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Mireia BELMONTE
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Spain   
GenderWomen
Born10 Nov 1990 in Badalona, ESP
Height1.70 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
Catalan, English, Spanish
Higher education
Advertising, Public Relations - Catholic University of Murcia: Spain
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age four at a club in Badalona, Spain.
Why this sport?
She was advised to take up swimming by doctors after she was diagnosed with scoliosis, a condition that affects spinal development.
Club / Team
UCAM CN Fuensanta: Murcia, ESP
Name of coach
Frederic Vergnoux [national, personal], FRA, from 2010
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 200m butterfly and bronze in the 400m individual medley at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (as.com, 11 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, US swimmer Michael Phelps, Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal. (as.com, 02 Dec 2017; elmundo.es, 22 Feb 2016)
Injuries
She underwent a double hernia surgery in August 2020. The injury were detected while she was training for a competition in Loule, Portugal. (mundodeportivo.com, 17 Aug 2020)

An ankle injury prevented her from competing at the 2018 World Short Course Championships in Hangzhou, People's Republic of China. (mundodeportivo.com, 21 Nov 2018)

She began experiencing persistent dizziness and migraines in 2016, and her symptoms got worse while she was competing at the 2018 Mediterranean Games in Tarragona, Spain. She also withdrew from the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, following medical advice. (elpais.com, 01 Nov 2018; as.com, 02 Aug 2018; lavanguardia.com, 20 Jul 2018, 23 Jun 2018)

Bronchitis meant she was unable to compete at the 2016 World Short Course Championships in Windsor, ON, Canada. (swimswam.com, 03 Jan 2017)

In June 2015 she suffered from shoulder bursitis that required stem cell therapy as part of the treatment. The injury forced her to miss the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. (elmundo.es, 22 Feb 2016; swimswam.com, 22 Jun 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2018 she was given the Prize of Olympic Values of the Spanish Olympic Committee [COE]. (leonoticias.com, 13 Dec 2018)

She was Spain's flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Mediterranean Games in Tarragona, Spain. (as.com, 19 Jun 2018)

She received the Premio AS del Deporte Award in 2012, 2014 and 2016. (swimswam.com, 03 Jan 2017)

She was presented with the 2015 Gold Medal for Sporting Merit by the Spanish Sports Council. (csd.gob.es, 29 Jul 2015)

She was named the 2014 Athlete of the Year by the Spanish Olympic Committee [COE]. (olympictalk.nbcsports.com, 17 Dec 2014)

