- Chronicle: Carlos Sainz wins his third Dakar
At the final podium of the Dakar, three drivers yesterday added up to 160 years, 50 participations and 14 titles in the car category. Carlos Sainz (57), Nasser Al-Attiyah (49) and Stéphane Peterhansel (54) represent the old essences of this test that privileges the experience, but also poses a challenge of aerobic resistance in the Arabian desert. The example of these motor legends adds to that of other idols, determined to challenge the limits of genetics and to continue competing at the highest level. Because they don't resign themselves to the status of old glories. The ambition for the future is also yours.
TOM BRADY | AMERICAN FOOTBALL | 42 YEARS
Three weeks ago, the Patriots quarterback became the most veteran player in history who played every game of the season. Not satisfied with this, the great dominator of the last two decades in the NFL seeks new options for the next course, given his status as a free agent. Their numbers lost bellows in 2019, although they still remained in ninth place in the pitcher's ranking (3,836 yards). The echoes of the one who wrapped six champion rings and was four times Super Bowl MVP still rumble all over New England.
ALEJANDRO VALVERDE | CYCLING | 39 YEARS
On Saturday, July 25, at the foot of Mount Fuji , await the 234 kilometers of the Olympic test en route. The last frontier for the best Spanish cyclist of this century, who before taking the plane to Japan intends to hurry up to the last stage of the Tour as an indispensable preparation. If he does not fulfill the dream of gold, he will still have another bullet in the World Cup, with the pertinent previous filming of the Tour of Spain. Repeating a rainbow jersey in Switzerland would also allow him to beat Joop Zoetemelk's longevity record, in force since 1985.
JESÚS ÁNGEL GARCÍA BRAGADO | ATHLETICS | 50 YEARS
"I am noticing the age limits, but I try to forget that I am already 50 years old to think about continuing to Tokyo," admitted the admirable Chuso a few days ago, shortly after returning from his three weeks of preparation in South Africa. Many of his expedition teammates were not even born when he proclaimed himself the 50km world champion in Stuttgart 1993. However, his ability to sacrifice remains intact. As he shows, his exposure to a thermal camera and his 14 days of preparation on the ground for the Doha World Cup, where he finished eighth.
OKSANA CHUSOVITINA | GYM | 44 YEARS
In the Games of Barcelona, with 17 years and under the post-Soviet flag of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), this jump specialist began with a team gold his exceptional Olympic career. With just 150 centimeters in height and 43 kilos , his passion for training remains intact. In October he was one step away from the final of his apparatus at the Stuttgart World Cup, although he was able to seal the ticket for Tokyo, his eighth Olympic date. "My goal is still to win a medal for Uzbekistan, " he warns.
VINCE CARTER | BASKETBALL | 42 YEARS
His portentous jumping ability was evident a few days ago, with a cap before Gary Harris that captured the highlights of the day. "I know that most teams can't give me good minutes, but I just want to go out on the track to compete and help my teammates grow," said the only one in NBA history who has played in four different decades. A great example of professionalism in the costumes of the Hawks bisoños. Since its debut, on February 5, 1999, no less than 22 seasons in the league. His title in the math contest of the All-Star 2000, before Tracy McGrady and Steve Francis , will survive forever in the memory of the fans.
KAZUYOSHI MIURA | SOCCER | 52 YEARS
Since its premiere at the Santos de Brasil, back in 1986, it has played in every corner of the planet. No less than 35 seasons, from Genoa to Sydney , through Zagreb to this Yokohama FC, with whom he played three games of the last season and with whom he continues to renew from year to year. A striker who in 2017 snatched Stanley Matthews the honor of being the oldest in history to score a goal in the professional category. The legendary English extreme hung his boots in Malta at age 55. Maybe this is the last challenge for King Kazu.
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