After winning gold and silver for Spain at the Tokyo Olympics, triple jumper A. Peleteiro and gymnast Ray Zapata came out defending their Spanish heritage. A. Peleteiro said that “a lot of people” in Spain were likely upset that two Black athletes had been so successful.
Both PA. Peleteiro and Zapata, who won bronze and silver, respectively, in Rio, felt they deserved recognition for their accomplishments while competing on their country’s behalf.
A. Peleteiro Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
A. Peleteiro told, “It’s evidence of change, that this blend is extremely positive, that it makes the country richer.” “There is nothing more lovely than the union of two good things, and anyone who doesn’t want to recognise that is a fool.”
Zapata had been talking about how they are “of colour but represent Spain” in an earlier joint interview with Spain’s state broadcaster, RTVE, when A. Peleteiro cut him off, saying, “We are Black, what do you mean ‘of colour?’, they are the ones ‘of colour,’ they change colour more than the sun.”
Zapata, who was born in the Dominican Republic but raised in Spain, once commented, “What do I know… I feel immensely happy when I come out to represent Spain.”
Galicia, in the far northwest of Spain, is where A. Peleteiro was born. She has voiced concern about receiving racial slurs and the directive “go back to your country” from strangers on the street. She had also been the target of online harassment in the past.
I think it demonstrates that when someone seizes an opportunity, everyone should rejoice, she added.
When A. Peleteiro remarked that politicians from more radical parties had thanked other Spanish medalists but not Zapata and A. Peleteiro, he sparked a minor political scandal on social media.
Introducing A. Peleteiro: Her Life Story
Born on December 2, 1995, in Ribeira, Galicia, Spain, triple jumper A. Peleteiro Brión holds the national record in her home region. At the 2019 European Indoor Athletics Championships, she took first place and won the gold medal.
She entered the 2018 European Championships with a bronze medal from the 2018 World Indoor Championships. There are more than 280,000 people who follow her on Instagram alone.
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