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Marta BACH
Sport Water Polo
NOC Spain   
GenderWomen
Born17 Feb 1993 in Mataró, ESP
Height1.76 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Mataró, ESP
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Catalan, Spanish
Higher education
Pharmacy - University of Barcelona: Spain
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began playing water polo at age nine.
Why this sport?
She got involved in water polo as her older brother was already playing the sport. "I liked to work more in a team than in an individual sport."
Club / Team
CN Mataro: Spain
Name of coach
Dani Ballart [club], ESP
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Centre back
Handedness
Left
General Interest
Nicknames
Martona (esportiumaresme.cat, 07 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Dream big, fight 100% for it. Any sacrifice has its own reward." (escolagem.junior-report.media, 10 Jun 2020)
Awards and honours
She was part of the Spanish national team that received an award from the Spanish Sports Press Association [AEPD] in recognition of their triumph at the 2020 European Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (aepde.org, 20 Sep 2021)

Alongside her teammates in the Spanish national team, she received the Extraordinary Medal for Sports Merit from the Spanish Swimming Federation in recognition of the bronze medal they won at the 2018 European Championships in Barcelona, Spain. (rfen.es, 04 Oct 2018)

In 2012 and 2013 she was named Athlete of the Year in Mataro, Spain, sharing the award on both occasions with her international teammate Roser Tarrago. She also claimed the award in 2018. (mataro.cat, 05 Dec 2018; cnmataro.cat, 12 Apr 2014; lavanguardia.com, 23 Mar 2013)
Famous relatives
Her brother Pau Bach has represented Spain in water polo. (lesportiudecatalunya.cat, 25 Dec 2015)
Other information
INTERNATIONAL RETIREMENT
In November 2021 she announced her retirement from the Spanish national team. "Elite sport is tough, very tough, and at the same time it gives you memories for life. I am lucky to finish this stage of my career satisfied and thank each of my colleagues for every moment. I will miss the adrenaline of a European championships, a World Cup or the Olympic Games a lot, but what I will miss the most are the times spent together with the team." (as.com, 07 Nov 2021; Instagram profile, 06 Nov 2021)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has spent time studying nutrition and dietetics. (esportiumaresme.cat, 07 Dec 2017)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2021 Tokyo, JPN Team  
5 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team  
2 2012 London, ENG Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team  
2 2017 Budapest, HUN Team  
7 2015 Kazan, RUS Team  
1 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team  
11 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team  
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2018 Surgut, RUS Team  
3 2014 Khanty-Mansiysk, RUS Team  
European Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2020 Budapest, HUN Team  
3 2018 Barcelona, ESP Team  
4 2016 Belgrade, SRB Team