Chema Martínez

Chema Martínez

Chema Martínez

This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Martínez and the second or maternal family name is Fernández.

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), 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 Mohammed Farah of Great Britain. He was Spain's top contender for the marathon at the 2010 European Athletics Championships inBarcelona. 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.

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

Personal bests

 

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

Achievements     

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