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Biography of José Manuel Abascal (1957-VVVV)


Spanish athlete, born in 1957 in Alceda (Cantabria). He was one of the great world endurance of the eighties and the first Spanish athlete to win a medal in track. Character very calculating in career, although he also got very fast records in the 1500 m, he debuted in the elite winning the 1,500 m of the European Junior of 1977, endorsed by the bronze in the same distance at the 1982 European Championships. Great competitor, unlike his great rival national, José Luis González, always reserved his best moment of form for instead of competitions for exhibition meetings. Fifth in the 1983 Helsinki world, it reached the bronze medal, behind Steve Ovett and Sebastian Coe, at the Los Angeles 1984 Games. He got his best times thereafter, but then got no more success than the world runner-up in indoor in 1987 and the 5,000 meters at the European Cup in the same year. Injuries made him to retire two years later, without that it has come to take part in the Seoul Games in 1988.

Bibliography.

Athletics 1996. Sports Books Ltd. Surbiton, U.K. 1996.


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