In 2013 she received the National Prize of Sport in Spain. (mireiabelmonte.com, 15 Dec 2015)
Milestones
She became the first female Spanish swimmer to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games when she triumphed in the 200m butterfly at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 02 Nov 2018; fina.org, 21 Oct 2016)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (marca.com, 21 Dec 2019)
Other information
CHLORINE ALLERGY
She is allergic to chlorine and has to take special medication. (abc.es, 19 Dec 2011)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In June 2020 she became a member of the ordinary general assembly of the Spanish Olympic Committee. In 2019 she and her coaches created an online course in order to encourage people to take up swimming. (womenshealthmag.com, 12 Feb 2019; unycos.com, 17 Jul 2019; estiloyvida.es, 30 Apr 2019; mundodeportivo.com, 24 Jun 2020)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
15 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 400m Freestyle 4:08.12
16 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Individual Medley 2:13.33
3 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 400m Individual Medley 4:32.39
4 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 800m Freestyle 8:18.55
1 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Butterfly 2:04.85
8 2012 London, ENG 400m Individual Medley 4:35.62 
Heats 2012 London, ENG 400m Freestyle 4:08.23
10 2012 London, ENG 200m Individual Medley 2:11.54
2 2012 London, ENG 200m Butterfly 2:05.25 
2 2012 London, ENG 800m Freestyle 8:18.76 
Heats 2012 London, ENG 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
Heats 2008 Beijing, CHN 400m Individual Medley 4:37.91
Semifinal 2008 Beijing, CHN 200m Individual Medley 2:13.45
Heats 2008 Beijing, CHN 200m Breaststroke 2:29.46
Heats 2008 Beijing, CHN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 400m Individual Medley 4:42.16
8 2019 Gwangju, KOR 1500m Freestyle 16:02.10
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Individual Medley 2:14.93
Semifinal 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Butterfly 2:12.72
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 400m Freestyle 4:10.82
8 2019 Gwangju, KOR 800m Freestyle 8:25.51
2 2017 Budapest, HUN 1500m Freestyle 15:50.89
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 400m Freestyle 4:09.55
2 2017 Budapest, HUN 400m Individual Medley 4:32.17
20 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Individual Medley 2:13.82 
1 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Butterfly 2:05.26
4 2017 Budapest, HUN 800m Freestyle 8:23.30
2 2013 Barcelona, ESP 400m Individual Medley 4:31.21
2 2013 Barcelona, ESP 200m Butterfly 2:04.78
5 2013 Barcelona, ESP 800m Freestyle 8:21.99
4 2013 Barcelona, ESP 1500m Freestyle 15:58.83
3 2013 Barcelona, ESP 200m Individual Medley 2:09.45
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 400m Freestyle 4:06.76
5 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:53.20
Semifinal 2011 Shanghai, CHN 200m Butterfly 2:07.94
Semifinal 2011 Shanghai, CHN 200m Individual Medley 2:12.37
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 800m Freestyle  DNS
4 2011 Shanghai, CHN 400m Individual Medley 4:34.94
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 200m Butterfly 2:11.55
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 400m Individual Medley  DSQ
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 200m Individual Medley 2:13.75
Heats 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 200m Butterfly 2:12.45
Heats 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 400m Individual Medley 4:46.68
Heats 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 200m Individual Medley 2:18.04
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 200m Butterfly 2:10.21
Heats 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 800m Freestyle  DNS
  2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 400m Freestyle DNS
Heats 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 200m Individual Medley  DNS
5 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 400m Individual Medley 4:32.98
