As the COVID-19 pandemic steadily progresses in the nation, Spain’s governing body for swimming is contributing to the fight against the epidemic by way of providing the nation’s Health Ministry with a possible alternative that could keep the contagion from spreading.
Hypoxia is a technique widely used in elite sports due to its ability to accelerate the recovery time of athletes, although the technique has long been used in hospitals as a therapy for patients who suffer from respiratory conditions.
These generators are usually located at the Sant Cugat del Vallés High-Performance Center in the Spanish province of Barcelona, where a great majority of Spain’s national swimming team trains, including the reigning 200-butterfly Olympic champion Mireia Belmonte.
Mireia Belmonte was slated to vie for a spot on her 4th straight Olympic squad, which has been rescheduled to start July 23 and come to a close on Aug. 8, 2021. Belmonte currently holds top 10 world rankings this season in four events; the 400 free (5th), 800 free (4th), 1500 free (9th), and the 400 IM (4th). With these rankings, and several more nation-leading times this season she will have a clear shot at the team, along with several potential podium finishes.
Belmonte would have been joined by many other of Spain’s top swimmers including the rest of the 9-athlete roster who represented Spain at last year’s World Champs:
|Mireia Belmonte||UCAM Fuensanta||400/800/1500 freestyle, 200/400 IM, 200 butterfly|
|Marina Garcia||CN Sabadell||100/200 breaststroke|
|Lidon Munoz||CN Sant Andreu||50/100 freestyle|
|Jimena Perez||CN Gredos San Diego||800/1500 freestyle, 400 IM|
|Jessica Vall||CN Sant Andreu||50/100/200 breaststroke|
|Africa Zamorano||CN Sant Andreu||100/200 backstroke|
|Hugo Gonzalez||Real Canoe||100/200 backstroke, 200 IM|
|Juan Francisco Segura||Real Canoe||50/100 backstroke|
|Joan Lluis Pons||CN Sant Andreu||200 butterfly, 400 IM|