Spain yesterday achieved its first medal in the Swimming Worldthat is disputed these days in Gwangju (South Korea). He captured it Ona Carbonell, the safest bet, which added one more silver to its twenty previous World Cup podiums. A milestone that allows him to overcome Gemma Mengual (20 metals in total) and become the queen of Spanish artistic swimming, which aims to reach Tokyo 2020 with options to extend its legend.
After the Rio Games, Ona Carbonell needed to cleanse the mind. Move away from the pool to gain momentum. He decided to take a sabbatical year before starting to prepare for this World Cup, where he returned to the podium yesterday. The Catalan one moved away of the water of radical form, enrolling in a televising adventure (Masterchef) of which also left victorious. Ona does not know how to attack a project without leaving her heart, unable to do things at half gas. Therefore, when he returned to the water, he did it at full capacity, although the results did not accompany him.
In the World Series of Paris and Tokyo -where she participated with the routine that had made her runner-up in the world in 2017- she was overtaken by one of the rivals who had usually been behind, which made her change course. Risk and bet on innovation. The identity sign of the Spanish artistic swimming throughout its history. The Spaniard then engaged in a search for inspiration that took a long time to arrive. I wanted something truly new. Something that broke the molds and he found it in the figure of Nelson Mandela. A speech by the South African leader at the Laureus Awards in 2000 became the theme of his new routine. The words instead of the music. The never seen.
An innovative routine
Ona asked for help from her lifelong producer, Salvador Niebla, who put the arrangements to the speech in which Mandela highlighted the power of sport to change the world. The rest was owned by Carbonell and Mayuko Fujiki, the brain of the selection. Your coach and friend The exercise was so risky that neither of them knew what could happen when he jumped into the pool.
Good feelings in the preliminaries on Friday reassured Carbonell, who yesterday left ready to regain her place on the podium. He did it with the perfection and strength that usually. Captivating the judges and the public. «Nelson Mandela, from wherever he is, has helped me. It has been exciting to swim it. I think it is wise to try to innovate, even if it was risky. It was a good choice, "explained the swimmer after learning the result of his exercise (92.5002), just behind the Russian Svetlana Kolesnichenko (95.0023 points) and ahead of the Japanese Yukiko Inui (92.3084).
On the podium, radiant, Carbonell received the silver from the hands of one of Mandela's own friends. «I can not believe it! It is my seventh consecutive world and in all winning medals. They are 21 world medals. And with a very risky, very innovative, very different and having been able to train very little this year alone because we have focused the objectives on the duos and the team, which are the Olympic routines, "recognized the Spanish, which aims to win the Wednesday another metal in the final of only free.
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