Carreño and Entrerríos share trophies after eventful trip to Asturias

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Trasona (Asturias), October 6 (EFE).- The tennis player Pablo Carreño and the handball player Raúl Entrerríos received this Thursday in Trasona (Corvera) the awards that accredit them as the best Asturian athlete of the year 2021 and athlete of the decade, respectively, from which they arrived ‘in extremis’ after sharing a dangerous journey after the plane which brought them from Barcelona was diverted to Santiago when it was unable to land in the Principality.

With Carreño at the wheel, the two athletes from Gijón traveled the almost three hundred kilometers of road that separate Santiago from the place where the 37th Asturian Sports Gala was held, in the ParqueAstur de Corvera shopping center, just 10 minutes from the Asturias airport, where the plane could not land, after two landing maneuvers, around 1:00 p.m.

During his brief meeting with the public, Carreño, a bronze medalist at the Tokyo Olympics and one of the stars of the Open ATP 250 de Gijón, which takes place from October 8 to 16 in Gijón, said to himself ” very excited” because every time he returns home, especially given the opportunity to play a competition of this level for the “first time” in his hometown.

“I played in Gijón at other times but I didn’t have the same experience and I didn’t play as much as now,” said Carreño, who stressed that “there are possibilities” in regarding getting a good result at the Gijón Open, after being out of work for three weeks due to a foot injury he suffered after the US Open.

“I hope 2022 is over,” the tennis player confessed of the year “that he wasn’t very good, and finally a tournament in Montreal fixed it.”

Former handball player Raúl Entrerríos received the extraordinary award for the best athlete of the last decade for his extraordinary career, crowned in 2021, the year of his retirement, by the bronze of the Spanish handball team in Tokyo – his second medal Olympic- and five titles with FC Barcelona.

Entrerríos, who participated in an event with schoolchildren at the Las Vegas Municipal Sports Center (Corvera), expressed the “proud” he feels to receive this recognition in his country, “something very beautiful and special” that is added to the delivery of the medal of Asturias and his election as herald of the international descent of the Sella.

This is the second time that the Asturian Sports Press Association has awarded an athlete the recognition of the best of a decade, previously received by his brother Alberto Entrerríos, currently coach of French Limoges.

From his player stage to that of coach, which he evolves at FC Barcelona, ​​Entrerríos stressed that they are “totally different”, since the responsibilities are different. “The player’s stage is unique and very demanding,” stressed the winner, who as a coach tries to ensure that the athletes perform at the “maximum level”.

Racing driver José Antonio ‘Cohete’ Suárez, Spanish Rally Super Champion, and roller hockey player Sara Roces, European champion with the Spanish team, and aged just 19, best player of the tournament and top scorer.

Football coach Luis Enrique was honored with the Andrés Caramés trophy for best coach, for leading the Spanish team to the semi-finals of the European Championship and the final of the Nations League. In a recorded message given the impossibility of attending the gala, he specifies that this distinction “links him even more” to his land.

Basketball player Saúl Blanco received the Best Career award after ending a remarkable sports career in 2021, with 283 games in the ACB League, while the Rey Pelayo Trophy was won by canoeist Saúl Craviotto, a five-time Olympic medalist.

Victoria Ortiz of Guinea Argüelles, world champion in Ice Water Swimming at 68, won the Woman and Sport trophy.

Footballer Fernando Somolinos, after returning to the field after overcoming a brain tumor, was awarded the Overcoming Award; the Verónica Rodríguez t-shirt for Adapted Sport for her fifth place in the European Championship and in the B final of the Paralympic Games in the four plus coxswain category, and the Avilés Sports Foundation (FUNDAVI) the José Miguel Cano Trophy for Values Human for his social work.

The Juan Puerta Trophy for best university athlete was awarded to swimmer Carlota Torrontegui for the three Spanish championships and the two second places she won in 2021.

In addition, during the ceremony the winners of four categories were announced, the best club that the Association of Friends of the Ría de Navia won; best equestrian federation; best promise for Alejandro Catalán (karate) and best indigenous athlete for the Peña Batán de Mieres.


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