When Martina de la Puente set the Spanish shot put record at 17.94 meters, Belén Toimil was a two-year-old girl who played in her town of Mugardos (A Coruña). Almost 25 years later, she is a strong, very strong, and stylish athlete in the world of shot putters (1.75m / 89 kilos) who grips the four-kilo ball as if it were cotton, so light in her hands, the He places it under his chin, mobilizes the mirror neurons, calmly and calmly visualizing the rotational movements he performs, agile, fast, without leaving the throwing circle, and throws it into the air, and it still seems light, it seems to fly in a perfect arc, and it falls far, so far that it seems impossible to Toimil, and he does not seem to believe it. He has cast it at 18.64m, he has broken a 25-year-old record by 70 centimeters. Has qualified for the final (Friday, 06/19, TDP). At 26 years old (he turns 27 in May) he has entered another dimension. She has put the Spanish women's weight in European orbit, a feat that seemed utopian at the time.
And in the distance, in León, watching her on TV, Charly Burón, her coach, remembers the girl who arrived at the center eight years ago high-performance, and he remembers that only a year ago they started training with the rotary technique. "And we told ourselves that if in the linear technique, that of a lifetime, we could give ourselves six years to master it, with the new one we would have to do it in a year, that we would have to reach an acceptable level quickly to at least mentally achieve a satisfaction ”, says Burón, the coach of Manuel Martínez for years, the best shot putter in the history of Spain. “And I also remember the conversation I had with Belén in September, when I told her that I would have to do things my way, with my style, my consistency, and she saw that athletics was the best way she had to be in the world. And then it gave a fundamental change of attitude. He has launched calmly, with great tactical clarity, and the first time. Sometimes miracles happen ”. At the end of 2020, Toimil's best mark was 17.21m. A few weeks ago he lengthened it to 17.86m and from there, to the moon, 18.64m, in a second gigantic jump.
If for Spanish athletics, Toimil's record is perhaps the best news so far this year, for Burón it means leaving what he calls “a zone of misunderstanding”. "I'm just looking for harmony and coherence with myself, I'm not looking for applause", ditch. And hangs up to focus on Friday's final, to which Toimil arrives with the third best mark in qualifying, after Germany's Christina Schwanitz (18.86m) and Belarusian Allona Dubitskaya (18.74m) .