Mireia Belmonte

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Mireia Belmonte Garcia

Born Nov. 10, 1990 Mireia Belmonte Garcia is a versatile Spanish swimmer, specializing in freestyle, IM and butterfly. Born in Barcelona Garcia was already swimming competitively by the age of 5. Within her swimming career she’s broken five World Records in short course swimming, and has broken numerous Spanish records in events including the 1500m freestyle, 200m butterfly, 200m IM, 400m IM, 200m breaststroke, 100m IM, 100m breaststroke, and the 800m freestyle – eve breaking some of these records more than five times in her career.

Junior career

2005 marked Garcia’s first year of international competition. She participated in the 2005 European Junior Championships, having a good performance considering it was her first major meet. In August 2006 Garcia swam at the Junior World Championships held in Brazil, where she became the Junior World Champion in the 400m freestyle and 400m IM. After she won two European Junior Championships titles in the 200m freestyle and 400m IM, Garcia was pulled up to the senior team for the first time.

Mireia Belmonte Garcia  (Photo Credit Victor Puig, victorpuig.com)

Best Spanish swimmer in history

Garcia’s regarded as the best Spanish swimmer in history when she became the only Spanish swimmer ever to win two medals in one Olympics – that same year she was awarded the World Sports Award for Best Spanish Athlete in 2012. Garcia has multiple sponsors, including Speedo, and one of her official suppliers is Nike. Due to her success in the pool, Garcia received the distinction of the Government, the “Royal Order of Sporting Merit 2013.”

Senior debut 2007-2008

Garcia participated in her first World Championships in 2007’s Melbourne Championships – she swam the 400m IM, 200m butterfly and 200m IM. By 2008 Garcia had won her first European Championship medal in the 400m IM, which was also a new Spanish Short Course Record. At the Long Course European Championships later that year in Eindhoven, Garcia got the gold in the 200m IM and the bronze in the 200m butterfly – she broke the Spanish Record in both events.

2011 World Championships

By 2010 she was on a roll – At the World Short Course Championships in Dubai Garcia won three gold medals in the 200m butterfly in addition to the 200m and 400m IMs and her silver medal in the 800m freestyle. She then swam at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, setting the world’s fourth-fastest time in the 400m freestyle.

London Olympics

At the 2012 London Olympics Garcia won two silver medals in the 200m butterfly and the 800m freestyle. Her achievements made Spanish history, and it titled her as Spain’s best swimmer in history. Garcia is only the fifth Spanish swimmer in history to win a medal in the Olympic Games.

200 butterfly winners, 2013 FINA Worlds (Photo Credit Victor Puig, victorpuig.com)

2013 World Championships

After the Olympics, Garcia took a small break, but she was right back at it in time for the World Championships in Barcelona. She won the bronze medal in the 200m freestyle, silver in the 200 butterfly and the 400m IM.

Golden Girl

Garcia put on a show at the 2014 World Short Course Championships in Qatar. Just on the first night alone, she won two gold medals in the 200m butterfly and the 400m IM, beating the Female Swimmer of the Year, Katinka Hosszu, with come-from-behind swims. Her time in the 200m butterfly was a new World Record, and the first under two-minutes. Garcia is among the world’s fastest 400m freestyle swimmers in 2015.

2016 Rio Olympics

Belmonte – 2016 Olympics/credit Castrovillari

Garcia finished second behind Hosszu in the heats of the 400M Individual Medley and puts her in contention to make the podium in the finals.

Garcia came on strong at the end of the 400M Individual Medley but did not have enough to catch runner up, Maya DiRado. Garcia finished third, winning the bronze medal with a time of 4:32.39.

Garcia won gold in the 200M Butterfly with a time of 2:04.85 just three one hundredths of a second ahead of silver medalist Madeline Groves of Australia, and .35 seconds ahead of bronze medalist Natsumi Hoshi of Japan.

2017 FINA World Championships

Simona Quadarella, Mireia Belmonte 2017 World Championships Budapest, Hungary (photo: Mike Lewis)

Day three of World Championships, Belmonte finished 19 seconds  after Katie Ledecky in the 1500m freestyle to win the sliver in 15:50.89, a new Spanish record. The 200m fly Olympic champion wasn’t able to compete at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan due to a shoulder injury, so the race was a redemption of sorts for the national record holder.

