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Sport Artistic Swimming
NOC Spain   
Born05 Jun 1990 in Barcelona, ESP
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Partner Pablo Ibanez, son Kai [2020]
Barcelona, ESP
Advisor, Athlete, Author
Catalan, English, Spanish
Higher education
Design, Fashion Design - School of Design [ESDI]: Barcelona, ESP
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up artistic swimming at age 10 after switching from gymnastics. Her first club was CN Kallipollis in Barcelona, Spain.
Why this sport?
She thought the sport was a good way to combine the artistic component of gymnastics with swimming.
Club / Team
CN Sabadell: Spain
Name of coach
Mayuko Fujiki [national], JPN; Juan Jose Andujar [fitness]
Training Regime
She trains for up to 10 hours a day, six days a week, at the High Performance Centre [CAR] in Sant Cugat, Spain.
General Interest
Mermaid of Barcelona (rio2016.com, 03 Mar 2016)
Cooking. (mundodeportivo.com, 07 Aug 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in duet at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (Facebook page, 05 Dec 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The good ones complain, but the best ones adapt." (rtve.es, 11 Oct 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2019 she received the Gold and Diamonds Badge of the Spanish Swimming Federation. (cordobabn.com, 05 Oct 2019)

In 2013 she was presented with the Silver Medal of the Royal Order of Sports Merit in Spain. (laureus.es, 01 Jan 2013)

In 2013 and 2017 she was named Catalan Female Athlete of the Year in Spain. (beteve.cat, 24 Jan 2018; onacarbonell90.com, 01 Jan 2014)
Other information
She became a mother for the first time in 2020. She resumed training shortly after, and was part of the Spanish artistic swimming team that competed at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "There are not many cases of elite sportswomen who have returned so fast to training and in this state. I wanted to come back after giving birth as a sports challenge, but also as a personal challenge." (SportsDeskOnline, 10 Jan 2022; elpais.com, 12 May 2021, 30 Jan 2021; as.com, 05 Aug 2020)

She claims the Spanish artistic swimming team at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea, was the best she has ever competed with and that a lot of the credit should go to the coach, Mayuko Fujiki. "For a long time Mayu was like a mother to me. She's the coach I've been with the longest in my life. She has evolved a lot and has absorbed all of the good things from different schools in Japan, the United States of America, Spain, and the People's Republic of China. She is very demanding, but with her you're always calm because you know the path you are going to take is the right one. As an athlete that is good. You suffer, but you know that it's for something, everything is calculated. She helps a lot with the choreographies. With Mayu we speak the same language. I feel very supported by the team, and for me it's the best team I've been with because it's a team in every sense of the word." (efe.com, 11 Jul 2019)

In 2018 she was the winner of the reality TV show Celebrity Master Chef in Spain. Afterwards she became interested in the gastronomy industry and took on the role of an advisor of a Japanese restaurant in Madrid, Spain, which is owned by some childhood friends. She designs seasonal dishes alongside the restaurant's executive chef. "We meet every six months to design the dishes, in which I contribute with my creative and innovative focus. As I have travelled a lot I contribute with ideas and textures which I have learned first-hand from other great chefs. This project could not be better for me. I love Japanese food. I've been in Japan several times, I have Japanese friends, my son has a Japanese name, my coach is Japanese. I am very happy of spending time away from the pool to do things like this. I always said that high performance sport was the toughest profession in the world but I now realised that gastronomy and the restaurant industry are tougher. The professionals work plenty of hours under a lot of pressure, and there is a lot of competition." (revistavanityfair.es, 28 Nov 2021)

In 2016 she released a book titled 'Three Minutes, Forty Seconds', in which she talks about her life as an athlete. The title is a reference to the length of her duet routine at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, where she won a silver medal. In 2019 she published another book titled 'Elena Sirena' [Elena the Mermaid], which is a series of short stories for children related to her life experiences. "I've had an artistic swimming summer camp and lots of girls aged six to 17 years old come from all over the world. They love to listen to my stories and this book is a nice and educational way to say, 'You're not alone, sport isn't easy, but it's great'. I'm already working on a second book." (elmundo.es, 26 May 2019; sport.es, 14 Sep 2016; elpais.com, 14 Sep 2016)

She runs Campus Ona Carbonell, an artistic swimming training camp in La Garriga, Spain. (campusonacarbonell.com, 01 Jul 2021)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2021 Tokyo, JPN Team  
5 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Duet 186.636
2 2012 London, ENG Duet 192.900
3 2012 London, ENG Team 193.120
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2019 Gwangju, KOR Solo Technical Routine 95.500
2 2019 Gwangju, KOR Solo Free Routine 94.566
3 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team Highlights 91.133 
5 2019 Gwangju, KOR Duet Free Routine 91.700
6 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team Free Routine  
2 2017 Budapest, HUN Solo Free Routine 95.033
2 2017 Budapest, HUN Solo Technical Routine 93.653
5 2017 Budapest, HUN Free Routine Combination  
5 2017 Budapest, HUN Duet Free Routine 91.733
5 2017 Budapest, HUN Duet Technical Routine 90.750
2 2015 Kazan, RUS Solo Technical Routine 93.128
3 2015 Kazan, RUS Solo Free Routine 94.900
5 2015 Kazan, RUS Duet Free Routine 92.233
5 2015 Kazan, RUS Duet Technical Routine 90.016
3 2013 Barcelona, ESP Solo Technical Routine 94.400
3 2013 Barcelona, ESP Solo Free Routine 94.290
2 2013 Barcelona, ESP Free Routine Combination 94.620
3 2013 Barcelona, ESP Duet Free Routine 94.990
3 2013 Barcelona, ESP Duet Technical Routine 93.800
2 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team Free Routine 94.230
2 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team Technical Routine 94.400
3 2011 Shanghai, CHN Duet Technical Routine 95.400
4 2011 Shanghai, CHN Free Routine Combination 95.740
3 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team Technical Routine 96.000
3 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team Free Routine 96.150
3 2011 Shanghai, CHN Duet Free Routine 96.500
2 2009 Rome, ITA Team Free Routine 98.167
2 2009 Rome, ITA Team Technical Routine 97.833
1 2009 Rome, ITA Free Routine Combination 98.333
3 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS Team Technical Routine 97.167
4 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS Free Routine Combination 96.334
2 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS Team Free Routine  
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2021 Budapest, HUN Duet Technical Routine 86.954
3 2021 Budapest, HUN Team Technical Routine 89.770
2 2021 Budapest, HUN Team Free Routine  
2 2014 Berlin, GER Solo 185.477 
3 2014 Berlin, GER Team 182.480 
3 2014 Berlin, GER Duet 181.233 
2 2012 Eindhoven, NED Duet 95.980
1 2012 Eindhoven, NED Team 96.210
1 2012 Eindhoven, NED Free Routine Combination 95.600
2 2010 Budapest, HUN Duet 96.700
2 2010 Budapest, HUN Team 96.900
1 2008 Eindhoven, NED Free Routine Combination 97.900 
1 2008 Eindhoven, NED Team 97.800 
FINA World Trophy
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2013 Mexico City, MEX Total 373.833 
1 2010 Moscow, RUS Total 389.375
1 2008 Madrid, ESP Total 396.666
2 2007 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Total 295.000