Sunday, December 5

Teresa Perales stays at the gates of Phelps’s record in Tokyo


  • The Aragonese swimmer suffered from her injury during the last relay and closed her participation in the Olympic event with a diploma (5th)

  • The bronzes of Gascón and Fernández add 32 Paralympic medals in these Games, surpassing the mark of Rio 2016

It could not be. The swimmer Teresa Perales had the last chance at these Games to equal Michael Phelps’ record of 28 medals, but had to settle for the Paralympic diploma in the relay final The 4x100m. To reach the American mark, the Spanish team had to be in the top three. Difficult feat to compete against great powers like USA, the Russian Olympic Committee, porcelain OR Britain, exaggerated protagonists of the medal table.

The fifth position of Nuria Marqués, You will be gascon, Isabel Yinghua and Teresa Perales (5: 04.58) left the Aragonese, who was already silver in the 50s, at the gates of Paralympic glory. You will have to wait until Paris 2024, where he will have turned 48: “My husband reminds me that by then it will be 20 years since we got engaged, precisely in Paris“, Perales commented after the end of the relay.

The Spanish were in good position for most of the test, fighting for a podium that would have been historic for the fourth relay of Teresa. But her shoulder injury took its toll on her in the final meters, where she was seen suffering in favor of the treble. USA-Russia-Australia. Also there were the British, current holders of the world record, who could with Perales and finished in fourth position.

Finally who will have a chance to beat the record holder Phelps will be your compatriot Jessica Long, who attended these Games with 23 medals and with today’s gold adds the fifth in Tokyo, waiting for the 100th butterfly tomorrow. The COR took one the pay tight and Australia it was bronze.

A day of optimism for Spanish athletes in the general classification, with two bronzes of You will be gascon and Marta Fernandez in the pools of Such that allow the Spanish delegation overcome the 31 Rio 2016 medals. The trend indicated that since Barcelona’92, Spain I was losing more and more medals on the Olympic road. But this year this situation has been reversed, with the swimming spearheading success with 14 metals (2 golds, 9 silvers and 2 bronzes).

Gascón, bronze in 100 butterfly

The Barcelona swimmer You will be gascon, before jumping to the final of the 4x100m, he conquered the bronze medal in the 100 butterfly, class 9 physically disabled, and added his second medal at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo after silver in the 100-meter freestyle achieved a few days ago.

Gascon, who participates in their rooms Games, sealed his double in Tokyo, endorsing the good moment so that he lives at 28 years old. The final was won by the Hungarian Zsofia Konkoly, who stopped the clock in a time of 1: 06.55, ahead of the American Elizabeth smith (1: 08.22), which was silver, and the Spanish You will be gascon (1: 08.43).

“It was a test that in recent years it was difficult for me to compete for fast rhythms and I had not prepared it because my clearest options were in free practice. All athletes give 120% and thanks to that I have been able to take the bronze,” he said You will be, at the end of the test. The Catalan, who already has six Paralympic medals, acknowledged that her championship has been “ten” and did not want to set the appointment of Paris 2024. “I hope I am but we are going step by step,” he wished.

Fernández, bronze in 50 free

Also in the pools, Marta Fernandez sealed his triplet of medals by conquering the bronze in the 50 meters freestyle, S4 class of cerebral palsy, adding to its collection of colorful metals in Tokyo 2020: he won gold in breaststroke and silver in butterfly. The 27-year-old from Burgos made her international debut this season and passed the international classification on British soil that allowed her to receive classes S4, SB3 (for breaststroke) and SM4 (for styles) to be in Japan.

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“The race went well. This test was tough but I’m very happy. Everything that’s happening is being crazy and I’m really enjoying the experience,” confessed Fernández, who with his podium he secured the 32 Spanish medals, missing three days of competition to increase the record.




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