“I feel I can face the TOP 3” » Crónica Viva

Carolina Marín, Olympic champion from Huelva at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (JJ. OO.) and three-time world champion, is “much better” for the Badminton Spain Masters, after recovering from the viral process for which she withdrew from the All England and the Swiss Open.

“I feel that I can face the TOP 3,” said Marín, referring to the knee injury that prevented him from participating in the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

The athlete explained that the mental part was hard, having to bear the load demanded by the team and the pain that prevented her from training.

“Since December we have done everything possible and finally I have no pain. Now I live badminton in a different way, I carry all the load, and I feel more competitive than before, ”she added.

The Spanish will take up the racket again at the Badminton Spain Masters at the Gallur Municipal Sports Center (Madrid), where she was crowned champion of her sixth European title in 2022, after losing two championships due to illness.

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“I am more excited than nervous, there are still days and training sessions. This tournament is special, the fact that people want to come and watch badminton makes me feel proud to bring this hobby to my country”.

Marín will receive the Danish Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt on Wednesday in the Madrid Spain Masters, although her main rival on her way to the medal is the Indian Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, whom she beat in the Rio 2016 final.

“Sometimes it is necessary to give up many things, and that is a step that we athletes have to take to achieve success. I have had to reject many plans, I would love to see my family more, it is sacrificed, but I feel lucky because I have seen all the sacrifice rewarded with titles”, confessed the Huelva Olympic champion.

Carolina, who has gone through two injuries, says she feels competitive and with the goal of winning at the JJ. oh. The athlete is a benchmark for badminton in Spain and globally.

“It’s a pride for me. When I was little I would go to China and I would meet people playing badminton on the street. It was my illusion to try to achieve the same in my country, and now I have achieved it, ”she declared.

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