There have also been a number of Spanish athletes that have had an impact on the sport. Here's a look at some of the best Spaniards in sports history. Jose Manuel Abascal was a 1500 m champion who was born on March 17, 1958, in Alceda, Cantabria. At the 1984 Summer Olympics, he earned a bronze medal. He died at the age of 36 in a car accident.
Another great Spaniard in athletics is Martinez Balandrana who was a long jumper who won two gold medals at the 1920 Antwerp Games and one silver at the 1924 Paris Games. He also finished fourth at the 1928 Amsterdam Games.
Francisco Montes de Oca is a former sprinter who competed in the 1960s and 1970s. He won a silver medal in the 4 × 100 m relay at the 1967 Mediterranean Games and finished fifth in the 1968 Mexico City Games.
Jose Antonio Aguilar is a former hurdler who represented Spain at the 1996 Atlanta Games. He came in seventh place in this event.
Manuel Puigmarti is a former cyclist who has won one stage in the Tour de France. He first won the yellow jersey after winning the second stage, but he lost it after only riding around one town because of bad weather conditions. He then went on to win another stage during the next tour.
Juan Carlos Gomez is a former cyclist who has won one stage in the Tour de France.
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The first Spaniard to win an Olympic medal was Carlos Velázquez, who won the silver medal in boxing at the 1920 Antwerp Games.
Since then, Spain has participated in every Summer Olympic games except for 1944 because of World War II. The country has won two gold medals, one silver and three bronze medals.
Spain's top athlete is sprinter Javier Gomez. He has won four gold medals in the 100 m, 200 m, 4 × 100 m relay, and 4 × 400 m relay events. In fact, he is the most successful male sprinter of all time.
Other notable Spanish athletes include middle-distance runners Marcelino O'Carroll and Manuel Puente, long jumper Jose Luis Abarca, triple jumper Alberto Juarez, shot putter Antonio Leal, hammer thrower Raul Iglesias, and weightlifter Sergio Llara.
Llaimbraga Athletics Stadium is a sporting arena in Madrid, Spain. It is currently used for football matches and is the home stadium of Real Madrid CF.
Edwin Vasquez won Peru's only gold medal in the 1948 Summer Olympics, while Francisco Boza (Los Angeles, 1984) and Juan Giha (Barcelona, 1992) both won silver medals. Luis Horna and Jaime Yzaga are well-known Peruvian tennis players. Horna was one of the world's top ten players in the 1930s and 1940s and is considered by many to be the father of Argentine tennis.
Horna was born in Argentina but grew up in Lima, where his family had emigrated when he was a child. He began playing tennis at the age of six and soon became interested in competing against the best in Europe. When he was 11 years old, he moved to Buenos Aires to attend school and train with the best coaches available. There he met another young star of the game, Juan Giho, who would go on to become one of the greats of the sport too.
After graduating from high school, Horna returned to Lima where he continued to practice sports and study engineering. He eventually married an Argentinian woman and they had three children together. In 1937, at the age of twenty, he went back to Argentina for good and started working with a coach to improve his game even further. That same year, he won his first international tournament in Montevideo, Uruguay.
In 1939, he won another two titles in San Diego and Los Angeles, California.