Ona Carbonell jumped on Saturday the pool of the Tokyo aquatic center one year after its motherhood. She did it to lead the Spanish swimming team synchronized in an exercise at the compass of the guitar of the composer Juan Manuel Cañizares. Flamenco arrived in Japan in the technical routine test. But she did not convince the judges, who gave a score of 90,3780, far from 97,2979 that pushed first to the Russian Olympic Committee.
Four days ago, in the debut of the synchronized, the Spanish duo formed by Iris Tió and Alisa Ozhina could not overcome the ninth place in free routine. On Tuesday, Tió and Ozhina, characterized as baseball players, with the great voice of Tina Turner of accompaniment, did not go from the eleventh position in the round of technical routines. Time ago, in Beijing 2008, Gemma Mengual and Andrea Fuentes achieved silver in the same exercise.
The level of Spanish artistic swimming is neither the shadow of past glories. A young generation, with the exception of Ona Carbonell, has taken over. But they do not have the same brightness in the pool. Far there is that first Olympic metal of 2008, in which it was Carbonell, then indicated as a mergual successor.
The two Olympic Games in which Spain got three medals had something in common: the coach was Catalan Anna Tarrés. In September 2012, the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation dismissed the coach, who later fell into disgrace when 15 swimmers signed the letter denouncing a vejatory treatment. "Outside the fat water, go to the psychologist!" It was one of the phrases of Tarres exposed in the letter.
From the Tarrés exit of the team, which is now trained to the Greece's selection, synchronized girls have not returned to compete at the same level in Olympic Games. There is the Mirror of Rio 2016, when Gemma Mengual, who returned to the competition after almost four years withdrawn, made pineapple with Ona Carbonell to fight for a medal that she never arrived. The team stayed out in the team test after finishing fifths in the pre-oolympic.
In Tokyo, the Spanish have never been favorite. They have in their favor that they are a young group. But future expectations for Paris 2024 are not the best.Updated Date: 07 August 2021, 02:35