Hidalgo expects the Spanish triathlon to take off "the thorn" in London 2012

The president of the Spanish Triathlon Federation (FETRI), José Hidalgo Martín, has shown his desire that the London 2012 Olympic Games allow the Spanish triathlon to "pull out the thorn" and achieve Olympic success, mainly in the men's section, after the diploma of the last appointment.

«The background for London 2012 is good, I like to think that part of the objective is the road and on that road very interesting things have happened since Spain is one of the more than one hundred countries that have classified the maximum number of men and women , and we are going with options ”, Hidalgo declared in an interview with Efe, after attending last night in Ceuta the delivery of the 2011 trophies of the Ceuta Federation of this sporting modality.

Regarding the possibilities of Spain, Hidalgo has indicated: «in girls Ainhoa ​​Murúa, Zuriñe Rodríguez and Marina Damlaimcourt, who are the ones who can be there, have options due to maturity and because their time has come to be in an Olympic diploma, while in boys Javier Gómez Noya, Iván Raña and Mario Mola they give to dream of a medal ».

The president of the FETRI has warned about the main rivals and has asserted that they will be “the English and the Germans, since Jan Frodeno He is a man from the Olympic Games, although I think that with medal options there will be eight or nine athletes for sure, including those who play at locals like the brothers Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, but racing at home has an extra cost and extra motivation ».

From the Olympic event, he has valued that Spain is one of the six countries in the world that currently has the participation limit and has highlighted: "we have three men and three women, which is the maximum we can have."

Hidalgo has defended the "good health" of the Spanish triathlon "on the basis that the federated world is stagnant and in crisis, while popular sport continues to increase, but triathlon has been growing above 18 percent for more than a decade the number of licenses'.

The number of organizers and clubs has also grown and has argued that «we have exceeded the 15 percent mark and we have athletes like Javier Gómez Noya, Iván Raña or Mario Mola who are fighting to be world champions or to be in the Olympics ».

The FETRI leader recalled that "since Iván Raña was world champion in Cancun in 1992, we have always had a Spaniard who has been on the podium or fighting for him in all the World Championships."

"We are a sport," he continued, "that transmits a good social image, transmits values ​​and is very attached to the sporting reality and that is why we grow, so we must try to lay the foundations for it to continue growing."

He has been optimistic about the possibility of maintaining this growth rate because "triathlon is fashionable, it is a sport that arouses a lot of sympathy among fans and those who know this modality end up staying, but we are afraid that this is abnormal in terms of growth and interest at some point has to be brought back to normal ».

José Hidalgo, who has advanced the implementation of a national project to popularize triathlon and added that “we are knowing how to interpret what people want and we are trying to keep up with the times. We are trying to develop the triathlon in all the autonomies equally, we have a great roots throughout the national territory.

Regarding the delivery of the Gold Medal for Sporting Merit granted by the Higher Council of Sports and received on October 5, he stated that “it was a recognition of triathlon, for what has been achieved in being a sport, the last to enter Sydney in the Olympic Games, and now we are going from being the tail of the Olympic sports van to asking for a leading role in the middle zone ”.

On his first official visit to Ceuta, he acknowledged that: "Spain ends up being very big but I have always had a very close relationship with this city as it has very active people in this sport." EFE

Source: abc.es

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