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Natalia Rodríguez Martínez was born the 2nd of June 1979 in Tarragona, Spain. Natalia is a Spanish middle distance runner who specializes in the 1500 metres who competed in the 2008 Olympics.
At the 2009 IAAF World Championships, Rodríguez initially finished first in the 1500 m, but was disqualified for tripping Gelete Burka. 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.
Rodriguez, who had finished in a season's best 4 minutes, 3.36 seconds, insisted she did nothing wrong.
"I ran well and I haven't committed any fault," Rodriguez said. "With 250 meters to go, Gelete went wide a little bit and she left open the inside lane. I tried to pass there. But when she noticed I was about to do it, she closed it in."
Rodriguez elbowed Burka aside as she tried to squeeze past. The Ethiopian fell to the blue track, scrambled back to her feet and finished 10th. Rodriguez walked over to the Ethiopian, who was lying on the track after she crossed the line, and held her hand.
"I felt bad for her," Rodriguez said. "She was favorite for the medal and I wanted to support her."
In Doha in 2010 Natalia won the Silver Medal at the IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships.