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Jesús España Cobo (born 21 August 1978 in Valdemoro, Community of Madrid) is one of the Spanish runner, who mostly concentrates on the 3000 and 5000 metres.

España first represented Spain at the 2001 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, where he was 11th in the short race. He won his first medal the following year at the 2002 European Athletics Indoor Championships, taking the bronze medal over 3000 m. Outdoors, he came eleventh in the 5000 m at the 2002 European Athletics Championships. He came close to another medal indoors at the 2003 IAAF World Indoor Championships, finishing a fraction of a second behind the bronze medallist Luke Kipkosgei. In 2005 he won the 3000 m gold medal at the 2005 European Cup and went on to compete at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics, where he was disqualified in the heats.[1]

At the 2006 European Championships in Athletics España gained a narrow win in the 5000 m, overtaking Mo Farah just metres from the line. This was his first major international title.[2] He made his Olympic debut at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where he finished 14th in the 5000 m final. In 2009 he won the 3000 m bronze at the European Indoors, a gold medal over the distance at the 2009 European Team Championships, and finished tenth in the 5000 m final at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics.[1]

Jesús España competed at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships and came sixth, and retained his title at the 2010 European Team Championships. He attempted to defend his 5000 m title at the 2010 European Athletics Championships, but found himself beaten by Farah on this occasion, ending up with the silver medal. He ran at the San Silvestre Vallecana in Madrid on New Year's Eve and took third place on the podium behind Zersenay Tadese and fellow Spaniard Ayad Lamdassem.[3] He was fifth over 3000 m at the 2011 European Athletics Indoor Championships in March and won the Great Ireland Run in April.[4]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
1997 European Junior Championships Ljubljana, Slovenia 9th 1500 m 3:50.95
2002 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 3rd 3000 m 7:48.08
European Championships Munich, Germany 11th 5000 m 13:55.80
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 4th 3000 m 7:42.70
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 9th 3000 m 7:57.33
2004 Ibero-American Championships Huelva, Spain 1st 5000 m 13:48.09
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 5000 m DQ
2006 European Championships Göteborg, Sweden 1st 5000 m 13:44.70
World Cup Athens, Greece 6th 3000 m 7:50.09[5]
2007 European Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 3rd 3000 m 8:02.91
World Championships Osaka, Japan 7th 5000 m 13:50.55
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 14th 5000 m 13:55.94
2009 European Indoor Championships Turin, Italy 3rd 3000 m 7:43.29
World Championships Berlin, Germany 10th 5000 m 13:22.07
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 6th 3000 m 7:42.82
European Championships Barcelona, Spain 2nd 5000 m 13:33.12
2011 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 5th 3000 m 7:54.66
European Team Championships Stockholm, Sweden 1st 5000 m 13:39.25
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 12th 5000 m 13:33.99
2012 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 20th 5000 m 13:55.98
2014 European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 11th 5000 m 14:14.57
2015 European Indoor Championships Prague, Czech Republic 4th 3000 m 7:47.12
World Championships Beijing, China 26th (h) 5000m 13:51.47
2016 European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 10th Half marathon 1:04:01
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 65th Marathon 2:20:08
2018 European Championships Berlin, Germany 6th Marathon 2:12:58

Personal bestsEdit

  • 1500 metres – 3:36.53 min (2002)
  • 3000 metres – 7:38.26 min (2006)
  • 5000 metres – 13:04.73 min (2011)
  • 10,000 metres – 28:26.27 min (2012)
  • Half marathon – 1:03:28 (2016)
  • Marathon – 2:11:58 (2016)


  1. ^ a b España Jesús. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-01-01.
  2. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (2006-11-26). Jesús España overcomes all barriers to fulfil his dream. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-01-01.
  3. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (2011-01-01). Fulfilling favourite roles, Tadese and Augusto prevail in Madrid. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-01-01.
  4. ^ Martin, Dave (2011-04-10). Teenager Purdue upsets experienced rivals in Dublin 10Km. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-11.
  5. ^ Representing Europe

External linksEdit

  • Jesús España at IAAF
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Jesús España". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2012-08-25.