On Saturday (July 24) nine Andalusian athletes began their journey representing Spain in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Three of these athletes, Dani Ceballos, Juan Miranda, and Bryan Gill, kicked off the Games with the Spanish football team in a match against Egypt that ended in a goalless draw.

Sevillians Jamie Canalejo and Javier García also competed early Saturday morning in the coxless pairs’ rowing competition held in the Sea Forest Channel. While Canalejo and García finished fourth in their heat on Saturday, they redeemed themselves by placing first in Sunday’s repechange race.

Julia Figueroa from Cordoba served as one of Spain’s medal hopefuls as she competed in the under 48kg judo competition at this year’s Olympic Games. Figueroa faced off against Turkey’s Gulkader Senturk in the round of 32 tie on Saturday morning where she was victorious. However, Figueroa was knocked out in the round of 16 against Israel’s Shire Rishony.

Both Malaga’s Alex Davidovich and Granada’s Roberto Carballes represented Spain in this year’s tennis competition, held at the Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo. Davidovich and Carballes were both knocked out in the round of 32 while facing off against Portugal’s Pedro Sousa and Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili, respectively.

Adrian Gariva from Cadíz emerged victorious in his Saturday beach volleyball match against Russia at Shiokaze Park. Gariva and his teammate Pablo Herrera will go up against the Norwegian team later today (July 26).

At Saturday’s Dressage Grand Prix qualifier race, equestrian athletes Jose Antonio Garcia and Severo Jurade from Seville, competed in Groups C and D respectively, though neither managed to qualify for the individual final, Grand Prix Freestyle, to be held at the Tokyo Equestrian Park on Wednesday (July 28).

Finally, Huelva’s Alvaro Robles represented Spain in this year’s Olympic table tennis competition. On Saturday Robles squared-off against Argentina’s Gaston Alto and emerged victorious. In Sunday’s match against Slovenian Darko Jorgic, however, Robles finished with a score of 3 to Jorgic’s 4, knocking him out of the competion.



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