María Vicente, after achieving the Spanish record.Kiko Huesca / EFE
Like a golf player who after a bad shot does not remain ruminating the resulting bogey but instead goes for a birdie on the next hole, so María Vicente beat her record of Spain and, with 4,501 points, he practically left his place in the next European Indoor Championship in Torun (Poland, March 5-7), his second participation when he has not yet turned 20 years old
Birdie in hurdles ( 8.25s, his personal best), bogey in height (1.75m, three centimeters shorter than his mark and six below what he expected), bogey in weight (12.25m, 17 centimeters less than his mark in the previous record and 80 lower than his best mark, and almost a meter less than the mark he had in his head), birdie in length (6.49m, 13 centimeters longer than when, with 4.4411 points, he broke the record for the first time , two years ago in Antequera, at 17) and final birdie in the 800m, 2m 19.51, the best mark in always of an athlete who is on the way to get all the good that from youth (heptathlon world champion at 16, triple European champion at 17) and junior (European heptathlon champion at 18) announced.
" I am very happy because I have once again demonstrated what I am capable of, but wanting more ”, says the record holder. “I could have done better in some test. I have been able to rebuild myself. And to move on. I expected more from myself, but having high expectations has weighed down my weight and height attempts. ”
“ She has a lot of potential and a lot to improve, ”says her coach since last summer, when the athlete took a turn In his life, he left his L'Hospitalet and went to San Sebastián to live (in a college) and train with hurdler Teresa Errandonea with whom he began another stage of his life after decades dedicated to being technical director of the Spanish federation , passing through Deusto to study ADE and languages. “He has a long journey, a very good head and a highly developed motor capacity, which allows him to grasp the technical gestures at the first time.”
María Vicente, the prodigy who arrived from Cuenca
This is how the day was spent on the crowded Gallur track – dozens of athletes, technicians, judges, cameras, volunteers, despite the strict sanitary protocols that were followed: you cannot do athletics with less – in front of bleachers without an audience and a television team exclusively for her, who chases her as a test in the pentathlon test, from the hurdles track to the high jump, to the weight, to the length and the four laps of the ring for the final 800 meters. And always in the nearest tier, Cid, giving him the technical and psychological guidelines, and suffering and sighing in relief, alternately and in unison with his pupil, his Maritxu , as he says, and Maritxu, when after the celebration and the photos he abandons finally the track, he only knows how to say, “And Ramón? Where is Ramón?”
The 4,501 points are the sixth best European brand of the year. The 12 best have a place in Torun. This weekend there are championships in other countries where other athletes could overcome it, although specialists say that it is practically impossible for it to be left out of its second European indoor. Before, this Saturday and Sunday, he will compete in the long jump and 60m hurdles, where he will be able to get more medals.