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Spain presents their most powerful team in a World Championships

July 18, 2013

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“Good team, great moral”, as once said by a famous football coach. The Spanish team that will take part in the 15th FINA World Championships is eager to get started and win some medals at Barcelona 2013. Today, after taking the official team photo on the Palau Sant Jordi podium, the 69 Spanish athletes have shared their dreams with journalists on the brink of the great event.

“To play at home, to swim at home, it will be amazing. Everyone is hoping that this extra strength that will come from the stands will reach us in the water and we´ll be able to achieve the highest number of medals”. This sentence could be heard on the lips of all the protagonists, willing the Championships to start as soon as possible so they can get over the nerves and concentrate on competing.

“I have a good feeling”, admitted Melanie Costa, World Champion in 200 metres short course last December. Her smile shows how much she is dying to get into the water. It was the same for Ona Carbonell, captain of the synchronised swimming team, who will take part in no less than thirteen performances. She is hoping to achieve a medal in the seven events that she will compete in at BCN2013: “It´s going to be tough, but I´m very motivated”.

Mirieia Belmonte also feels ready to face a marathon of events and hopes that she can at least repeat the two Olympic silver medals from last summer. “I got inspired at London 2012”, she explains. The same can be said for Erika Villaécija, the only Spaniard and one of the few competitors in BCN2013 that dares to double up in the swimming pool and in open water: “I did it in the Olympics and I´m going to do the same now, I´m convinced that I can be at the top”.

Diving Captain, Javier Illana, knows that he facing a great opportunity. “I´m really looking forward to enjoying this event with the public of Barcelona, especially as when I competed in 2003 pressure got the better of me”, commented the Madrilenian.

The Water Polo players also seemed convinced that playing in front of a home crowd was a motivating factor. Felipe Perrone, Guillermo Molina, Iñaki Aguilar and Xavi García (who took part in BCN2003) spoke of “knowing how to isolate the pressure and positively channel the heat from the stands”. The girls are as competitive as they are. Spain´s Olympic silver medallists, Jennifer Pareja, Anni Espar, Pili Peña, Roser Tarragó, etc are counting down the hours until their debut, next Sunday, against Holland. “Bring it on!” were the words that sum it up.

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