SportsMireia Belmonte: "I don't know who will train me"

Mireia Belmonte: “I don’t know who will train me”


Mireia Belmonte, after the final of the 400 styles at the Tokyo Olympics.Fernando Bizerra (EFE)

Mireia Belmonte is undefined three months after having caressed her fifth Olympic medal despite the stormy preparation she had to carry out to compete in Tokyo 2020. Three years ahead of the next Olympic event, that of Paris-2024, The swimmer from Badalona, ​​who will turn 31 in two weeks, has confirmed the difficulty of staying with Fred Vergnoux, the coach with whom she has reaped most of her great successes.

“It is a bit strange moment, because I do not know who will train me and, for now, I am in a self-taught plan so as not to lose much form as a job prior to when I start doing it more exhaustively with a technician,” he said this Tuesday during an act at the San Antonio Catholic University of Murcia (UCAM), where he is studying.

The swimmer belongs to the CAM of Murcia and trains regularly at the CAR of Sant Cugat, in Barcelona, ​​where she resides. Although he has not made a decision yet, everything indicates that he will decide to continue with Olaf Wildeboer, recently appointed technical manager of the National Center of the Spanish Federation in the CAR of Sant Cugat.

Vergnoux, who in addition to training Mireia led the group of swimmers of the CAR of Sant Cugat since 2013 and was also coach of the Spanish Federation and head coach of the team since 2016, signed this summer for the CN Metropole of Las Palmas. From that moment, and with the separation of Vergnoux from the federation, the rupture of the triumphal duo that he formed with Belmonte began to be glimpsed.

The swimmer from Badalona had already been the European champion of the 200 styles in 2008, but her career took hold since, a year later, she began training with the French coach. He won three gold medals at the Short Pool World Cups in Dubai in 2010; silver medals in the 200 butterfly and 800 free at the 2012 Olympics; in the 200 butterfly and 400 styles in Barcelona 2013; the gold medal in the 200 butterfly at the Rio Games in 2016, where it was also bronze in the 400 styles; and the gold medal in the 200 butterfly of the 2017 World Cup in Hungary, where he obtained another two silver, in 400 styles and in 1,500 freestyle.

When the Olympic Games in Tokyo concluded, in which she was the Spanish standard-bearer and came within 23 hundredths of the bronze medal in 400 styles, a period of rest was granted. He analyzed the physical problems that conditioned his preparation, essentially the tendonitis that he suffers in the shoulders, and that were added to a very bumpy preparation due to the covid. “When I finished the Games I was able to recover from my shoulder and the pain went down a lot. Now I have to go back to training little by little and for the muscle to remember how to swim ”. He wins his goal of playing what would be his fifth Games, in three years in Paris. “I have never lacked courage or strength, because in that I am always at full capacity and there is no problem. I have to listen to my body and see how it reacts. From there, I will make my decisions ”, he concludes.

Only two Spanish swimmers have participated in five editions of the Games. María Peláez (Málaga, 1977) did it from 1992 in Barcelona to 2008 in Beijing. His best result was a seventh place in the 4 × 100 relay in Athens-2004. Nina Jivanevskaya also competed in five Games. Born in Samara (Russia), she did it with the Unified Team in 1992, with Russia in 1996 and with Spain from 2000 to 2008. She obtained bronze medals in the 4 × 100 relay in Barcelona 92 ​​and in the 100 back in Sydney 2000 .

Belmonte has begun to plan his academic year with the professors of the degree in Advertising and Public Relations. The swimmer took advantage of her visit to Murcia to meet María, a girl who suffers from a rare disease and who practices swimming inspired by her.

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