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Asier Martínez is proclaimed European champion of 110 hurdles for one thousandth! – Brand

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One thousandth. That last effort when there is no more strength left, that measure that is invaluable in many calculations, is an abyss when we talk about athletics and this time it was the difference between gold and silver, the time that allowed Asier Martínez to proclaim himself champion of Europe the 110 meters hurdles. Because the Spaniard, recent world bronze in Eugene, reached the finish line equal to the Frenchman Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, with whom he kept a pulse on the hurdles during the last 50 meters of the race. Both marked the same time at the finish line, 13.14, and it was the thousandths that decided the podium. Assier, 137; the Frenchman, who was defending the title won four years ago, 138. With his family and friends in the stands, including many of his colleagues from Azpi Crew who were carrying the hurdler’s number in hand, Asier burst with joy when after a minute he knew the result of the ‘photofinish’. Until then he had tried to deal with his nerves, with that pressure that the recent world bronze medal has given him at 22 years old. But Asier ‘ran’ like at home. He knew that he had his own close and when the shot sounded he went like lightning – he was the second with the best reaction time after Llopis (0.149) – towards the title. It was not a clean race, but he went from less to more, as usual, to always place himself next to Martinot-Lagarde, whose trail he did not want to lose. In a last effort, he threw himself over the finish line convinced that the more experienced Frenchman had taken oil from the last meter. They only focused on him and it was a long minute, I had a bad time. I’m happy, you can’t ask for anything more from the seasonAsier Martínez, European champion”They only focused on him and it was a long minute, I had a bad time”, Asier admitted with a smile. “I’m happy, you can’t ask for anything more from the season.” With those 13.14, in addition, the hurdler made a personal mark and record for Spain under-23. “I don’t even know what happened in the race. I guess it went well because I won with a record,” he said with a laugh. After the even fight for victory, the bronze went to the Frenchman Kwaou-Mathey, with 13.33. The other Spaniard in contention in the final, Enrique Llopis, finished seventh, with 14.81, after having a contact with the Frenchman Zhoya. “I’m not happy because I could have been in the front, but these races have confirmed that I can fight with the best”. Llopis had been very solvent in the semifinals, in which he won his series with 13.30, a personal best with which he is always third in the national ranking, behind Orlando Ortega (13.04) and Asier Martínez (13.17).

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