finished in eighth position he showed all the fans that, at 23 years old, he is going to give a lot to talk about in the future.
Other diplomas that have arrived in the national teams with the presence of UCAM athletes are field hockey (
María López, Lola Riera and Bea Pérez), basketball (
Laura Gil and Leo Rodríguez) and artistic swimming (
Ona Carbonell). Also noteworthy is the presence of UCAM doctors and technicians who have been present at these Games: Jesús del Moral (technician of the medalists Sandra Sánchez and Damián Quintero), José Antonio Carrillo (technician of the diploma in progress Álvaro Martín), Juan Francisco Hernández (doctor of the women’s basketball team) and Silvia Erdelyi (coach of the national table tennis team).
The Olympic Games are over, but Tokyo 2020 has not yet said goodbye to the world and UCAM sport has not had its last word. The appointment will be from August 24 to September 5 and twelve UCAM athletes will participate.
In swimming, Teresa Perales, Sarai Gascón, José Antonio Marí and David Levecq will compete. In athletics there will be Gerard Descarega and his guide Guillermo Rojo; in table tennis, José Manuel Ruiz; and in wheelchair basketball, five players from UCAM Murcia BSR: Sonia Ruiz, Vicky Alonso, Isabel López, Lourdes Ortega and Beatriz Zudaire. Dr. Tomás Fernández, professor of the UCAM Master’s Degree in Sports Traumatology, will be the chief medical officer of the Spanish delegation and Dr. Patricia Núñez, a student of the same master’s degree, will be with the men’s wheelchair basketball team.