During an excellent race, in which he had to work hard to come back from behind, the Dominican reached one of the qualifying places for the semifinals
Tuesday’s session in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics ended up being a very useful one for the Dominican Republic, especially in athletics, since it closed with an important classification in the Men’s 200 meter sprint.
A few minutes after the Dominican Marileidy paulino will be able to qualify for the semifinal in the Women’s 400 meter sprint, The athlete Yancarlos Martinez he did the same with an impressive career in which he stayed with second position, coming back from behind.
Martinez He took advantage of his athletic qualities to initiate a series of important passes after the curve of the athletics track and thus overcome a “slow start”. He reached the goal and qualified second in his group by posting an impressive time of 20.17 seconds, remaining only behind the American corridor Kenneth Bednarek (20.01). The time achieved by Martinez became the best mark reached by a Dominican in the history of the 200 flat meters (national record).
The Dominican must now turn his attention to the semifinal race to be played on Tuesday, August 3 at 7:50 AM (Dominican Republic time), where he will seek a place in the final and thereby compete for medals.
It is remembered that Yancarlos Martinez was one of the last athletes to get his ticket to Tokyo 2020, which he reached during the end of June, in the last qualifying event held for his discipline. On that occasion he had a time of 20.21 seconds, which was enough to stay with the first place of the Castellón Meeting.
The Dominican Republic has never won a medal in the 200 flat meters (despite having a silver in the 400 meters, obtained in London 2012), so the expectation of having a chance to reach the Olympic medal in said competition has grown significantly with the performance of Martinez.