Mireia Belmonte he was on the verge of a bronze medal in the 400m styles final of the Tokyo Olympics. The Spanish swimmer was in fourth position behind the Japanese Ohashi and the Americans Weyant and Flickinger.
The Catalan starred in a spectacular comeback in the last two posts from his 6th street, which culminates a meritorious performance that Belmonte arrived at after a year marked by injuries.
Mireia, who signed a time of 4: 35.13 minutes, was only 23 hundredths of the bronze medal, which went to the American Hali Flickinger with a mark of 4: 34.90.
Belmonte was fifth and sixth during the first 350 meters of the test, but pressed in the last length and was about to get on a new Olympic podium, as he did twice in London 2012 and Rio 2016.
It did not even serve him to surpass his great historical rival of recent years and world record holder, la húngara Katinka Long, which could only be fifth, in a test dominated at almost all times by Yui Ohashi, the new Olympic champion with a time of 4: 32.08.
In statements to Cadena Cope at the end of the final, he assured that due to his “competitive character” She couldn’t be happy, but she gave credit to her race performance, precisely because of how difficult her last months were.
It will not be the swimmer’s only opportunity to triumph in her fourth Olympic Games: she still has the tests of 800m and 1500m freestyle.