Day five of competition in the 200m butterfly final, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu set the pace on the front half, leading with a 1:00.41 at the 100-mark.  Olympic Champion Belmonte made a comeback on the 3rd 50 and held off a blistering 32.23 final split from Germany’s Franziska Hentke. At the finish, Belmonte got her hands to the wall first, touching in 2:05.26 to Hentke’s 2:05.39 to give the Spanish their first ever Worlds title in this event. Hosszu held on for 3rd in 2:06.02.

Day eight in the final of the 400m IM, Belmonte won silver with a 4:32.17.  Katinka Hosszu of Hungary won the gold in 4:29.33.  Canadian Sydney Pickrem claimed the bronze in 4:32.88.

International Medals

Place Event Year Meet
Silver 400 I.M. 2017 World Championships
Gold 200 Fly 2017 World Championships
Silver 1500 Free 2017 World Championships
Silver 800 Free 2012 Olympic Games
Silver 200 Fly 2012 Olympic Games
Silver 200 Fly 2013 World Championships
Silver 200 I.M. 2013 World Championships
Bronze 200 I.M. 2013 World Championships
Gold 200 Fly 2010 Short Course World Championships
Gold 200 I.M. 2010 Short Course World Championships
Gold 400 I.M. 2010 Short Course World Championships
Gold 200 Fly 2014 Short Course World Championships
Gold 400 I.M. 2014 Short Course World Championships
Gold 400 Free 2014 Short Course World Championships
Gold 800 Free 2014 Short Course World Championships
Silver 200 I.M. 2008 Short Course World Championships
Silver 800 Free 2010 Short Course World Championships
Bronze 400 I.M. 2008 Short Course World Championships
Gold 200 I.M. 2008 European Championships
Gold 1500 Free 2012 European Championships
Gold 200 Fly 2014 European Championships
Gold 1500 Free 2014 European Championships
Silver 400 Free 2012 European Championships
Silver 400 I.M. 2014 European Championships
Silver 800 Free 2014 European Championships
Bronze 200 Fly 2008 European Championships
Bronze 400 Free 2014 European Championships
Gold 400 I.M. 2008
Gold 400 Free 2011
Gold 200 Fly 2011
Gold 200 I.M. 2011
Gold 400 I.M. 2011
Gold 400 Free 2013
Gold 800 Free 2013
Gold 200 Fly 2013
Gold 400 I.M. 2013
Silver 400 I.M. 2007
Silver 400 I.M. 2009
Gold 200 Fly 2016 Olympic Games
Bronze 400 I.M. 2016 Olympic Games

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
lcm 200 Free 1:57.58 03/29/12 2012 Spanish Open National Championships
Malaga, Spain
lcm 400 Free 4:03.84 04/10/14 2014 Spanish Open National Championships
Malaga, Spain
lcm 800 Free 8:18.76 07/28/12 2012 Olympic Games
London, England
lcm 1500 Free 15:57.29 08/18/14 2014 European Championships
Berlin, Germany
lcm 200 Fly 2:04.78 07/27/13 2013 FINA World Championships
Barcelona, Spain
lcm 200 IM 2:09.45 07/30/13 2013 FINA World Championships
Barcelona, Spain
lcm 400 IM 4:31.21 07/28/13 2013 FINA World Championships
Barcelona, Spain
LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships 2013, Finals. Mireia Belmonte Garcia, ESP, Jubler efter at have vundet finale i 400m Medley (courtesy of Jesper Nielsen | www.sttfoto.dk) Mireia Belmonte Garcia, Katinka Hosszu, Elizabeth Beisel, women's 400 IM final, 2013 FINA World Championships (Photo Credit: Victor Puig) Katinka Hosszu, 400 IM prelim, 2013 FINA World Championships (Photo Credit: Victor Puig) 200 butterfly winners, 2013 FINA Worlds (Photo Credit Victor Puig, victorpuig.com) Mireia BELMONTE GARCIA, 2013 FINA World Championships (Photo Credit: Victor Puig, victorpuig.com) Mireia Belmonte Garcia (Photo Credit Victor Puig, victorpuig.com) 200 IM winners Alicia Coutts (AUS silver) Katinka Hosszu (HUN gold) Mireia Belmonte-Garcia (Spain Bronze) , 2013 FINA World Championships (Photo Credit: Victor Puig, victorpuig.com)