The Spanish Athletics Federation (RFEA) He expressed his regret this Saturday over the death, last Thursday, of Melanio Asensio, the first Asturian athlete to compete in the Olympic Games, those of Rome’60.
“From the RFEA, our sincere condolences to his family, friends and Asturian athletics”, reads the federative message published on social networks. Melanio Asensio Montes, a former sprinter, died in Oviedo at 84 years of age.
DEP Melanio Asensio Montes 🏃🏻💨
100m 👉🏼 3 times 🇪🇸 champion and record holder (10.5)
200m 👉🏼 Champion of 🇪🇸 and record holder (21.6 👉🏼 straight)
5️⃣ Rome Olympics 1960
1️⃣9️⃣ times international
From the RFEA, our sincere condolences to his family, friends and Asturian athletics pic.twitter.com/sAlpd9Eonh
– atletismoRFEA (@atletismoRFEA) January 16, 2021
Statistician Miguel Villaseñor recalls that Asensio was four times champion of Spain (three in 100 meters and one in 200), he broke 15 national records (in 100, 200 and 4×100) and was 19 times international. In the Olympic Games of Rome’60 he competed in 200 meters and obtained a manual mark of 22.3 with which he was eliminated in the first round.
Along with manual timing, in these 1960 Games there was another electric support. In the case of Asensio, the electric mark was 22.46, the first in the Spanish history and, consequently, a national record.
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