Ana Peleteiro, in one of her jumps.Kiko Huesca / EFE
While the best men, those of the middle depth, sharpen their knives on Saturday in the semi-finals of 800m and 1,500m with a view to the three finals that on Sunday will be duels that can be seen in Teledeporte (Jesús Gómez-Ignacio Fontes in the milqui, 13.30; Mohamed Katir-Adel Mechaal, in 3.000, 15.15; Mariano García-Álvaro de Arriba, in 800, 16.10), when he left the Gallur pavilion, the few people who had been able to see in situ the second day of the national indoor athletics – coaches, technicians, federation, journalists – only spoke of women, as on Friday the protagonists of the day. They spoke angrily of Teresa Errandonea's disqualification for a false start in the semifinals of the 60m hurdles; with perplexity about the case of Sophia Isadora Molina, the Mexican from Moratalaz; with the fascination of Daniela García, the pearl of the Spanish middle ground, and her 19 years; with relief from the return of the queen, Ana Peleteiro.
The threshold of zero starts –responding to the shot in less than 0.100 seconds– was set more than 50 years ago by the manufacturers of a stopwatch with a view to the Munich Games. It is an arbitrary measure and, according to numerous studies, wrong: there are athletes who react faster. Errandonea, the best Spanish hurdler, was measured 0.94s and although the best repetitions in slow motion showed that the Gipuzkoan had not overtaken any of her rivals, the stewards only listened to what the computer was telling them and disqualified her, submerging her in tears and in doubt. "It's a total insecurity," says his coach, Ramón Cid. “On Wednesday, at the Madrid rally, what do I tell you, take longer to get out?”
Sophia Molina won the high jump, but did not get on the podium. Although she has lived in Madrid since she was two years old and has been at AA Moratalaz all her life, Molina, born in Mexico to a Spanish mother, has not yet obtained the Spanish nationality that she has been applying for since she was a child. He competed out of competition, and won
Daniela García, from Calvià, Mallorca, entered the track to contest the first semi-final of the 800m and as soon as he started running it was as if time had stopped in Gallur, subjected to some enchantment . And people, fascinated, were not cut off in their praiseworthy comments. It is Natalia Rodríguez, her fluidity, her ankle, her elegance, said one. Moreover, said another, it is Sebastian Coe himself, he is going to erase all those who preceded him, the jewel in the crown. And the Mallorcan, who trains in Madrid with Antonio Serrano and studies at the university, did four laps in one breath. She is favorite for the final today (16.09) and hope for the Europeans of Torun.
When in her first attempt, Ana Peleteiro, reached 14.21m to win the triple final (and she had not touched that distance for years and courtesy of the pandemic and injuries), and the way he did it, gave the impression that Daniela García's magic had stayed on the track, fast, fluid, a whole continuum of speed and beat. He did not need more to prove that he was back and that his ambition and competitiveness will have to be counted on in Torun, where he will defend the European title won two years ago in Glasgow. “I am an artist”, summarized the Galician athlete.