1 2014 Doha, QAT 400m Individual Medley 4:19.86
1 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Butterfly 1:59.61
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Individual Medley 2:08.75
1 2014 Doha, QAT 800m Freestyle 8:03.41
1 2014 Doha, QAT 400m Freestyle 3:55.76
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Individual Medley 1:01.94
1 2010 Dubai, UAE 400m Individual Medley 4:24.21
1 2010 Dubai, UAE 200m Individual Medley 2:05.73
2 2010 Dubai, UAE 800m Freestyle 8:12.48
1 2010 Dubai, UAE 200m Butterfly 2:03.59
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 200m Breaststroke 2:26.53
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 100m Individual Medley 1:02.36
3 2008 Manchester, ENG 400m Individual Medley 4:27.55
Heats 2008 Manchester, ENG 400m Freestyle 4:07.34
2 2008 Manchester, ENG 200m Individual Medley 2:07.47
6 2008 Manchester, ENG 200m Breaststroke 2:21.65
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2016 London, ENG 200m Butterfly 2:10.78
3 2016 London, ENG 400m Freestyle 4:06.89
2 2016 London, ENG 1500m Freestyle 16:00.20
2 2016 London, ENG 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:53.38
2 2014 Berlin, GER 800m Freestyle 8:21.22
1 2014 Berlin, GER 1500m Freestyle 15:57.29
2 2014 Berlin, GER 400m Individual Medley 4:33.13
3 2014 Berlin, GER 400m Freestyle 4:04.01
8 2014 Berlin, GER 200m Individual Medley 2:18.46
1 2014 Berlin, GER 200m Butterfly 2:04.79
6 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:57.25
4 2012 Debrecen, HUN 200m Butterfly 2:08.91
2 2012 Debrecen, HUN 400m Freestyle 4:05.45
1 2012 Debrecen, HUN 1500m Freestyle 16:05.34
  2012 Debrecen, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  DSQ
Heats 2010 Budapest, HUN 400m Individual Medley 4:45.98
5 2010 Budapest, HUN 200m Individual Medley 2:12.21
4 2010 Budapest, HUN 200m Butterfly 2:08.30 
8 2008 Eindhoven, NED 400m Individual Medley 4:47.56
1 2008 Eindhoven, NED 200m Individual Medley 2:11.16
3 2008 Eindhoven, NED 200m Butterfly 2:09.32
6 2008 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:05.98
8 2008 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 8:03.66
Semifinal 2006 Budapest, HUN 200m Individual Medley 2:17.48
Heats 2006 Budapest, HUN 400m Individual Medley 4:50.65
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2013 Herning, DEN 200m Butterfly 2:01.52
1 2013 Herning, DEN 800m Freestyle 8:05.18
1 2013 Herning, DEN 400m Individual Medley 4:21.23
4 2013 Herning, DEN 200m Individual Medley 2:06.87
1 2013 Herning, DEN 400m Freestyle 3:56.14
1 2011 Szczecin, POL 200m Individual Medley 2:07.06
1 2011 Szczecin, POL 200m Butterfly 2:03.37
1 2011 Szczecin, POL 400m Individual Medley 4:24.55
1 2011 Szczecin, POL 400m Freestyle 3:56.39
  2009 Istanbul, TUR 200m Butterfly  DSQ
  2009 Istanbul, TUR 200m Breaststroke  DSQ
2 2009 Istanbul, TUR 400m Individual Medley 4:27.60
13 2008 Rijeka, CRO 400m Freestyle 4:07.02
14 2008 Rijeka, CRO 200m Breaststroke 2:27.10
1 2008 Rijeka, CRO 400m Individual Medley 4:25.06
6 2008 Rijeka, CRO 200m Individual Medley 2:09.57
14 2007 Debrecen, HUN 200m Individual Medley 2:13.74
18 2007 Debrecen, HUN 400m Freestyle 4:11.25
2 2007 Debrecen, HUN 400m Individual Medley 4:31.06
7 2007 Debrecen, HUN 200m Butterfly 2:08.36
12 2006 Helsinki, FIN 800m Freestyle 8:40.62
11 2006 Helsinki, FIN 400m Individual Medley 4:43.30
11 2006 Helsinki, FIN 200m Individual Medley 2:14.79
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2019 Budapest, HUN 400m Individual Medley 4:41.81
8 2019 Budapest, HUN 200m Butterfly 2:13.73
4 2019 Budapest, HUN 400m Freestyle 4:12.43
5 2019 Budapest, HUN 200m Individual Medley 2:16.11
1 2019 Budapest, HUN 800m Freestyle 8:31.42
2 2019 Tokyo, JPN 400m Freestyle 4:06.81
3 2019 Tokyo, JPN 400m Individual Medley 4:34.47
2 2019 Tokyo, JPN 800m Freestyle 8:24.28
6 2018 Budapest, HUN 400m Freestyle 4:07.43
8 2018 Budapest, HUN 200m Butterfly 2:13.12
7 2018 Budapest, HUN 400m Individual Medley 4:37.93
5 2018 Budapest, HUN 800m Freestyle 8:24.58
5 2018 Eindhoven, NED 400m Freestyle 4:07.51
7 2018 Eindhoven, NED 400m Individual Medley 4:36.27
4 2018 Eindhoven, NED 800m Freestyle 8:22.28
