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Spain has high hopes for Requena

July 19, 2013
Yurema Requena

Yurema Requena

After missing the FINA World Championships in Shanghai 2011 and the London 2012 Olympics, Yurema Requena will be representing Spain again in open water swimming in a high level competition. And she is doing it again in the Catalan capital where she made her World Championship debut ten years ago.

Yurema Requena is one of the eleven athletes that have survived in elite world-level swimming from Barcelona 2003. On that occasion, she took a sixth place in the 5 km event in open water. In Barcelona 2013 she will compete in both 5 and 10 km, her favourite event. “I´m going to give all that I can in both events. The 10 km has always gone a bit better for me, the 5 km always seems a bit short, but I´m not discounting anything”.

This will be the swimmers fifth FINA World Championships. She is currently training with Ricardo Franch. The long-distance swimmer from CN Villarreal has not forgotten her World Championship debut in Barcelona a decade ago. “It was my first World Championships and it had an impact. When you compete overseas you don’t get much media attention, and your family and friends are not there either, so it’s not as intense. In Barcelona 2003 I was sixth in the 5k, not a bad start in a major world cup. My goal is either to repeat that or better it. ”

Known as ‘Yure’ among her team-mates, the swimmer does not think that her absence in London and Shanghai will make her any less competitive. “I’ve been swimming in open waters for the last 12 years, but you can’t always be at your best. I didn’t qualify for Shanghai 2011 or London 2012, but I’m really happy I made it into BCN2013, and I’ll try to swim at my very best.”

Yurema Requena is one of the most successful Spanish open water swimmers of all time. She was the first woman to win a medal in this discipline in a World Cup (bronze in 10 k in Seville 2008) and in doing it in less than two hours (1:59.07 in 2009). She was fourth in Rome 2009 in the 5 k, finishing just five seconds behind the bronze medal winner.

At 29, Yurema is vice president of the club she swims for, the Villarreal CN, and the municipal pool of Vila-real has been named after her.

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