Miguel Navarro, the first person to run a marathon in Spain, has died

Miguel Navarro, a marathon runner, national record holder, Spanish champion, and Olympian, died on Sunday in Barcelona at the age of 92, according to the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation (RFEA).

Miguel Navarro was the oldest living Spanish Olympic athlete at the time. The Catalan is regarded as the father of the Spanish marathon. He competed in the 1960 Rome Olympics, finishing 17th in the marathon, and setting the national standard for the sport throughout the 1950s and 1960s.

He set national records in a variety of sports, including long-distance track tests (1 hour, 20,000, 30,000, and 35,000 meters) and route races (30 kilometers and marathon). He beat the Spanish record in the marathon five times, rising from 2 hours, 34 minutes, and 49 seconds in 1958 to 2:24:17 in the Italian capital during the 1960 Olympics.

The five-time Spanish marathon champion (1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, and 1964) was also a seven-time international representative for Spain. In addition, he won a silver medal at the Mediterranean Games in Beirut in 1959.

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