Natalia Rodríguez (athlete)

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Natalia Rodríguez
Natalia Rodríguez Barcelona 2010.jpg
Natalia Rodríguez in Barcelona 2010
Medal record
Women’s athletics
Representing  Spain
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Daegu 1500 m
European Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Barcelona 1500 m
World Indoor Championships
Silver medal – second place 2010 Doha 1500 m
European Indoor Championships
Gold medal – first place 2009 Torino 1500 m

Natalia Rodríguez Martínez (born 2 June 1979 in Tarragona) is a Spanish middle distance runner, who specializes in the 1500 metres. She represented Spain at the Summer Olympics in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012.

At the 2009 IAAF World Championships, Rodríguez initially finished first in the 1500 m, but was disqualified for tripping Gelete Burka.[1] With 200 meters to go, Rodríguez thought she had a clear path to pass the Ethiopian runner on the inside, but when she attempted the pass, the pair collided and Burka crashed to the track.[2][3]

Rodríguez won the silver medal at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, before going on to take the bronze medal outdoor at the 2010 European Athletics Championships.

She won the 2011 Cursa Bombers 10K race in Barcelona, although hot weather and a Catalan-only rule meant the race was uncompetitive.[4]


Rodríguez at the Jean Bouin road race in 2008
Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Spain
1996 World Junior Championships Sydney, Australia 16th (h) 800m 2:09.09
1998 World Junior Championships Annecy, France 6th 1500 m 4:16.20
1999 European U23 Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 4th 1500m 4:10.65
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 12th (heats) 1500 m 4:22.82
2001 European U23 Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 2nd 1500m 4:11.20
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 6th 1500 m 4:07.10
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 6th 1500 m 4:06.15
2003 World Championships Paris, France 11th (semis) 1500 m 4:08.80
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 5th (heats) 1500 m 4:13.52
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 10th 1500 m 4:03.01
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 4th 1500 m 4:05.72
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 6th 1500 m 4:03.06
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 8th 1500 m 4:03.72
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, People's Republic of China 6th 1500 m 4:03.19
2009 European Indoor Championships Turin, Italy 1st 1500 m 4:08.72
World Championships Berlin, Germany 1500 m DQ
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 2nd 1500m 4:08.30
European Championships Barcelona, Spain 3rd 1500m 4:01.30
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 3rd 1500m 4:05.87
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 13th (heats) 1500 m 4:16.18
2013 European Indoor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 1500 m DNS (final)
World Championships Moscow, Russia 8th (heats) 1500 m 4:09.18

Personal bests[edit]


  1. ^ Lucas, Ryan (August 23, 2009). "Rodriguez disqualified, Jamal wins women's 1,500". Associated Press. Retrieved 2009-08-23. [dead link]
  2. ^ Morse, Parker (August 23, 2009). "Natalia Rodriguez's disqualification". Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  3. ^ Haynes, Frank (August 24, 2009). "Rodriguez and Burka's collision". Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  4. ^ Justribó, Joan (2011-04-11). La Bombers se abona al récord. Mundo Deportivo. Retrieved on 2011-04-16.

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