Rosa Morató

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Rosa María Morató (born June 19, 1979 in Navarcles) is a Catalan runner who specializes in the steeplechase. She finished eighth at the 2007 World Championships. She represented Spain in the steeplechase at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Her personal best time is 9:26.23 minutes, which she achieved in July 2007 in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium.[1] She holds the Spanish record over 10 km, with a time of 32:06 minutes at the 2009 San Silvestre de Barcelona.[2]

She has frequently reached the top ten in the women's race at the annual European Cross Country Championships. She took the individual bronze medal and team gold (alongside fellow steeplechaser Marta Domínguez) at the 2007 European Cross Country Championships and took the silver medal at the 2009 edition, leading the Spanish women to the team bronze.[1]

Morató won her first international steeplechase medal at the 2010 Ibero-American Championships in San Fernando, Cádiz, where she defeated Zulema Fuentes-Pila to win the gold medal in a championship record.[3] She then took a silver medal in the 2010 European Team Championships, beaten only by Yuliya Zarudneva. Morató just missed out on qualification for the steeplechase final at the 2010 European Athletics Championships later that summer. In the buildup to the 2010 European Cross Country Championships, she was the runner-up at the Cross de Soria, finishing three seconds behind Dina Lebo Phalula,[4] and also took second at the Cross Internacional Valle de Llodio.[5] She missed the championships, however, due to a hamstring injury.[6]

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Spain
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 9th (heats) 3000 m st.
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 7th (semis) 3000 m st.
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 8th 3000 m st.
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 12th (heats) 3000 m st.
2010 Ibero-American Championships San Fernando, Spain 1st 3000 m st. 9:40.26
European Team Championships Bergen, Norway 2nd 3000 m st.
European Championships Barcelona, Spain 6th (heats) 3000 m st.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b iaaf.org - Athletes - Morató Rosa Biography. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-11-27
  2. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (2010-01-02). Morató excels in Barcelona - Spanish New Year’s Eve race wrap. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-11-27.
  3. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (2010-06-07). Murer vaults 4.85m Area Record as Cuba and Spain dominate in San Fernando – Ibero-American Championships report. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-11-27.
  4. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (2010-11-22). Ebuya confirms, Phalula surprises at Soria cross country. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-11-27.
  5. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (2010-11-29). Medhin and Aguilar reign in Llodio. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-12-02.
  6. ^ Spain’s Morató out of SPAR European Cross Country Championships. European Athletics (2010-12-08). Retrieved on 2010-12-08.