Belmonte A Spanish Pioneer: 7:59 WR 800 s/c Free

Mireia Belmonte - the first Spanish woman to hold a world swimming record [photo: Patrick B Kraemer]

A triple world short-course champion in December 2010, Mireia Belmonte (ESP) has proven her status in the little pool but today in the opening final at the Berlin round of the 2013 FINA World Cup, she stepped up a class: in 7:59.34, she became the first Spanish woman ever to hold a world swimming record without the need of an asterisk, the time a pioneering push below the 8-min mark

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A triple world short-course champion in December 2010, Mireia Belmonte (ESP) has proven her status in the little pool but today in the opening final at the Berlin round of the 2013 FINA World Cup, she stepped up a class: in 7:59.34, she became the first Spanish woman ever to hold a world swimming record without the need of an asterisk, the time a pioneering push below the 8-min mark

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Lennart van Haaften

Belmonte already held the 400 IM SC WR in 2008/09, but she could still be the first Spanish WR holder with that effort.

Lennart van Haaften

No, Nina Zhivanevskaya held the 50 back LC WR before that.

Craig Lord

True … but far too many asterisks all over the place. Mireia today became the first Spanish woman to hold a world record without the need of asterisk and explanation… that’s the best we can hope for for swimming.

SwimFanFinland

As far as I know Muffat was in excellent shape when she posted her world record. This really is a remarkable performance by Mireia. This came at a good moment as Spanish media likely reports Mireia’s achievement more comprehensively now than “normally” and it’s always good for swimming :).

I hope Muffat get some motivation because of losing her record.

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