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Jessica VALL
Sport Swimming
NOC Spain   
GenderWomen
Born22 Nov 1988 in Barcelona, ESP
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Husband Alberto
Residence
Barcelona, ESP
Occupation
Athlete, Science Professional
Languages
Catalan, Spanish
Higher education
Biomedical Science - Pompeu Fabra University: Barcelona, ESP
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age three. At age six she enrolled in a swimming club in Barcelona, Spain.
Why this sport?
She and her parents were advised by a coach to do a trial at a swimming club. "I was so nervous. I was told to swim the four strokes but I didn't even know that butterfly stroke actually existed. Once the test was over, my soon to be coach, Pilar Plaja, told us I had received a grant to be a member of the Club de Natacio Catalunya team."
Club / Team
CN Sant Andreu: Barcelona, ESP
Name of coach
Jordi Jou [club], ESP
General Interest
Nicknames
Jessi, Xess, Ranita [Little frog]. (sport.es, 15 Jan 2019; mundodeportivo.com, 07 Aug 2015)
Hobbies
Supporting Spanish football club Barcelona. (mundodeportivo.com, 24 Nov 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games. (Instagram profile, 19 May 2021)
Hero / Idol
Danish swimmer Rikke Moller Pedersen. (elperiodico.com, 11 Aug 2015)
Injuries
She sustained a foot injury in 2019. (rtve.es, 10 Jul 2019)
Awards and honours
She received the 2018 Female Spanish Swimmer of the Year award from the website SwimSwam in its Swammy Awards. (swimswam.com, 02 Jan 2019)

She was named the 2018 Female Athlete of the Year in Catalonia by the Sports Federations Union of Catalonia and the Barcelona-based 'Sport' newspaper in Spain. (jessicavall.com, 17 Jan 2019; sport.es, 15 Jan 2019)

In 2018 she received the Extraordinary Champions award from the Spanish sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo. (mundodeportivo.com, 27 Oct 2018)
Other information
FAMILY PLANS
After the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, she revealed that she hopes to start a family before returning to compete in the sport at international level again. "I want to come back after becoming a mother. I know that maybe I won't have the performance to go to the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, but I would like to return to the national team, and compete at a European championships and the national championships. [I want female] swimmers to have a model of someone who decided to become a mother and returned to high performance sport." (as.com, 02 Nov 2021)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She took a break from her swimming career for five years to focus on her biology studies at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain. She has since studied for a master's degree in bioethics at the San Antonio Catholic University of Murcia [UCAM] in Spain. (sport.es, 15 Jan 2019; Twitter profile, 02 Jun 2016; cope.es, 07 Aug 2015; elmundo.es, 07 Aug 2015)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
18 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Breaststroke 1:07.07
13 2021 Tokyo, JPN 200m Breaststroke 2:24.87
16 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:04.14
Semifinal 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Breaststroke 1:07.55
Semifinal 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Breaststroke 2:24.22
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
17 2022 Budapest, HUN 200m Breaststroke 2:28.08
Heats 2022 Budapest, HUN 100m Breaststroke 1:08.38
Heats 2022 Budapest, HUN 50m Breaststroke 31.92
Semifinal 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Breaststroke 2:28.11
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Breaststroke 31.58
Semifinal 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Breaststroke 1:07.46
8 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Breaststroke 2:23.29
7 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Breaststroke 1:06.95
Semifinal 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Breaststroke 1:08.02
3 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Breaststroke 2:22.76
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Semifinal 2013 Barcelona, ESP 200m Breaststroke 2:27.00
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 50m Breaststroke 31.77
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 100m Individual Medley 1:02.04
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 200m Breaststroke  DNS
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 50m Breaststroke 30.56
Semifinal 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 100m Breaststroke 1:05.80
5 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 200m Breaststroke 2:19.37
Semifinal 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 100m Breaststroke 1:05.27
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 50m Breaststroke 30.88
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 100m Individual Medley 1:01.79
13 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 200m Breaststroke 2:23.34 
19 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Individual Medley 1:01.73 
Heats 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Breaststroke 1:06.63
Heats 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 50m Breaststroke 31.17
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Breaststroke 1:06.22
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Breaststroke 31.28
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Breaststroke 2:21.66
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
  2022 Rome, ITA 200m Breaststroke  
10 2022 Rome, ITA 100m Breaststroke 1:07.86
8 2021 Budapest, HUN 200m Breaststroke 2:25.84
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 50m Breaststroke 32.05
Semifinal 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Breaststroke 1:06.93
8 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:49.90
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
4 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Breaststroke 1:06.98
2 2018 Glasgow, SCO 200m Breaststroke 2:23.02
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 50m Breaststroke 31.86
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
2 2016 London, ENG 200m Breaststroke 2:22.56
Heats 2016 London, ENG 50m Breaststroke 32.14
3 2014 Berlin, GER 200m Breaststroke 2:24.08
4 2014 Berlin, GER 100m Breaststroke 1:07.51
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 50m Breaststroke 31.99
7 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:02.84
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2021 Kazan, RUS 200m Breaststroke 2:20.06
Semifinal 2021 Kazan, RUS 50m Breaststroke 30.56
Semifinal 2021 Kazan, RUS 100m Breaststroke 1:05.30
Heats 2021 Kazan, RUS 4 x 50m Medley Relay  
3 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Breaststroke 1:04.80
Semifinal 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 50m Breaststroke 30.68
1 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 200m Breaststroke 2:18.41
Semifinals 2013 Herning, DEN 50m Breaststroke 31.35
6 2013 Herning, DEN 200m Breaststroke 2:23.21
Semifinals 2013 Herning, DEN 100m Breaststroke 1:07.07
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2019 Berlin, GER 200m Breaststroke 2:27.14
1 2019 Berlin, GER 100m Breaststroke 1:07.76
4 2019 Berlin, GER 50m Breaststroke 31.86
4 2019 Budapest, HUN 100m Breaststroke 1:08.66
5 2019 Budapest, HUN 200m Breaststroke 2:28.12
8 2019 Budapest, HUN 200m Individual Medley 2:20.68
5 2019 Budapest, HUN 50m Breaststroke 31.83
3 2019 Tokyo, JPN 200m Breaststroke 2:25.32
5 2019 Tokyo, JPN 100m Breaststroke 1:07.29
6 2019 Tokyo, JPN 50m Breaststroke 31.56
49 2018   Overall Ranking  
4 2018 Budapest, HUN 200m Breaststroke 2:20.81
6 2018 Budapest, HUN 100m Breaststroke 1:05.97
8 2018 Budapest, HUN 50m Breaststroke 30.75
6 2018 Budapest, HUN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:41.89
3 2018 Eindhoven, NED 200m Breaststroke 2:20.06
7 2018 Eindhoven, NED 100m Breaststroke 1:06.42
8 2018 Eindhoven, NED 50m Breaststroke 31.04
4 2017 Tokyo, JPN 100m Breaststroke 1:05.44
5 2017 Tokyo, JPN 200m Breaststroke 2:19.80
5 2014 Beijing, CHN 100m Breaststroke 1:06.71
5 2014 Beijing, CHN 200m Breaststroke 2:22.46
8 2014 Tokyo, JPN 200m Breaststroke 2:25.14