Susana Rodríguez, award for the best athlete in Spanish sport

She becomes the first athlete with a disability to receive this award.

The Galician Paralympic triathlete Susana Rodríguez has been the main protagonist of the awards ceremony National Sports Awards 2022, held today at the El Pardo Palace.

Their Majesties the Kings They have presided over an event that recognized 14 people and entities for their outstanding work in the sports field.

Rodríguez, world and European paratriathlon champion in 2022, in addition to gold in the Yokohama and Montreal World Series and the Alhandra World Cup (Portugal), has received the Queen Letizia Award to the best Spanish athlete of the year.

It thus becomes the first athlete with a disability to receive this award, a milestone that highlights equality and inclusion as fundamental pillars of Spanish sport.

Carlos Alcaraz, for its part, has been awarded the King Philip Award the best male athlete.

The Murcian tennis player, who in 2022 reached number 1 in the ATP ranking and won the tournaments in Rio de Janeiro, Madrid, Miami, Barcelona and the US Open, becomes the youngest player to receive this award.

A legendary track record

Susana Rodríguez, a native of Vigo, is a triathlete with a career full of success. At 32 years old, she has an enviable track record that includes:

  • 5 gold medals at the Paratriathlon World Championships (2017, 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022)
  • 4 gold medals at the European Paratriathlon Championships (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2022)
  • 2 silver medals in the Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro 2016 and Tokyo 2020)
  • 1 bronze medal at the Paralympic Games (London 2012)

beyond sport

Susana Rodríguez It is an example of improvement and the fight for equality. Her tenacity and talent have made her a reference for Spanish sport, both on and off the courts.

His award is a recognition of his brilliant sporting career, but also of his commitment to the inclusion and visibility of people with disabilities.

The delivery of the 2024 National Sports Awards has served to highlight the good moment that Spanish sport is going through.

Susana Rodríguez y Carlos Alcaraz They are two examples of the quality and talent of Spanish athletes, which predict a bright future for national sport.

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