Ceremonially opened in Jerez “Mercedes Ch…

Mayor Mamen Sánchez, together with First Vice-Mayor Laura Alvarez, Vice-Mayor for Urban Planning José Antonio Díaz and Delegate for Sports and Rural Affairs Jesus Alba, oversaw the completion of the complete renovation works of the athletics tracks of the annex to Chapín and led, accompanied by by the athlete Mercedes Chilla, the new name of the facilities as “Mercedes Chilla” Athletics Tracks, in recognition of her career and example as a legend of Spanish athletics and emblem of Jerez Sport.

In this way, the local government continues to invest in the quality of sports facilities, so that Jerez is the place through the “Play Jerez” strategy for major events. In the same way, the overall reform and creation of new sports spaces also recognize the contribution and reference of athletes who are exemplary, as in the case of the designation of the Pradera de Chapín as “Pradera Laura Delgado “Bimba”, the annex football field as “Campo Pepe Ravelo’ and now with Mercedes Chilla in this unprecedented renewal of the tracks.

The renovation of the athletics tracks of the Chapín annex, with a project called “Modification of the main project and implementation of the renovation of the athletics track and the annex”, was carried out by Mondo Ibérica at a cost of €299,473.71. a new action in public sports facilities, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the Multiregional Operational Program (ERDF) within the Integrated Strategy for Sustainable Urban Development (EDUSI) “Jerez 2022”, whose coordinator in the city is the first deputy. Mayor Laura Alvarez.

The tracks combine different bluish tones, like those at Chapin Municipal Stadium, and the tartan is of the latest generation, with identical characteristics to that installed at Chapin Municipal Stadium.

In this regard, the mayor recalled that the local government and in the current municipal mandate have encouraged investments of more than one million euros in the athletics facilities of the Chapín sports complex, investments that have led to cutting-edge tracks that have been praised by both the Royal Spanish Federation of athletics, as well as that of Andalusia.

Added to this investment is the LED-type renovation that the City Council already carried out last winter, which solved the installation’s lighting deficiency. With a budget of €48,819, it is also an action co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the Multiregional Operational Program (ERDF) within the Integrated Sustainable Urban Development Strategy (EDUSI) Jerez 2022.

It consisted of repairing the 12 floodlights on the four towers that serve the installation, which already have “led” technology. Likewise, a CCTV system has been installed and perimeter fencing of the facility has been done to prevent unauthorized use of such tracks, which can be used with due permission by people preparing for physical fitness tests.

We remind you that the competitor from Jerez was a record holder and a ten-time champion of Spain in the javelin throw. Just 20 years old, his specialty opened a gap in Spanish athletics, achieving his first milestone: a Spanish record with a throw of 57.91 meters.

Guided by his coach Pepe Vega, his success in Amsterdam (U23 European) marked a decisive step in his career. In the Spanish championship held in Jerez in 2003, she won her first title as Spanish champion in Chapin. It was the first of 10 in a row. He had previously broken the record for Spain.

Participated in the Olympics in Athens in 2004, burdened by injuries. These were his first games and stay in the Olympic village. In Gothenburg 2006, he wrote his name in golden letters in Spanish athletics. She won the only medal ever won by a Spanish pitcher at a major outdoor competition, specifically the European Championships. His throw of 61.98 meters is the history of the Spanish sport, winning the bronze medal.

In the World Cup in Beijing, she achieved her best performance in the world, with a 9th place, which ended up being 8th (after disqualification of the previous ranking). In 2012, he suffered an injury that kept him out of the London Olympics. After requiring surgery, he returned to throw 59 meters, rekindling his passion for athletics. He participated in the World Masters in Malaga in 2018, which he won in his category. His record of 64.07 meters has stood since 2010.

An entrepreneur from Jerez, since the end of 2014 she is in charge of the “Cross-Fit Jerez” center, whose management she made compatible with athletics until she leaves her practice as a high-level athlete in mid-2021. This is the first center of this type found in his time at Jerez.

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