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Nerja athlete becomes surprise Spanish pole vault champion

Leyva on the podium at the Spanish Championships in Madrid.
Leyva on the podium at the Spanish Championships in Madrid. / RFEA
  • Isidro Leyva broke the Andalusian record as he claimed gold while long-distance runner Ouassim Oumaiz had to settle for silver

The Spanish Athletics Championships threw up two surprises for Nerja-based athletes Isidro Leyva and Ouassim Oumaiz.

In the case of the former, it was a nice surprise as the pole vaulter claimed gold for the first time at senior level. What's more, the 21-year-old beat his personal best by five centimetres and set a new Andalusian record with a leap of 5.46 metres. This score positions Leyva in eighth place overall in the European under-23s.

As for long-distance runner Oumaiz, who came into the tournament on the back of setting the best time of any Spanish athlete so far this year in the 5,000 metres, a silver came as a slight disappointment, with a time of 13:48.08 (his personal best is 13:13.14) leaving him just behind Abdessamad Oukhelfen (13:47.26).

Further success came for Nerja with the Cueva de Nerja-UMA team claimed bronze in the relay.