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SpainSpain, ESP
Open water


Further Personal Information

Date of birth
10 November 1990
170 cm
Athlete, Student
Catalan, English, Spanish
Higher education
Advertising, Public Relations - Catholic University of Murcia: Spain

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age four at a club in Badalona, Spain.
Why this sport?
She was advised to take up swimming by doctors after she was diagnosed with scoliosis, a condition that affects spinal development.
Club / Team
UCAM CN Fuensanta: Murcia, ESP
Name of coach
Frederic Vergnoux [national, personal], FRA, from 2010

General Interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 200m butterfly and bronze in the 400m individual medley at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 11 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, US swimmer Michael Phelps, Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal. (, 02 Dec 2017;, 22 Feb 2016)
She underwent a double hernia surgery in August 2020. The injury were detected while she was training for a competition in Loule, Portugal. (, 17 Aug 2020)

An ankle injury prevented her from competing at the 2018 World Short Course Championships in Hangzhou, People's Republic of China. (, 21 Nov 2018)

She began experiencing persistent dizziness and migraines in 2016, and her symptoms got worse while she was competing at the 2018 Mediterranean Games in Tarragona, Spain. She also withdrew from the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, following medical advice. (, 01 Nov 2018;, 02 Aug 2018;, 20 Jul 2018, 23 Jun 2018)

Bronchitis meant she was unable to compete at the 2016 World Short Course Championships in Windsor, ON, Canada. (, 03 Jan 2017)

In June 2015 she suffered from shoulder bursitis that required stem cell therapy as part of the treatment. The injury forced her to miss the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. (, 22 Feb 2016;, 22 Jun 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2018 she was given the Prize of Olympic Values of the Spanish Olympic Committee [COE]. (, 13 Dec 2018)

She was Spain's flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Mediterranean Games in Tarragona, Spain. (, 19 Jun 2018)

She received the Premio AS del Deporte Award in 2012, 2014 and 2016. (, 03 Jan 2017)

She was presented with the 2015 Gold Medal for Sporting Merit by the Spanish Sports Council. (, 29 Jul 2015)

She was named the 2014 Athlete of the Year by the Spanish Olympic Committee [COE]. (, 17 Dec 2014)

In 2013 she received the National Prize of Sport in Spain. (, 15 Dec 2015)
She became the first female Spanish swimmer to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games when she triumphed in the 200m butterfly at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 02 Nov 2018;, 21 Oct 2016)
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 21 Dec 2019)
Other information
She is allergic to chlorine and has to take special medication. (, 19 Dec 2011)

In June 2020 she became a member of the ordinary general assembly of the Spanish Olympic Committee. In 2019 she and her coaches created an online course in order to encourage people to take up swimming. (, 12 Feb 2019;, 17 Jul 2019;, 30 Apr 2019;, 24 Jun 2020)