Spanish swimmer Teresa Perales continues to expand her legend. After finishing fifth in the 100-meter freestyle, she won the silver medal in the 50-meter backstroke class S5 (physical disability) at the Tokyo Paralympics on Monday. It is the twentieth metal for the national delegation in these Games and the twenty-seventh medal in total in his career; to one of Michael Phelps’ record. Despite a left shoulder injury sustained in May during the European Championship in Funchal that raised doubts about her physical condition at the Aquatic Center of the Japanese capital, the 45-year-old Aragonese has shown her quality and her competitive character to get on the podium with a time of 43.02.
Just a month and a half ago he had been unable to train, but carefully, swimming with one arm, he managed to recover in time to be present in Tokyo. Given his condition, his targets were cautious. She assured that she would be happy to qualify for a final in the tests in which she competed. This Monday he did it, and he improved it. She took a diploma for her fifth place in one and metal and podium in the second, behind the Chinese Dong Lu, who broke the world record (37.18), and ahead of the Turkish Sevilay Ozturk (43.48), just 17 years old.
“This medal is the one that has cost me the most in my entire career and it will be the most special for all that it shows,” he acknowledged as he came out of the pool. “I have put more courage than ever. I have taken out the Aragonese rasmia. One thing was what I wanted and have dreamed of, and another is reality. Before entering the competition we have to reposition the left shoulder, caught with tweezers, and a week after returning from the Games I had surgery. This medal touches the miracle and is the demonstration of what human will is “, he added with a smile while caressing the metal.
This is Spain’s second medal of the day after the silver obtained by the Catalan Nuria Marquès in the final of the 100 meters backstroke in the S9 class (physical disability). The Barcelona woman has repeated the position she achieved five years ago in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) after a highly contested final where she fell just over a second behind the gold that has been for the American Hannah Aspden.
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