Knocked By Injury, Mireia Belmonte May Sacrifice Kazan To Save Her Best For Rio 2016

Mireia Belmonte, by Patrick B. Kraemer

On Thursday, Mireia Belmonte will undergo final medical checks on her injured shoulders to determine whether she will race at world titles this year. Says the Spanish ace: “If I sacrifice these worlds, it will be for the best for Rio”

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On Thursday, Mireia Belmonte will undergo final medical checks on her injured shoulders to determine whether she will race at world titles this year. Says the Spanish ace: “If I sacrifice these worlds, it will be for the best for Rio”

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aswimfan

I’ve been saying this repeatedly since 2011 like a broken record : if only Belmonte limit her events to 2 events, she would have won a major title (Olympics, LCM worlds) by now. She did surprise me with her two Olympics medals though.

But instead of editing her events, she added open water! It’s not like 200/400 IM, 200 fly, 400/800 free is punishment enough! This decision really baffled me.
When you pushed your body to training such extraordinary tests and range, injuries bound to happen of course.

Eugene

🙁

Bad Anon

Perhaps she could consider a schedule that wont be as demanding on her shoulder, perhaps attempt 400/800free and drop 200fly/200IM /400IM.

Bad Anon

And be a bit conservative in the heats 4.05low in the 400free, 8.24 800free ,she’ll be a contender for silver in the middle distance freestyle that’s for sure. 200fly/200IM 3rounds) not a good idea 🙁

KeithM

The Injury goblins have been out in force this year. I hope next year is a different story.

aswimfan

Juan Perez, it seems you know much about Spanish swimming and Belmonte. Can you please shed light on what motivates Mireia to add OW events to her already nightmarish pool schedule?

Craig Lord

aswimfan, Fred Vergnoux and Mireia spoke about a transition phase between Games – the open water events are there in part as training/swimming in open water very useful for things beyond the pure endurance of it all (Dana Vollmer, the water whisperer etc); and they had a plan to swim all events – all options open – on the way to Olympic year, when decisions would then be made on podium targets. Juan Perez may have his own opinions on that.

for33

In recent years Ms. Belmonte has shown remarkable progress in her times as well as success in pool racing. Aside from her current physical problems, training and competition in open waters have not made Ms. Belmonte’s performances in the swimming pool appear stagnant.

This does not seem to be the case for other swimmers. While I’m not an expert, the cases of Jarrod Poort of Australia and Rebecca Mann from the US seem to be quite different. They have made very little progress in their swimming pool careers of late.

zaldine laxa

What the heck?! More injuries. Kazan will be boring of the top contenders are dropping like flies.

aswimfan

Kazan Kurse Kontinues….

Ger

Tamás Kenderesi also withdrawn: Health issues

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