Mireia Belmonte

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Belmonte and the second or maternal family name is García.
Mireia Belmonte
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Personal information
Full name Mireia Belmonte García
National team  Spain
Born (1990-11-10) 10 November 1990 (age 26)
Badalona, Province of Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 60 kg (132 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle, Butterfly, Medley

Mireia Belmonte García (born 10 November 1990) is a Spanish competitive swimmer who specializes in medley, freestyle and butterfly events. She became the first Spanish woman to win an Olympic swimming gold medal when she won gold in the 200-meter butterfly at the 2016 Summer Olympics.[1] She currently holds five world records in short course events.

Swimming career[edit]

2006 Youth World Championships[edit]

At the 2006 FINA Youth World Championships, she was the Junior World Champion in 400 m freestyle and 400 m individual medley, and the Junior European Champion in 200 m freestyle and 400 m individual medley.

2007 European SC Championship[edit]

She achieved the 2nd place in 400 m individual medley in the 2007 European SC Championship with 4:31.06, just behind the Italian Alessia Filippi.This year she started to train with Carles Subirana.

2008 European Championship[edit]

On 21 March 2008, at the 2008 European LC Championships held in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, Belmonte won the women's 200 m individual medley breaking the European Championships record with the time of 2:11.16. She also reached the 8th place in the 400 m individual medley. In December 2008 at the European Short Course Swimming Championships 2008, Belmonte set the short-course world record for 400 m individual medley (4:25.06), bettering the 4:25.87 set by Julia Smit earlier in the year.

2010 FINA World Swimming Championships[edit]

In December 2010 she won three gold medals and a silver medal in the FINA Short Course World Championship.

2012 Summer Olympics[edit]

In August 2012 Belmonte won two silver medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London:[2] one in 200m butterfly and another one in 800m freestyle. She became the first Spanish swimmer to win two Olympic medals.

2012 Summer Olympics Events
Event Time Place
400m IM 4:35.62 8
400m Freestyle 4:08.23 13
200m IM 2:11.54 10
200m Butterfly 2:05.25 Silver
4 × 200 m Freestyle Relay 7:54.59 10
800m Freestyle 8:18.76 Silver

2013 FINA World Cup series[edit]

Belmonte posted a 7:59.34 in the 800 SCM Freestyle to become the first woman to ever break 8:00.[3] This was her first freestyle world record.[3]

2014 FINA World Championships[edit]

Belmonte won four individual gold medals and broke two world records:[4]

2016 Summer Olympics[edit]

Belmonte won gold in the women's 200m butterfly in Rio. She clocked in at 2:04.85, just 3 hundredths of a second ahead of the silver medalist, Australia swimmer Madeline Grove, who finished with the quickest time in the semifinal.[5] She was the first Spanish female swimmer to become an Olympic champion. Previously she had won a bronze medal in the 200m individual medley, behind Katinka Hosszu and Maya DiRado.

World Records[edit]

Event Time Date Place
200m butterfly (SC) 1:59.61 December 3, 2014 Doha, Qatar
400m freestyle (SC) 3:54.52 August 11, 2013 Berlin, Germany
800m freestyle (SC) 7:59.34 August 10, 2013 Berlin, Germany
1500m freestyle (SC) 15:19.71 December 12, 2014 Sabadell, Spain

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External links[edit]

Preceded by

Julia Smit
Katinka Hosszú
Women's 400 metres individual medley
world record holder (short course)

December 14, 2008 – November 22, 2009
December 3, 2014 – December 2, 2015
Succeeded by

Kathryn Meaklim
Katinka Hosszú
Preceded by
Camille Muffat
Women's 400 metre freestyle
world record holder (short course)

11 August 2013 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Camille Muffat
Women's 800 metre freestyle
world record holder (short course)

10 August 2013 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by

Lotte Friis
Lauren Boyle
Women's 1500 metre freestyle
world record holder (short course)

November 29, 2013 – August 9, 2014
December 12, 2014 – present
Succeeded by

Lauren Boyle
Preceded by
Liu Zige
Women's 200 metres butterfly
world record holder (short course)

3 December 2014 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Marina Alabau
Spanish Sportswoman of the Year
Succeeded by
Carolina Marín