6 2017   Overall  
2 2017 Berlin, GER 400m Individual Medley 4:22.55
1 2017 Berlin, GER 400m Freestyle 3:57.79
1 2017 Eindhoven, NED 800m Freestyle 8:07.47
1 2017 Eindhoven, NED 200m Butterfly 2:03.02
1 2017 Eindhoven, NED 400m Individual Medley 4:18.94 WR
3 2017 Moscow, RUS 200m Butterfly 2:05.75
2 2017 Moscow, RUS 400m Freestyle 3:58.24
1 2017 Moscow, RUS 800m Freestyle 8:07.10
4 2014   Overall  
2 2014 Beijing, CHN 800m Freestyle 8:10.88
8 2014 Beijing, CHN 200m Backstroke 2:15.77
5 2014 Beijing, CHN 200m Individual Medley 2:10.76
2 2014 Beijing, CHN 400m Individual Medley 4:27.70
3 2014 Beijing, CHN 200m Butterfly 2:05.91
2 2014 Beijing, CHN 400m Freestyle 4:01.08
8 2014 Beijing, CHN 100m Individual Medley 1:02.73
2 2014 Doha, QAT 400m Individual Medley 4:25.85
1 2014 Doha, QAT 800m Freestyle 8:14.99
4 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Individual Medley 2:10.85
1 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Butterfly 2:03.39
1 2014 Doha, QAT 400m Freestyle 4:00.91
1 2014 Dubai, UAE 800m Freestyle 8:04.88
4 2014 Dubai, UAE 200m Individual Medley 2:10.60
2 2014 Dubai, UAE 400m Individual Medley 4:27.66
3 2014 Dubai, UAE 200m Butterfly 2:06.19
1 2014 Dubai, UAE 400m Freestyle 4:02.05
2 2014 Hong Kong, CHN 800m Freestyle 8:13.32
5 2014 Hong Kong, CHN 200m Backstroke 2:13.88
2 2014 Hong Kong, CHN 200m Individual Medley 2:10.37
2 2014 Hong Kong, CHN 400m Individual Medley 4:33.83
2 2014 Hong Kong, CHN 200m Butterfly 2:06.33
2 2014 Hong Kong, CHN 400m Freestyle 4:02.73
1 2014 Moscow, RUS 800m Freestyle 8:12.12
7 2014 Moscow, RUS 200m Backstroke 2:12.46
2 2014 Moscow, RUS 200m Individual Medley 2:08.25
2 2014 Moscow, RUS 400m Individual Medley 4:27.34
2 2014 Moscow, RUS 200m Butterfly 2:04.01
1 2014 Moscow, RUS 400m Freestyle 4:01.54
1 2014 Singapore, SGP 800m Freestyle 8:10.61
5 2014 Singapore, SGP 200m Individual Medley 2:10.70
1 2014 Singapore, SGP 400m Individual Medley 4:22.68
1 2014 Singapore, SGP 200m Butterfly 2:04.57
1 2014 Singapore, SGP 400m Freestyle 3:59.88
1 2014 Tokyo, JPN 800m Freestyle 8:08.57
2 2014 Tokyo, JPN 400m Individual Medley 4:26.42
2 2014 Tokyo, JPN 200m Butterfly 2:03.83
1 2014 Tokyo, JPN 400m Freestyle 4:00.87
3 2013   Overall  
3 2013 Beijing, CHN 400m Freestyle 3:59.46
1 2013 Beijing, CHN 800m Freestyle 8:07.59
4 2013 Beijing, CHN 200m Individual Medley 2:06.79
1 2013 Beijing, CHN 400m Individual Medley 4:25.23
1 2013 Beijing, CHN 200m Butterfly 2:04.20
1 2013 Berlin, GER 800m Freestyle 7:59.34
5 2013 Berlin, GER 200m Individual Medley 2:09.39
1 2013 Berlin, GER 400m Freestyle 3:54.52
3 2013 Doha, QAT 400m Individual Medley 4:31.06
5 2013 Doha, QAT 200m Butterfly 2:08.77
1 2013 Doha, QAT 800m Freestyle 8:14.18
5 2013 Doha, QAT 400m Freestyle 4:06.22
8 2013 Dubai, UAE 200m Freestyle 1:58.63
2 2013 Dubai, UAE 400m Individual Medley 4:30.05
2 2013 Dubai, UAE 200m Butterfly 2:06.39
2 2013 Dubai, UAE 400m Freestyle 4:02.23
1 2013 Dubai, UAE 800m Freestyle 8:14.12
3 2013 Eindhoven, NED 400m Freestyle 3:58.21
2 2013 Eindhoven, NED 800m Freestyle 8:01.43
7 2013 Eindhoven, NED 200m Individual Medley 2:09.72
4 2013 Eindhoven, NED 200m Butterfly 2:05.12
1 2013 Moscow, RUS 800m Freestyle 8:19.55
8 2013 Moscow, RUS 200m Individual Medley 2:13.86
3 2013 Moscow, RUS 400m Individual Medley 4:36.55
3 2013 Moscow, RUS 200m Butterfly 2:10.77
2 2013 Moscow, RUS 400m Freestyle 4:04.77
2 2013 Singapore, SGP 800m Freestyle 8:11.78
7 2013 Singapore, SGP 200m Individual Medley 2:10.69
3 2013 Singapore, SGP 400m Individual Medley 4:28.90
3 2013 Singapore, SGP 200m Butterfly 2:06.97
3 2013 Singapore, SGP 400m Freestyle 4:02.70
2 2013 Tokyo, JPN 800m Freestyle 8:08.40
6 2013 Tokyo, JPN 200m Individual Medley 2:08.84
3 2013 Tokyo, JPN 400m Freestyle 4:01.64
2 2013 Tokyo, JPN 400m Individual Medley 4:26.92
4 2013 Tokyo, JPN 200m Butterfly 2:05.01
1 2009 Stockholm, SWE 200m Individual Medley 2:06.44
1 2009 Stockholm, SWE 400m Individual Medley 4:26.40
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2014 Berlin, GER 5 km 58:41.4
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
31 2016 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 2:00:33.30