Antonio Serrano, the wizard of Spanish distance running
A methodical coach who has gained the trust of the elite of Spanish athletics.
- “I prefer my athletes to make progress year by year, and not to drive them as hard as possible right from the first moment”
- “I admire and support the small-town coaches who have less resources than those in the HPCs (High Performance Centres)”
- “I teach my athletes to assimilate invisible training; I talk with them a lot and I make sure I know all about their problems”
The exhaustive working methods of Antonio Serrano mean that he is now the face behind one of the most important groups of athletes in all of Spain. His working philosophy is clear: get the very best out of each athlete by taking into account their qualities and abilities. His desire is for each athlete to improve in the long term and to be both complete and consistent throughout each season and their sporting career as a whole.
The coach always has each week's training planned out in his computer beforehand, but he does not let the athletes know what they will have to be doing until they are warming up, so they remain relaxed and don't lose any sleep. He prefers training times to closely resemble competition times.
Despite working with the crème de la crème of international athletics, Serrano does not consider himself to be any kind of guru, and he does not forget all those trainers working behind the scenes to help emerging athletes.
- “Chema Martínez, a consummate professional”
Antonio Serrano describes his pupil Chema Martínez, worldwide ambassador for the 2010 Gran Canaria Marathon, as the consummately professional athlete: "He is one hundred percent dedicated to athletics. He may not be as gifted as others, but thanks to his sacrifice and hard work he has achieved great results”.
Sportsman and academic
Born in La Solana (Ciudad Real) on the 8th March 1965
Elite athlete from 1987 until 1999
29 times international competitor and 6 times international university competitor
Graduate in Physical Activity and Sports Sciences (1984-1989) and Master in Sports Management from the University of Lérida
National athletics trainer since 1989
Since 2000 he has worked as a trainer for the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation
Named best athletics trainer in the 2005-06 and 2007-08 seasons. Prize awarded by readers of the specialist magazine 'Atletismo español'
Outstanding results as athlete:
Two times Olympian: Seoul '88 and Barcelona '92
Three world track championships: Tokyo '91, Stuttgart '93 and Gothenburg '95
Eight times competitor in cross-country world championships
Three European track championships: Split '90, Helsinki in '94 and Budapest in '98
World university champion in cross-country (Bologna 1988)
Runner-up in world university cross-country championships (Poznan 1990)
Two bronze medals at the 1989 Duisburg university games, in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres
Gold medal in the 1993 Buffalo university games in the 10,000 metres
Bronze medal in the 1994 European Cross-Country Championships in Alnwick, England.
Winner of 1997 Venice Marathon
Second place in 1995 Fukuoka Marathon
Second place in 1996 Amsterdam Marathon
Third place in Berlin Marathon
Fifth place in 1996 London Marathon
Fourth place in half marathon world championships in Belfort (France) in 1995