Josue Brachi García
- Further Personal Information
- Seville, ESP
- English, Italian, Spanish
- Sport Specific Information
- When and where did you begin this sport?
- He took up the sport at age 13.
- Why this sport?
- "I wanted to play football, but I was very bad at it. My father, who used to be a weightlifter, convinced me to try it because he was positive I was going to like it. I tried it and was fascinated from the beginning. I wanted more and more, and things have been like that [ever since]."
- Club / Team
- Federacion Andaluza de Halterofilia: Spain
- Name of coach
- Matias Fernandez [national], ESP; Manuel Bermejo [personal], ESP; Rosario Munoz [personal], ESP
- Training Regime
- He trains for up to seven hours a day at the Tiro de Linea sports complex in Seville, Spain. He began doing his sessions there in December 2016. "Until then I had been training in a kind of cellar for 10 years. It was a bit depressing. Now it is much better."
- General Interest
- Bicho (sevillaworld.com, 22 Jul 2016)
- Spending time with friends, watching television. (elespanol.com, 23 Mar 2018; cope.es, 27 Mar 2018)
- Most influential person in career
- His father, and coaches Manuel Bermejo and Rosario Munoz. (elespanol.com, 23 Mar 2018; abc.es, 07 Jul 2014)
- Hero / Idol
- Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal. (20minutos.es, 28 Mar 2018)
- In the late part of 2013 he injured his shoulder and could not compete for six months. (andalusianstories.com, 04 Nov 2015)
- Sporting philosophy / motto
- "Without sweat, tears and blood you will never reach your true limit." (Instagram profile, 08 Sep 2018)
- Awards and honours
- In 2013 he was named Athlete of the Year in Seville, Spain. (sevilla.org, 27 May 2014)
- Famous relatives
- His father Juan Carlos competed in weightlifting for Spain. (sevilla.eldesmarque.com, 03 Dec 2015; abc.es, 07 Jul 2014)
- To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (cope.es, 27 Mar 2018; elespanol.com, 23 Mar 2018)
- Other information
- NATIONAL FIRST
He became the first male weightlifter from Spain to win an overall gold medal at the European championships, claiming victory in the 56kg category at the 2018 edition in Bucharest, Romania. (SportsDeskOnline, 04 Oct 2018; elespanol.com, 26 Mar 2018)
He has worked to improve his performance with psychologist Jose Carlos Llanes since he first started weightlifting at age 13. "He is the one who calms my nerves. We are so afraid when we lift a new weight that we have never tried before. You don't know what's going to happen, but you need it if you want to be champion. He helps me manage all of that. It's a very important part. This is not like a marathon that you can start badly and replenish yourself during the race. No, here you get 10 minutes. Nothing else." (elespanol.com, 23 Mar 2018)
Actual news More news »
- Oceania’s largest weightlifting event concluded July 17, 2019
- Successful Administration and Management Seminar in Bolivia July 15, 2019
- IWF Coaching Seminar and Open Events in the Czech Republic July 12, 2019
- XVI Pacific Games July 10, 2019
- Tokyo Ready for Olympic Games as Test Event Wraps Up July 8, 2019