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Marina GARCÍA
Sport Swimming
NOC Spain   
GenderWomen
Born06 Jun 1994 in Barcelona, ESP
Height1.65 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Sabadell, ESP
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Catalan, English, Spanish
Higher education
Health Studies - University of California, Berkeley: United States
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age three in Barcelona, Spain.
Club / Team
CN Sabadell: Spain
Name of coach
Alex Lopez [club], ESP
General Interest
Injuries
She had to spend three days in a hospital while competing at the 2018 World Short Course Championships in Hanzhou, People's Republic of China, after a chicken bone got lodged in her throat during dinner. She was still able to compete in the 200m breaststroke at the event. (antena3.com, 13 Dec 2018; marca.com, 10 Dec 2018)
Famous relatives
Her brother Guillem has represented Spain in water polo, and competed in the 2019 World League Super Final. (SportsDeskOnline, 20 Jan 2020; calbears.com, 01 Jan 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (mundodeportivo.com, 24 Mar 2019)
Other information
COLLEGE EXPERIENCE
She believes her time studying and competing for the University of California, Berkeley in the United States of America has improved her swimming, both physically and mentally. "There are details that are not worked physically in Spain but in the United States are practised, because competitions are held in a shorter pool. Swimming in a 25-yard pool gave me technical aspects that I did not have before. I have also improved in psychological aspects, especially in how I face competition. I am more confident of my possibilities." (mundodeportivo.com, 16 Nov 2018, 13 Aug 2014; lesportiudecatalunya.cat, 13 Apr 2018)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has studied for a post-graduate degree in nutrition, sports performance and health at the Open University of Catalonia in Spain. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2018)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
25 2012 London, ENG 100m Breaststroke 1:08.64
20 2012 London, ENG 200m Breaststroke 2:27.57
Heats 2012 London, ENG 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Breaststroke 2:27.46
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Breaststroke 1:07.97
Semifinal 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Breaststroke 2:25.52
6 2013 Barcelona, ESP 200m Breaststroke 2:23.55
7 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Breaststroke 1:07.08
Semifinal 2013 Barcelona, ESP 50m Breaststroke 31.24
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:03.79
Semifinal 2011 Shanghai, CHN 100m Breaststroke 1:08.81
Semifinal 2011 Shanghai, CHN 200m Breaststroke 2:25.79
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 200m Breaststroke 2:26.69
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 100m Breaststroke 1:09.07
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 200m Breaststroke 2:20.33
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 200m Individual Medley  DNS
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 400m Individual Medley 4:52.29
12 2012 Istanbul, TUR 200m Breaststroke 2:23.79 
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 100m Breaststroke 1:07.15
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:58.42
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2018 Glasgow, SCO 200m Breaststroke 2:23.63
6 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Breaststroke 1:07.55
5 2014 Berlin, GER 200m Breaststroke 2:24.96
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 100m Breaststroke 1:09.41
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 50m Breaststroke 32.43
3 2012 Debrecen, HUN 100m Breaststroke 1:07.91
Semifinal 2010 Budapest, HUN 100m Breaststroke 1:09.52
Semifinal 2010 Budapest, HUN 200m Breaststroke 2:29.32
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 200m Breaststroke  DSQ
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 50m Breaststroke 31.26
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Breaststroke 1:06.95
2 2012 Chartres, FRA 200m Breaststroke 2:20.57
3 2012 Chartres, FRA 100m Breaststroke 1:05.82
11 2011 Szczecin, POL 100m Breaststroke 1:07.80
17 2011 Szczecin, POL 50m Breaststroke 31.82
6 2011 Szczecin, POL 200m Breaststroke 2:22.88
34 2009 Istanbul, TUR 100m Breaststroke 1:08.10
40 2009 Istanbul, TUR 50m Breaststroke 31.76
7 2009 Istanbul, TUR 200m Breaststroke 2:21.86
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2019 Berlin, GER 200m Breaststroke 2:27.82
6 2019 Berlin, GER 100m Breaststroke 1:09.54
7 2018 Budapest, HUN 200m Breaststroke 2:24.35
6 2018 Eindhoven, NED 200m Breaststroke 2:21.49