and if this will be joined with a small dose of humility, simplicity and education, an excellent athlete can become a great athlete.”

Javier Castillejo

Sport – Boxing

Ral Gonzlez

Sport – Football

Fermn Cacho Ruiz

Andrs Gimeno

Sport – Tennis

Galo Blanco

Sport – Tennis

Pedro Carrasco

Sport – Boxing

Seve Ballesteros

Sport – Golf

Manuel Orantes

Sport – Tennis

Andrs Iniesta

Sport – Football

Alberto Contador

Sport – Cycling

Francisco Javier Gmez Noya

Fernando Torres

Sport – Football

Abel Antn Rodrigo was born on October 24, 1962, in Ojuel, Soria. He won the gold in the marathon race at the 1997 and 1999 World Championships. He was also the winner of the 1998 European Championships (Budapest). In his lifetime, he won the Spanish Championships five times, and set two National Records. With even more Spaniards taking to athletics, the future looks bright for sports in Spain. Over the years, they have produced some of the greatest sportsmen in Rafael Nadal, Iker Casillas, Fernando Alonso, Ral Gonzlez, lex Corretja, Carlos Ferrero, and Arantxa Snchez Vicario, to name a few. According to him, “the only way to succeed is the force of will, sacrifice, perseverance and self discipline… In the following year, he once again finished second at the World Indoor Championships (Seville). Here’s a list of some popular Spanish sportsmen.

Rafael Nadal

Sport – Tennis

Albert Costa

Sport – Tennis

Carlos Moy

Sport – Tennis

Jos Manuel Abascal

Carlos Ferrero

Sport – Tennis

scar Freire

Sport – Cycling

Francisco Gento

Sport – Football

Sergio Garca

Sport – Golf

Born on February 16, 1969, in greda (Spain), Cacho was the first Spanish runner to win the gold in the 1992 Summer Olympics. There have also been quite a few Spanish athletes, who have left their mark in the sport. He won two gold medals at the under-20 European Championships. In 1984, he was elected as the Best Athlete in Spain, by the Spanish Association of Sports Journalist. He has to his credit 23 gold, 12 silver, and 4 bronze medals at these events, making him one of the greatest triathletes of all time.

Born on August 2, 1976, in Cornell de Llobregat (Spain), Reyes Estvez Lpez started his career as an athlete at a very young age. Javier has the unique distinction of having taken part in 57 ITU competitions, securing a place in the top ten on 54 occasions. Kane

Sport – Wrestling

Samuel Snchez

Sport – Cycling

Born on March 17, 1958, in Alceda, Cantabria, Jos Manuel Abascal was a 1500 m champion. Unfortunately, due to an Achilles injury, he couldn’t participate in the 2000 Summer Olympics held in Sydney.

Born – 31st Jan ’67

Sport – Discus Throw

Fernando Alonso

Sport – Formula 1. Their contribution to sports has been no less significant. Spain has always been known to produce some of the greatest sportsmen the world has ever seen. He was ranked 3rd in 1997 in the World Athletes List. He earned his first title at the 1994 European Championships, by winning the 10,000 meters. Here’s a look at some of the greatest Spaniards in the field of athletics.

Greatest Spanish Athletes of All Time

Miguel Indurain

Sport – Cycling

Oriol Ripol

Sport – Rugby

Iker Casillas

Sport – Football

Spain continues to contribute in the field of sports, and especially in athletics. The following year, he was awarded “the Principe de Asturias” prize. In addition, he won bronze medals in the 1997 World Championships (Athens), 1999 World Championships (Seville), and 2005 European Indoor Championships (Madrid). Some of his other achievements include getting the second place in the 1993 World Championships (Stuttgart), winning the 1994 European Championships (Helsinki), winning the silver medal in the 1997 World Championships (Athens), and winning the bronze medal at the 1998 European Championships (Budapest). His greatest achievement was at the 2012 London Olympic Games, where he won the silver at the triathlon. In 1998, he became the first Spanish to win the London Marathon.

Joan Llanera

Sport – Cycling

Cdric Garcia

Sport – Rugby

lex Corretja

Sport – Tennis

Pau Gasol

Sport – Basketball

Xavi Hernndez

Sport – Football

Reyes Estvez Lpez

Born – 19th Jan ’80

Sport – Javelin Throw

Born on 25th March 1983, Francisco Javier Gmez Noya is one of Spain’s most promising athletes. Dios bendiga a Espaa.

Javier Snchez

Vicario

Sport – Tennis

Born – 13th Jul ’88

Sport – Racewalking

Famous Spanish Sportsmen

A lot of Spaniards have made vital contributions in various sports. He won the bronze medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics. He also won the silver medal in the 1987 IAAF World Indoor Championships. He was a popular long-distance runner. He also won silver medals in the 2001 World Indoor Championships, and 2002 European Indoor Championships.

Sergi Bruguera

Sport – Tennis

Born – 10th Sep ’91

Sport – Long Jump

Arantxa Snchez

Vicario

Sport – Tennis

Other Lesser-known Athletes

Here’s a list of some other athletes of yesteryear, and some bright and promising stars of tomorrow who have represented Spain in athletics.

Born – 3rd Nov ’75

Sport – Steeplechase

Abel Antn Rodrigo

Born – 8th Apr ’78

Sport – Discus Throw

David Villa

Sport – Football

Emilio Snchez

Vicario

Sport – Tennis

Spain is a country which has been blessed with people with immense talent, especially in the fields of art and literature. He made his mark in 2008, when he won the ITU Triathlon World Championship; he repeated the feat in 2008, and finished in third and second place, respectively in 2011 and 2012. He rose to fame in 1990, when he finished second in the European Indoor Championships (Glasgow)