Team Spain chalk up third medal after Chourraut claims silver in kayak

Team Spain chalk up third medal after Chourraut claims silver in kayak

  • This follows a bronze in mountain bike and a silver in taekwondo

Good and bad news for Spain in its first week at the Olympics. There has been time for disappointments, for joys and, above all, for pleasant and unpleasant surprises.

The balance for now is three medals achieved.

First medal in taekwondo

Seventeen-year-old taekwondo athlete Adriana Cerezo Iglesias, the youngest member of the Spanish Olympic team in Tokyo, won the silver medal in the category of up to 49 kilos at the weekend, Spain's first medal in the Games.

Appearing confident against an acclaimed opponent, the Madrid athlete finished just one point behind the gold medal, which went to the current world number one and bronze winner in Rio 2016, Thai Panipak Wongpattanakit.

Cerezo reached the final after defeating a legend, the Chinese athlete Jingyu Wu.

Second medal in mountain bike

Spain achieved its second Olympic medal at the Tokyo Games this Monday (26 July), after David Valero made an epic comeback, winning bronze in the Mountain Bike XCO category.

The Andalusian, who has been a surprise medallist, is living his second Olympic experience after being ninth in Rio de Janeiro.

Te 32-year-old cyclist from Granada finished only behind Briton Thomas Pidcock and the Swiss Mathias Fkueckiger. And he snatched the bronze from legend Nino Schurter, also from Switzerland.

Third medal in canoeing

The Spanish paddler Maialen Chourraut won the silver medal in the women’s kayak event on Tuesday (July 27), which was the third medal for Spain in these Olympics. It is also the third Olympic medal that she has achieved in her career as a professional canoeist.

The Gipuzkoan, who had arrived at the competition with the seventh fastest time, placed first with a time of 106.63, after a clean descent, with some setbacks, but without penalties.