Spain achieves 14 medals at the IBIZA 2022 Spanish U15 & U17International
The national representatives put the Spanish accent on eight of the 10 championship podiums.
Spanish badminton has once again demonstrated the potential of its players in the Spanish U15 & U17 International of IBIZA 2022, the second of the three consecutive international tournaments that are played on the Pitiusa island. The national representatives have achieved 14 medals and have put the Spanish accent in eight of the 10 podiums of the championship.
In total, the Spanish athletes have won one gold medal, four silver medals and nine bronze medals. These medals have been handed by the Consell’s Sports Director, Javier Bonet, Ibiza Town’s councilor Jordi Salewski and the president of the Balearic Badminton Federation Silvia Riera, who have followed in situ the intense final day of the competition.
The brilliant results achieved by the U15 athletes are tremendously encouraging, as we find ourselves on the eve of the European Championship in that category, which will also be held in Ibiza, more specifically in Sa Blanca Dona. This championship will put the icing on the cake for two intense weeks of top-level competition.
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Nine medals in the U17 competition
The U17 competition has had a strong Spanish accent thanks, in large part, to the gold medal won by the U17 mixed doubles by Macarena Izquierdo and Yaidel Gil. These have been imposed in the final to the English duo formed by Dillon Chong and Lila Dundas. Along with Izquierdo, the Aragonese Raúl Bergua also climbed to the podium, who hung the bronze teaming up with the German Lisa Bonnemann.
One of the silvers also bears the signature of Macarena Izquierdo, as she was proclaimed runner-up in singles. The Spanish only lost to the English Lila Dundas and was close to achieving a spectacular comeback (21-13, 14-21 and 21-15). In this event, Macarena Fernández also climbed to the podium as a bronze medalist. Another silver has been hung by the local athlete Ramón Rovira, who has curdled a brilliant competition and has been one step away from winning the title by losing to the Swiss Keishin Rimmer 24-22 and 21-16. Alejandro Gállego also hung the bronze in this modality.
Spain still achieved three more bronzes in the U17 competition: the women’s doubles for Nerea Eraso and Martina Peña and the men’s doubles for Alejandro Gállego – Alejandro Tagües and Martín Mosquera – Guillermo Nuviala.
Five medals in the U15 competition
The youngest promises did not miss their appointment with the podium either and showed that they have the potential to progress and compete at the highest level. Alberto Martínez was left with honey on his lips on two occasions, as he lost in the singles final against the great Portuguese promise, Tiago Berenguer (21-9 and 21-6) and in the men’s doubles with Cristobal Vallejo. In this event, his executioner in the final was also Tiago Berenguer, who was in a partnership with Joao Fernandes.
It should be noted that of the four men’s doubles medalists, three were Spanish, since the pairs Mateo Fernández – Miguel Paya and Gabriel Cañellas – Alex Tur won the bronze. Spain would still get one more bronze, that of Carmen Carro, whose medal tastes like gold for her great tournament and because she came close to reaching the final, since she lost in a very close semifinal by 17-21, 26-24 and 24-22 against the Belgian Fae Boonen.
Badminton is being breathed in Ibiza during almost the entire month of September, as it is chaining three international tournaments whose grand finale will be the European U15 Championships. Thanks to the invaluable support of the Consell Insular d’Eivissa and the Eivissa City Council, and the predisposition of the Balearic Badminton Federation and Badminton Ibiza, this city is the Spanish and European capital of badminton.