The Spanish swimmer Mireia Belmonte He went today to the 200 meter butterfly semifinals in the Gwangju (South Korea) swimming world championship by finishing 16th in the preliminary round played today.
The 28-year-old athlete, who came sixth in her series, the fourth, made a time of 2: 10.63, to 4.67 of the champion of the preliminary, the American Hali Flickinger.
Belmonte it was an olympic gold medal in that category in Rio 2016, which made her the first Spanish swimmer to get that award. It was also a gold medal in 200 butterfly in the previous World Cup, played in Budapest.
Hali Flickinger, first classified in the preliminary round, made a record of 2: 05.96. Second was Hungarian Boglarka Kapas (2: 07.60) and third also Hungarian Liliana Szilagyi (2: 08.16).
The Spanish swimmer participated on Tuesday in the 1,500 meter final, where she was eighth and last. Initially it had been classified as a reserve for that test, but with the sick leave of the favorite, the American Katie Ledecky, joined the group.
He said at the end of that race, thanks to his participation in the last test of the 1,500 he had "broken the ice" of the finals, with a view to his main specialty, the 200 meters butterfly.
The semifinals of that category will be played today and the final this Thursday.
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