José Manuel Martínez

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José Manuel Martínez
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Martínez at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  Spain
European Athletics Championships
Gold medal – first place 2002 Munich 10,000 m
Silver medal – second place 2006 Gothenburg 10,000 m
Silver medal – second place 2010 Barcelona Marathon
Mediterranean Games
Silver medal – second place 2009 Pescara Half marathon
Bronze medal – third place 2005 Almería Half marathon
Gold medal – first place 1999 Palma 10,000 m

José Manuel ("Chema") Martínez Fernández (born 22 October 1971 in Madrid) is a Spanish long-distance runner. He is married to Spanish field hockey player Nuria Moreno.

Martínez's first major win came at the 1999 Summer Universiade, where he became the champion in the 10,000 metres. He competed at the 2001 World Championships in Athletics, finishing 13th in the final, but was more successful at the European Athletics Championships, in which he won the 2002 gold medal in the 10,000 m, and returned to take the silver medal at the following edition in 2006. He won the San Silvestre Vallecana 10K race in Madrid in 2003.

Martínez has represented Spain at the Olympics on two occasions: in 2004, finishing ninth in the 10,000 m, and at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, at which he was 16th in the Olympic marathon race.

Other significant achievements include a win at the Madrid Marathon in 2008 (his first marathon win),[1] a bronze medal at the 2005 Mediterranean Games, a silver medal in the half marathon at the 2009 Mediterranean Games and an eighth-place finish in the marathon at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics. He has competed at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships on numerous occasions, with his best performance of 17th coming at the 2003 edition.

He ran in the 2010 Cursa de Bombers and finished in third place with a time of 28:54.[2] Martínez took third at the European Cup 10000m in early June, although he was some distance behind the winner Mo Farah of Great Britain.[3] He was Spain's top contender for the marathon at the 2010 European Athletics Championships in Barcelona. He won the silver medal but was satisfied with the performance as winner Viktor Röthlin set a fast pace in the hot race.[4] Martínez ended the year at the San Silvestre Vallecana, where he finished fourth.[5]

He began his 2011 season at the European Cup 10000m and finished as the runner-up behind Yousef El Kalai.[6]

He won the Spanish edition of the Wings For Life World Run in 2014[7] and 2015.[8] He ran 55.56 km in 2014 finishing 40th of the global rank and 59.19 km in 2015 to get the 48th position.


Year Competition Venue Position Event
1997 World Cross Country Championships Turin, Italy 42nd Long race
1999 Universiade Palma, Spain 1st 10,000 m
World Championships Seville, Spain 19th 10,000 m
2000 World Cross Country Championships Vilamoura, Portugal 21st Long race
European Cross Country Championships Malmö, Sweden 9th Senior race
2nd Team race
2001 World Cross Country Championships Ostend, Belgium 37th Short race
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 12th 10,000 m
European Cross Country Championships Thun, France 24th Long race
2002 World Cross Country Championships Dublin, Ireland 35th Long race
European Championships Munich, Germany 1st 10,000 m
European Cross Country Championships Medulin, Croatia 15th Senior race
1st Team race
Rotterdam Marathon Rotterdam, Netherlands 3rd Marathon
2003 World Cross Country Championships Lausanne, Switzerland 17th Long race
Rotterdam Marathon Rotterdam, Netherlands 3rd Marathon
World Championships Paris, France 16th Marathon
2004 World Cross Country Championships Brussels, Belgium 42nd Long race
European 10,000 m Challenge Maribor, Slovenia 1st 10,000 m
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 9th 10,000 m
2005 Mediterranean Games Almería, Spain 3rd Half marathon
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 30th Marathon
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 2nd 10,000 m
DNF Marathon
European Cross Country Championships San Giorgio su Legnano, Italy 15th Senior race
2nd Team race
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 9th Marathon
European Cross Country Championships Toro, Spain 5th Senior race
1st Team race
2008 World Cross Country Championships Edinburgh, Scotland 56th Senior race
Madrid Marathon Madrid Spain 1st Marathon
Olympic Games Beijing, China 16th Marathon
2009 European Cup 10,000 m Ribeira Brava, Portugal 1st 10,000 m
Mediterranean Games Pescara, Italy 2nd Half marathon
World Championships Berlin, Germany 8th Marathon
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 2nd Marathon

Personal bests[edit]

  • 5000 metres - 13:11.13 min (Huelva, 2006)
  • 10000 metres - 28:09 min (Manchester, 2007)
  • Marathon - 2:08:09 hrs (Rotterdam, 2003)


  1. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (27 April 2008). "Martínez takes first career Marathon victory in Madrid". IAAF. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (19 April 2010). "Menjo blazes 27:04 10Km in Barcelona". IAAF. Archived from the original on 23 April 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Ramsak, Bob (6 June 2010). "Farah and Monteiro take European Cup 10,000m victories". IAAF. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "European Athletics Championships 2010: Viktor Rothlin wins marathon gold". Daily Telegraph. 1 August 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  5. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (1 January 2011). "Fulfilling favourite roles, Tadese and Augusto prevail in Madrid". IAAF. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "Portugal double victory at the European Cup 10000m". European Athletics. 4 June 2011. Archived from the original on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Chema Martínez triunfa en la 'Wings for Life World Run' de Barcelona" [Chema Martinez triumphs in the 'Wings for Life World Run' of Barcelona]. Europa Press (in Spanish). 4 May 2014. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Chema Martínez gana la Wings for Life española por segunda vez" [Chema Martinez wins the Spanish Wings for Life for the second time]. Sport (in Spanish). 3 May 2015. Retrieved 2 October 2015.