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Six medals in a successful week for Spanish athletics

Ana Peleteiro after winning gold in the triple jump.
Ana Peleteiro after winning gold in the triple jump. / Robert Perry. Efe
  • Ana Peleteiro, Álvaro de Arriba and Jorge Ureña were among those who came away with gold from the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow

A third-place finish overall capped off a successful European Indoor Championships for the Spanish contingent. With three golds, one silver and a bronze on Sunday, in addition to Óscar Husillos' silver on Saturday in the 400 metres, Spain finished only behind Poland and Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the final rankings in Glasgow.

Sunday was particularly sweet as Ana Peleteiro, from Galicia, came out on top in the final of the triple jump in the morning. She set a new Spanish record with a distance of 14.73 metres.

The 23-year-old, who was junior world champion in 2012, has now, under the tutelage of retired Cuban track and field athlete Iván Pedroso, come of age and sealed an elusive European Championship win after so many false starts in her fledgling career.

Salamanca's Álvaro de Arriba followed, also with a gold, with a time of 1:46.83 in the 800-metre final in which he was up against local favourite Jamie Webb. However, De Arriba went on the attack in the final lap and he couldn't be matched. Webb, took silver (1:47.13), while Ireland's Mark English had to settle for bronze (1:47.39). The other Spaniard in the final, Mariano García, came close to a podium finish but a personal best 1:47.58 was only good enough for fourth.

Minutes later came gold for Jorge Ureña. The heptathlete from Alicante was proclaimed European champion with a total of 6,218 points after coming out on top in the 1,000 metres. He also pipped a British athlete to the post, in this case Tim Duckworth who finished on 6,156 points.

This was just the third medal won by a Spanish athlete in a combined indoor event after Antonio Peñalver in Genoa 1992 (bronze) and Ureña himself in Belgrade two years ago (silver).

A further two medals completed Sunday as far as the Spanish contingent was concerned. Jesús Gómez bagged bronze in the 1,500 metres with a time of 3:44.39 and shortly afterwards Óscar Husillos, Manuel Guijarro, Lucas Búa and Bernat Erta claimed silver in the 4X400 with a time of 3:06.32 - a new national record. This was Husillos' second medal of the championships having claimed silver in the 400 metres on Saturday with a Spanish-record time of 45.66, losing out to Karsten Warholm (Norway), current world and European champion in the 400-metre hurdles.