Jose Carlos Hernandez Qualifies for the Marathon Team at the London Olympics

Once again Sands Beach Resort is in the press spotlight for its sporting guests.

Hot on the heels of Victor Del Corral’s Lanzarote Ironman 2012 win, Lanzarote marathon athlete Jose Carlos Hernandez faced the press in reception this week to talk about his preparation for the London Olympics in August.

Beginning his training at Sands Beach Resort, Jose talked about the years of hard work, sacrifice and support that had brought him to the Olympic team selection, the fulfilment of a dream held by the ‘conejero’ who belongs to Club Tenerife CajaCanarias.

Current Canary Islands record holder at 28:50 for the 10 kilometres distance gained in Arrecife in 1978, at half marathon distance with a time of 1:02:58 and at full marathon distance with a time of 2:13:46 set in Berlin in 2010, the 34 year old sealed his place at the London Olympics 2012 with an eighth place finish at the Barcelona Marathon on March 25th 2012 in a time of 2:11:57, a new personal best. Despite suffering calf pain in the first five kilometres, Jose pushed himself through the pain barrier and grew in strength with every kilometre notched up. Having made the qualification time set by the RFEA (Royal Spanish Athletics Federation) for the World Cup team South Korea a year ago and still not been chosen, Jose pushed himself to better his performance and it paid off.

Praising Lanzarote’s ideal terrain sports terrain that has made it one of Europe’s leading sports destinations; its wide avenidas and long beaches, perfect climate and excellent diet, Jose begins his training here at Sands Beach Resort before travelling to Valladolid with his coach Juan Carlos Granado later this month to begin his intense two month preparations for London.

Well aware of the competition he and his team mates face in an event dominated by the Africans, Jose feels that a top twenty finish would rank as success and hopes that the London August heat will be favourable to the Spanish.

Here at Sands Beach Resort we wish Jose all the luck in the world so that his training and preparations go well and that his performance in London reflects the hard work and sacrifice he, like all the other professional athletes who make it to the top of their disciplines, put in to making London 2012 such an exciting prospect.

¡Buena suerte Jose! 🙂