MADRID, July 26 (EUROPA PRESS) –
Catalan swimmer Mireia Belmonte, four-time Olympic champion, has finally been selected for the European Championships to be held in Rome from August 11 to 17, the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation (RFEN) confirmed on Tuesday.
The Badalona native was not originally included in the list announced by the panel a few months ago, but has now changed her mind and called them “to support the progress of the competitions and goals that will take her to Paris 2024, her fifth Olympic Games, with the ambition to regain Olympic glory,” said Sean Kelly, RFEN National Director of Performance.
Belmonte, who won gold in the 200 styles of the Spanish championship last Sunday, will swim in the event in the Italian capital, plus the 400 styles, the 100 and 200 butterflies and the 400 free. The Spaniards had already warned that the deeper disciplines would be abandoned this cycle.
Instead, Hugo González de Oliveira, winner of three medals at the last continental event, canceled the first call-up, following “an amicable decision between the athlete and the management of the national team, resulting from the athlete’s expressed need for a break after a very demanding competition phase in the last two seasons, with the aim of resuming the preparation for the Olympics in September under optimal conditions”.
Spain, who hardly shone at the last World Championships in Budapest, will be there with a total of 22 swimmers. Mireia Belmonte, Jessica Vall, Lidón Muñoz, Ainhoa Campabal, Julia Pujadas, Africa Zamorano, Carla Hurtado, Ángela Martínez, Paula Otero, Alba Vázquez and Carmen Weiler will make up the female representation, as well as Carles Coll, Sergio de Celis, Diego Mira , Luis Domínguez , Carlos Garach, Nicolás García, Arbidel González, Alberto Lozano, Mario Mollà, Joan Lluís Pons and Juan Francisco Segura, the man.
In addition, the RFEN announced that María de Valdés, Ángela Martínez, Carlos Garach, Guillem Pujol and Alberto Martínez will be selected for the Open Water Tests, which will take place from August 18th to 24th. All except Martínez, who will only swim the 10K, will compete in the 10K and 5K.