Wednesday, February 20, 2013

In The Shadow Of The Father! Lomelin!

Antonio Lomelin continues to look impressive in his bid to become a figura in the ruedos. One cannot help but wish him luck.

Lomelin is the son of the ill-fated Antonio Lomelin who was a phenomenon ion the 1960s and 1970s, though a series of major gorings and personal problems away from the ring took their toll  on him, leading up to his being found dead via what appeared to have been a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The demise of Antonio Lomelin remains one of bullfighting's greatest tragedies, for in his prime the man took both Mexico  and Spain by storm. He was especially known for his skill with the banderillas  though it was in this act he took two near-fatal horn wounds, one in Tijuana where the horn entered his back and another in Mexico City in the intestines.

For those who remember the father, it is almost spooky to see the new Lomelin in action. It is obvious just who the father was. They have the same dark and brooding features. They have marked similarities in style. From the seats higher up in the plaza de toros, it almost looks as if the original Lomelin has returned from the  grave and is young again.

On the other hand, the new Lomelin is his own man as a torero, as other blogs have noted  While much in his style resembles the famous father, there are other elements uniquely his own.

He is not just Antonio Lomelin...son of a great torero...but Antonio Lomelin, period, as far as this generation goes.

Again, the bullfighting world wishes him luck in his chosen trade and may he too, become a figura.

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