THERE was a time when Miguel
Angel Lopez believed 27 was the
optimum age to deliver the goods
at a major championship.
The Spaniard will reach the
milestone on 3 July, but like the
famous song from the musical
Oliver! He’s reviewing the situation.
In fact, such is his progress, Lopez
predicts a future chasing medals up
to 30 and beyond.
It’s been a good couple of years
for the man who took bronze at the
2013 IAAF World Championships
in Moscow.
Notwithstanding his first
major medal, he qualified for
this year’s Spanish IAAF World
Championships team at Errenteria,
close to San Sebastian, on 22 March
– and equalled the national best for
the championships while doing it.
Before that, Lopez could barely
believe his luck when one of his
2015 focus races switched to his
own backyard.
The European Cup in May had
been scheduled for Ukraine. Such
is the turmoil inside that country,
the European Athletics Association
moved it to the more tranquil and
sunny Murcia in southern Spain,
and guess what? Lopez is from
A welcome change, but not one
to deflect from his chosen goal of
getting on the podium again at
the World Championships 20km race walk ceremony in Bejing
sometime after 9.50am on 23
“This year my two main
objectives are the European Cup
and World Championships,”
Lopez said. “I’ve already won the
Spanish 35km and the 20km the
other weekend was also a bonus.
“The change in the European
Cup to Murcia has added a bit of
motivation to compete well in my
city, but does not alter my initial
plans laid down at the beginning
of the year.”
Spain is no stranger to medal
success over the past three
Olympic, World
Championships, World Junior
Championships, IAAF World
Race Walking Cup, European
Championships, European
Cup gold, silver and bronzes in
abundance have hung brightly
around Spanish necks since Jorge
Llopart race walked to silver at
the 1980 Olympics

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