Spain Victorious At DNA Indoor Match In Glasgow

Spain Victorious At DNA Indoor Match In Glasgow

Spain began as favorites to win the stunning DNA indoor international trophy, and despite the concept’s emphasis on unpredictability, the Iberian team produced as predicted at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on Saturday (5)

The Spaniards dominated the competition from the outset, winning the mixed 4x400m in a national record and world indoor best time of 3:18.90, and going on to win four more events in the next nine.

Hurdlers Enrique Llopis and Teresa Errandonea followed in Perez’s footsteps, winning their 60m hurdles heats in 7.67 and 8.22 seconds, respectively, while Xecs Tresens drew his first-place head-to-head fight in the high jump.

With extra strong scoring from the remainder of the team, Spain had a significant 20-point lead over Ireland and England in the mixed gender medley relay – a mixed gender medley relay with legs of 800m, 600m, 400m, and 200m – translating to a 6.7-second margin over their two closest rivals.

Lorena Martin, Alvaro de Arriba, Laura Bueno, and Sergio Juarez of Spain then had the relatively simple task of maintaining their concentration and circling the Emirates Arena 10 times before the latter brought Spain home to ecstatic cheers from his compatriots who were allowed to crowd onto the infield prior to the event.

“I was so happy to be part of this team, not just because I was competing for Spain but because I really like the concept and I’m glad it is on the international calendar,” said Bueno.

“I didn’t compete in the domestic DNA events we have had in Spain but some others in the team, like 800m runner Lorena Martin, have told me what fun they were and this has been just a great time,” she added.

“I had only one lap to do and the rest of my team had given me such a good lead that I was able to relax and I think I ran whole of my leg with a smile on my face as I knew I was leading Spain to victory. I can’t describe what an honour it was as the last Spanish athlete in action here to bring the team home,” reflected the delighted Juarez.

All that remained for European Athletics President Dobromir Karamarinov to do was give the specially made DNA trophy to the victorious Spanish captain Aauri Lorena Bokesa, who had helped Spain get off to a winning start with a stunning second leg in the opening mixed 4x400m.

Although the focus of the two hours of spectacular and inventive athletics was on team competition, English sprinter Andrew Robertson won the 60m in 6.62 seconds, narrowly beating out Wales’ 2021 European U23 100m champion Jeremiah Azu in 6.64 seconds.

Evelise Veiga of Portugal also drew attention when she improved her indoor best by six centimetres when she leapt 6.58m in one of the preliminary head-to-head long jump bouts and then zoomed out to 6.50m to win the first place event.

On athleticshour.com, you may find complete results from the 2022 DNA indoor international in Glasgow, a World Athletics Indoor Tour Bronze event.

By European Athletics

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  1. Ibrahim, I’m proud of you. I pray you reach where ever you want to 🙏🏽🤲🏽📿 I hope to see you…

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