Athens brings Spain's second-best medal tally

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30 August 2004, ATHENS - Spain's 19 medals at the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics represent the country's best performance except for Barcelona 92, it was reported Monday.

30 August 2004

ATHENS - Spain's 19 medals at the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics represent the country's best performance except for Barcelona 92, it was reported Monday.

Spain won three golds, 11 silvers and 5 bronzes putting the country in 20th place among medal earners.

Judo, cycling and men's tennis proved Spain's biggest disappointments this Olympiad.

It took three days from the time the Games began before Maria Quintanal, world double trap champion, earned Spain's first medal, in trap shooting, returning to the podium she hadn't scaled since Seoul '88.

Quintana's silver laid claim to Olympic fame for being the first obtained in Athens, where gold medals went to gymnast Gervasio Deffer in the vault, David Cal in the 1,000-metre single canoe event and Iker Martinez and Xabier Fernandez in men's 49er sailing.

Deferr, joined by Patricia Moreno with a bronze in the floor exercise, has been a regular on the podium since Barcelona '92, while Cal added a silver medal in the 1,500-metre race two days after winning the gold.

His first medal had made him Spain's first canoeing champion ever and first medal winner in the sport in 20 years.

Sailing has been a Spanish standby since Montreal '76, with the exception of Sydney, and the sport proved no exception this Olympiad, thanks to the silvers won by Rafael Trujillo in Finn class and Natalia Via Dufresne and Sandra Azon in the 470 class.

Cycling proved the richest medal mine, producing two silvers and two bronzes indoors, thanks to Joan Llaneras in men's track point racing, Jose Antonio Escuredo in Keirin track racing, Sergi Escobar in 4,000-metre individual pursuit racing and the team of Carlos Castaño, Sergi Escobar, Asier Maeztu, Carlos Torrent in team pursuit racing.

Outdoors, Jose Antonio Hermida took a silver in mountain biking.

Beatriz Ferrer-Salat and her steed "Beauvalais," took a bronze in individual dressage and - along with Ignacio Rambla, Rafael Soto and Juan Antonio Jimenez - a silver in team dressage, making riding another sport in which Spain won two medals - its first honours ever in these particular events and its first medals in riding since the 1948 London Games.

Track and field brought twice as many medals as it had in Sydney, as Paquillo Fernandez won silver in the 20-kilometre road walk, Joan Lino took bronze in the long jump and Manuel Martinez finished fourth in the men's shot put - the most faithful tribute to the origins of the Games.

Javier Bosma and Pablo Herrera both won silver in beach volleyball while Conchita Martinez and Virginia Ruano also won silver in women's doubles making it Spain's sole tennis' honour.

[Copyright  EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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