Sports and urban culture flood the capital in a frenetic weekend at the Madrid Río – Matadero facilities.
Charlotte Worthington, Kieran Rilley, Xak, Mad Max, Daniela Terol, Esteban Clot and Lucas di Meglio, the big stars of the weekend
Madrid became the epicentre of sport and urban culture this weekend. More than 500 athletes passed through the Madrid Río-Matadero facilities to compete and show off their Skateboarding, Scootering, BMX and Breaking skills. Music and art accompanied, as usual, the urban sport.
Sport and urban culture are booming and the large number of people attending the event showed the interest of Madrid’s citizens in these trends. A potential that the City Council of the capital and Foro de Empresas had already foreseen when they decided to hold Madrid Urban Sports in a free space open to the city’s public.
“The rise of urban sports has allowed the MUS to make a leap in quality, not only because of the media impact of the event but also on a sporting level where we have increased competitiveness among athletes and we have hosted qualifying events for Paris 2024”, says Victor Casanovas, director of the Madrid Urban Sports.
More than 500 athletes from 38 different countries gathered in Madrid to compete for medals in this second edition of Madrid Urban Sports.
Urban sports storm Madrid
Madrid donned its Olympic attire last weekend, hosting the BMX and Breaking Olympic qualifiers.
The reigning Olympic BMX champion, Charlotte Whortington, did not disappoint the spectators and won the gold medal at the MUS and left in the minds of all visitors her first 720 in an official competition. Meanwhile, Kieran Rilley pulled off a surprise and beat the main favourites: Daniel Dhers (Olympic silver) and Declan Brooks (Olympic bronze) after performing a double flip in his first round.
In Breaking, more than 100 international athletes gathered in Madrid to get their first points in Paris. Spain’s Xak retained his title, while Madmax did the same in the BGirl category.
Daniela Terol, one of the promises of the national Skateboard took the gold in the MUS with a perfect round. In the men’s final, Jhan Carlos Gonzalez took the gold medal from Olympian Angelo Caro. The Peruvian left everyone in the crowd in awe after landing his spectacular bestrick: a 360 flip lipslide bigspin out on the downhill flat rail.
Esteban Clot took the gold medal from Scooter Park world champion Jordan Clark after a round full of risky transfers. Lucas di Meglio retained his title in the MUS, with a round full of spectacle and a bestrick that left no one indifferent.
Urban culture at its best
Music provided the soundtrack at the Madrid Río-Matadero facilities with freestyle battles by Urban Roosters and the ‘Flex Moments’ showcases, featuring urban artists from the Madrid scene. Art was also present, with Manzanares Town, a space with drawings and graffiti by 17 artists that amazed all MUS visitors.
Madrid Urban Sports put an end to its second edition with a resounding success at the Madrid Río – Matadero facilities to enjoy a spectacle of sport and urban culture never seen before in the city, which allowed attendees not only to be spectators but also protagonists of the event.