The internal controversy that left Spain without gold in K4: We could not prepare 100%

"Well, what? Let's go for a pizza cacho, right?", Claim Rodrigo Germade and four men go to the Olympic Village of Tokyo to devastate in the restaurant, to ea

The internal controversy that left Spain without gold in K4: We could not prepare 100%

"Well, what? Let's go for a pizza cacho, right?", Claim Rodrigo Germade and four men go to the Olympic Village of Tokyo to devastate in the restaurant, to eat everything they could not afford the previous months, to Celebrate your success: A silver in the Tokyo Games. Germade, Saul Craviotto, Marcus Walz and Carlos Arévalo came to by a historic gold in the K4 500 - the queen test of canoeing - and they do not hide it, but neither hide that the second place supposes an intense joy "after everything lived" . That is his coletilla at the end of each answer: "After everything lived", "after everything lived", "after all the lived". But ... What was it experienced?

"The pandemic was difficult to manage, but it was for all countries. In Spain, in the last year we had many internal selective ones, many hairs, and because of that we could not prepare this competition 100%. Even with all The stones on the road we had, we arrived in very good condition and that is why this money now he knows gold, "Walz recognized by becoming a double Olympic medalist. In the 2016 Rio Games he was Olympic champion at K1 1000, a test that he left to focus on the K4 500, one of the many sacrifices that had to make the team's components to hang the medal. There were other possible medals delivered to the cause, many efforts "until the exhaustion" on the Asturian Canal of Tersona, there were all possible resources centered on the four and even have to go through a family war.

She made references the new Olympic Subcampenes, although unwittingly. "It has been a darling Olympic cycle, with many obstacles, a pandemic by means and many emotional ups and downs," said, for example, Saul Craviotto at a historic moment for him: his fifth medal after the gold of Beijing 2008 games, The Silver of London 2012 Games and Gold and Bronze of Rio 2016 Games. Reference was referenced Craviotto, and Olympic Legend, to the complaint that they received all, especially painful for him, of having roved the selective prior to go to The Tokyo Games. Carlos Garrote, the canoeist who stayed out, a world champion, accused everything to the quartet, with his leader in front, having made him the emptiness and the tsunami that formed them.

In the back world cup, in Hungary, they defeated Germany for the first and only time, but this Saturday the miracle was impossible, not everything was a matter of rage. "We tried, but it has not been able to be," said Arévalo, the one who was wearing more expensive. As soon as he finished the test and they arrived with the piragua to the dock, he and Craviotto stretched on the ground, exhausted, and only rose to congratulate the Germans, fraternal rivals. Spain, as planned, went to break the race with a quick, but Germany, current champion, came back in the last 50 meters. They only separated two tenths. Sufficient "It's nothing new, they're the best and that's what there is. They have won us. We will have to work harder," he promised Arévalo with a song to the future that is now in the air. Surely until January the four canvas will not plan the Paris 2024 games, but they all highlighted, as a track, the good atmosphere of the group "after all lived".

At the medal delivery ceremony, they all let Saul Craviotto place them the medal and, later, they went to give him one of them, that of Arévalo, Miguel García, the coach of the team, which was by far the most excited of everybody. After the photo with the President of the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE), Alejandro Blanco, always attentive, and with several presidents of the Federations who were there, like Luis Rubiales, football, or Francisco Blázquez, the handball, the four pointed out That without his companions there would not endure so many problems, so many sacrifices. "This medal is for what we dream and for what we train during all these months, I had never trained so much. And it would not be here if it were not for these three beasts," said Germade, that after the many questions received, on televisions , on the radios and in press radius, he claimed the attention of the rest and asked: "Well, what? Let's go for a pizza cacho, right?"

Updated Date: 07 August 2021, 08:09

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