Teresa Perales wins her 27th medal in a Games with another silver from Spanish swimming. The national team’s most awarded Olympian is just one behind Michael Phelps’ record of 28. Núria Marqués also gets another second place for Spain in the 100 backstroke of the S9 class.
The swimmer Teresa Perales has won a historic medal for the Spanish team this morning. Depleted by an injury to her left shoulder, she won silver in the 50-meter backstroke , class S5. There are already 27 medals for Perales, who is only one behind the American Olympian Michael Phelps , who retired in 2016 .
Perales has recovered in record time from an injury that, a priori, made it very difficult for her to contest the medals and even enter the finals, but the last weeks of preparation at the Barcelona High Performance Center allowed her to improve mobility. on his left arm after his injury that occurred at the European Championship in Madeira last May.
The Aragonese, 2021 Princess of Asturias award winner , entered the final with the fourth best time in the qualifying series (44.54) and in the final she significantly improved that record to stop the clock at 43.02 , only behind China’s Dong Lu , which, with 37.18 , set a new world record . The bronze went to the Turkish Sevilay Ozturk .
Teresa Perales’ participation in these Tokyo Games is summarized in the silver medal achieved in the 50 backstroke and in two diplomas , one in the 4×50 mixed relay and the other in the 100-meter freestyle. With this he accumulates 27 medals in six Games , equaling the Brazilian swimmer Daniel Dias .
Another silver from Marquis
The Barcelona-born Núria Marqués also won the silver medal in the 100-meter backstroke event , in the S9 class for the physically disabled on this seventh day of competition at the Paralympic Games . Eight silvers accumulates Spanish swimming, adding the gold of Michelle Alonso .
Marqués , 22, repeats the same result that he achieved in Rio de Janeiro, where he also conquered second place. On this occasion, the Catalan swimmer stopped the clock at 1: 10.26 , only surpassed by the American Hannah Aspden , who registered 1: 09.22 to win the gold . The bronze went to the New Zealander Sophie Pascoe , world record holder of the event.
The young woman started swimming on the recommendation of doctors. He was born with a shorter left thighbone, and he had to strengthen his back. At the age of nine, Marqués began to compete with his club in championships for children without disabilities. In the hospital they tried to lengthen his femur through several operations but finally, for his comfort, they decided to amputate and put a prosthesis on him.
“I feel quite good. They have been very hard years that we have, especially this time of the pandemic. It has been difficult to maintain physically and psychologically more because you have had to sacrifice many things, even these last months that we have had to be away from the family, “said Marqués at the end of the test, which came with the second best mark of the year.