Spanish water polo aims to lift two metals in Tokyo
The current European champion and world runner-up, Miki Oka, opened the tournament by defeating South Africa (29-4) led by young Elena Ruiz.
The men’s team arrives in Japan with a combined kit and options to conquer a quarter of the block and repeat the success of 25 years ago in Atlanta
Spain have been planted in JJOO from like like 4th most represented country in team sports With 9 teams, just behind Australia (11), the US (10), and Japan, which are filling in as hosts. Luck in the medal table can be linked to the success of team sports, and there are undoubtedly many hopes placed in billiards, in ، Water polo Which has been a guarantee for years.
In both the male and female category, Spain He hasn’t been out of the podium in the last three international competitions. both together Runner-up in the 2019 World Cup in KoreaAnd they played metal in Europe 2018, especially in 2020, where they played in Father Mickey gold and that David Martin silver. In both cases, Spain is grown in Tokyo with Already uniform block But that has been added to it youth drops Which promises great joys.
With all the Balkans
The postponement of the Olympics due to the epidemic has led to it being played fairly 25 years after the Spanish team touched the sky with gold in Atlanta-96 Led by Manel Estiarty. What better time to return to at least one Olympic podium that has been so elusive in the past five dates. “We are ready and we are coming to fight for a medal. The important game is the quarter-finals, the game that will have you competing for the win,” he warns. Alberto Munnarez.
The Navarre player, who was already at Rio 2016, knows very well that this crossover is key. In it, Spain left out options for medals in the last four Olympics, always falling to the Balkan teams. every one of them (Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro) is framed this time in the Spain collection, which also includes Australia NS Kazakhstan. The top four will advance to the quarter-finals.
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“For a few years the team was change in mentality. We were able to compete with all those forces,” celebrates Munarez, one of the members 10 players from Atletico Barceloneta That almost won Martin’s appeal. We must add to the Unai Aguirre, Age: 19 Next year he will play in the sailors’ team. The young goalkeeper is a novelty in a list led by another goalkeeper, Dani Lopez Pinedo, 41. Twenty-two years separate the two. Felipe Peroni NS Play Malarache Others are the resistance of the eighties.
“We all want an Olympic gold, that’s the idea. There Set of 6 or 7 picks with a medal option. If we perform at our best level, we will have possibilities, “analyses David Martin, who does not see that the first stage is easy, which begins on Sunday (11.20 hours).” First we have to do it. Serbia, the most experienced Olympic champion. But then Montenegro… All matches will be a real battleIncluding Barcelona’s Xavi Garcia match against Croatia.
The opening of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is different but very special from the team. ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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– ESP Women’s Selection WP (SpainWpFem) 24 July 2021
the “Warriors of Water”For their part, they are also dreaming of what will be their first Olympic gold. In 2012, the first time the Olympic program included women’s water polo (the guy entered in 1920), the Mickey Oka girls already stuck a silver medal and in London could only take fifth place. Olympic is The only lost gold To a group (for players, because Oka already won it in Atlanta) that arrives at the moment European champion and runner-up in the world.
“We started from scratch, What we did doesn’t count as anything. pressure? There is for everyone, everyone wants to win”, says the coach, Renovated as David Martin until 2024. The Madrid coach got the same set of deadlines as well as merging the young woman Elena Ruiz, only 16 years old, on Saturday, with Five goals, was the most distinguished A landslide victory over South Africa (29-4). With which Spain began its journey. Canada, Australia and the Netherlands have completed only one set of which will remain outside the quarter-finals.
will carry it Laura Esther, Present at all of Spain’s successes since the 2008 World Cup in Malaga, he leads a group for which there is no shortage of references: Ana Esper, Billy Peña, Pia Ortiz, Roser Tarago, Mica Garcia… CN Sabadell buoy (the only one left unmarked against South Africa) is clearly The biggest candidate is the United States. “They have been locked up in their country for two years while preparing for the Games, while we have obligations with the clubs. That year of preparation is an advantage,” he analyzes, although it doesn’t take anything for granted: “You can tell the difference when playing against them, but everyone has They play bad matches, and we also have very good matches. Of course they can be defeated. I beat them once, in 2013, and we got world gold.”
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