Spain lived a difficult day at the facilities of Tokyo 2020. The national delegation had to celebrate a medal, and with options for it to be gold, this Wednesday. However, the hero of that metal did not have his day and ended up having to settle for a seventh place. Niko Shera, double world champion of judo, lost in the repechage and said goodbye.
That was the hardest blow for Spain, who saw in the Georgian judoka the great opportunity to win a gold medal. Shera was very touched before the media and, in fact, as soon as the fight ended, she burst into tears. The tennis team was also unlucky, neither at the male level nor at the female level. Paula Badosa he retired to the semi-final gates due to heatstroke, while Muguruza lost in two sets in the same phase.
Badosa, having to withdraw due to the temperature, also forced him to withdraw from the mixed doubles duel. Davidovich, in the men’s box, he lost against Djokovic. The only positive note was Carreno, which has remained the only Spanish representative in tennis at the Olympic Games.
🏸 BÁDMINTON | @Pablo_Abian He stands up to the Olympic champion and remains at the gates of the eighth.
❤️ VERY PROUD of you Pablo! Always in our team, champion 🤝 Thank you for your effort! 👏#TheHeartofSpain @BadmintonESP pic.twitter.com/5iEQ5Fdacf
– Spanish Olympic Committee (@COE_es) July 28, 2021
In team sports, however, there were better results. Among them that of the Selection of Luis de la Fuente, who drew against Argentina and certified their ticket to the quarterfinals as first in the group. In handballLikewise, they also got the place in the quarterfinals by beating Brazil and signing three out of three. The men’s hockey team put the icing on the cake with a 1-4 victory over Japan and, in beach volleyball, the Herrera and Gavira couple achieved their first victory. By contrast, the water polo girls failed to beat the Netherlands and fell by a tight 14-13.
On an individual level, Spain fell far short of the Olympic diplomas in both individual dressage and weightlifting, where it represented the David Sánchez team. In badminton, Pablo Abián lost to the Chinese representative 2-0. And in disciplines such as archery there were no positive results either. Swimming, with several representatives, left the good news of Hugo Gonzalez, classified for semis of 200 meters styles, Nico García in 200 meters backstroke and Jessica Vall in breaststroke. In the K1 kayak, David Llorente also qualified for the semifinals, and in the cycling time trial Ion Izaguirre had to withdraw due to injury.
Latvia won the first 3×3 basketball medal, which debuted in this edition of the Olympic Games, after beating the Russian team in the men’s final. In the feminine, it was United States the one that managed to take the great metal. In addition, in football Germany suffered the setback, which after failing in the Eurocup was eliminated in the group stage of the Olympics.
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