At age 51, García Bragado leaves with his own 50-kilometer test, which has been deleted from the official athletics program as of Tokyo 2020
TOKYO – When starting this Friday, at 5.30 am, in the 50 km race, he marches in Sapporo, the Spanish Jesus Angel Garcia Bragado it has broken, with eight presences, the world record of Olympic participations in athletics (men or women).
Until this Friday the Madrilenian was tied at seven with the Jamaican sprinter -then Slovenian- Merlene Ottey.
At 51 years old, Garcia Bragado, who was world champion in Stuttgart ’93, leaves with the 50 km test itself, that has been removed from the official athletics program from Tokyo 2020.
Bragado made his debut as an Olympian at the Barcelona Games ’92 with a tenth place and has not missed any edition since then, always in 50 kilometers march.
After in Atlanta ’96 abandoned, in Sydney 2000 was twelfth, in Athens 2004 fifth in Beijing 2008 fourth – best result of all Spanish athletes -, in London 2012The 42-year-old was classified seventeenth and twentieth in Rio 2016.
No athlete in the world has had such a long Olympic career and only four athletes, counting all disciplines, surpass him, three with nine participations and one, the Canadian Ian Millar, with ten.
Tokyo mark the end point of your record-setting trajectory and launch you into the Olympus of the Games, in a restricted “club” of athletes who pushed their limits beyond their limits, who managed to combine physical and mental strength to prolong their elite careers for almost thirty years.
“Now that I am doing my last training sessions, many memories come to my mind of places where I have trained and competed, not since I was a marcher, but since I began to do athletics in the streets of Madrid. Those memories return to take a place that I was in oblivion “, he affirmed Garcia Bragado in a recent interview with EFE.
The absolute record of participations in the Olympic Games belongs to the Canadian Ian Millar, which was in ten editions, competing in horseback riding. He began his Olympic career in Munich 1972 and ended it in London 2012.
In that period only the Moscow Games 1980, boycotted by their country. His best result was silver in team jumping in Beijing 2008.
The veteran Canadian rider, known in his country as’Captain Canada‘, finished his career in London at age 65.
The second step of the podium is made up of athletes who compete in shooting and sailing.
The Austrian sailor Hubert raudaschl played nine editions of the Games, like two shooters: the Latvian Afanasijs Kuzmins and the Georgian Nino Salukvadze.
Kuzmins competed for 36 years and represented three times Soviet Union and six to Latvia. For its part, Nino Salukvadze He competed for 33 years and represented three different flags.
It began in 1988 representing the extinct Soviet Union and then competed with him Unified Team in the Olympic Games, name used in Barcelona Games 1992, and eight times with the flag of Georgia
His record contains three Olympic medals, one gold, one silver and one bronze.
Garcia Bragado He will be the first athlete to reach eight Olympic participations and will join a group of eleven athletes, among which is the Peruvian Francisco Boza, a shooter who competed between 1980 and 2004 and in 2016, winning a silver medal in Los Angeles 1984.