José Manuel Martínez
Martínez at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics
|European Athletics Championships|
|2002 Munich||10,000 m|
|2006 Gothenburg||10,000 m|
|2009 Pescara||Half marathon|
|2005 Almería||Half marathon|
|1999 Palma||10,000 m|
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.
Other significant achievements include a win at the Madrid Marathon in 2008 (his first marathon win), 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. Martínez took third at the European Cup 10000m in early June, although he was some distance behind the winner Mo Farah of Great Britain. 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. Martínez ended the year at the San Silvestre Vallecana, where he finished fourth.
- 5000 metres - 13:11.13 min (Huelva, 2006)
- 10000 metres - 28:09 min (Manchester, 2007)
- Marathon - 2:08:09 hrs (Rotterdam, 2003)
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- Ramsak, Bob (6 June 2010). "Farah and Monteiro take European Cup 10,000m victories". IAAF. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
- "European Athletics Championships 2010: Viktor Rothlin wins marathon gold". Daily Telegraph. 1 August 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2010.
- Valiente, Emeterio (1 January 2011). "Fulfilling favourite roles, Tadese and Augusto prevail in Madrid". IAAF. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.