Second disappointment in 24 hours for Mireia Belmonte

If on Sunday morning Mireia Belmonte was on the verge of winning her fifth Olympic medal, with a magnificent performance in the final of the 400 styles, yesterday the badalonina lost her cross. Belmonte was unable to reach the 1,500-meter freestyle final, and now he only has one bullet left if he wants to return from Japan with a new Olympic metal, the 800-meter freestyle, a test where he will swim the series this Thursday.

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In the 1,500-meter freestyle debut in the women’s Olympic program, Belmonte finished with the 15th best time in the semifinals, a 16: 11.68 too far from the favorites. In fact, the Catalan was 12 seconds behind the finalist with the worst time, the Australian Kish Melverton. In the final, by the way, the big favorite will be the American Katie Ledecky. Just four hours after losing an individual final for the first time in a few Games (she was defeated by Australian Ariarne Titmus in the 400 pounds), Ledecky broke the 1,500 Olympic record with a time of 15: 35.35 minutes. After getting the silver at 400 pounds, now the American wants to win gold at 200, 800 and 1,500 meters. If he does, he will reach the eight Olympic gold medals.

Also in yesterday’s swimming day, Barcelona’s África Zamorano was unable to reach the semifinals of the 200-meter dash after finishing sixth in her qualifying series. The CN Sant Andreu swimmer achieved the 20th overall time out of a total of 27 participants. He will now focus on preparing for the 200-meter backstroke, his specialty. On the other hand, the Mallorcan swimmer Hugo González did lift his head in the final in the 100 backstroke final. It is just the second final of the Spanish delegation so far in swimming.

And if Ledecky aspires to more medals in the women’s category, in men his compatriot Caeleb Dressel already has the first of the 6 medals he aspires to, in this case thanks to the relay of the United States of the 4×100 meters, which won in Italy and Australia. The British Adam Peaty also revalidated the Olympic title, in this case in the 100 meters breaststroke.



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