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Alberto MARTINEZ
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Spain   
GenderMen
Born27 Jun 1998 in Cartagena, ESP
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Rio de Janeiro, BRA
Occupation
Athlete, Public Speaker
Languages
English, Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age four.
Why this sport?
"I have always liked to swim in open water. I was pushed to do more since the first competition I entered in my hometown [Cartagena, Spain] when I was a kid." In 2017 he began training at the High Performance Centre [CAR] in Sant Cugat, Spain. "I saw clearly that I wanted to commit to open water swimming, and I knew that training at the CAR was my only chance."
Club / Team
CN Marina-Cartagena Ancora: Spain
Name of coach
Fernando Possenti [personal], BRA, from 2021
Training Regime
He trains at the Brazilian Olympic Committee facilities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
General Interest
Nicknames
Maky (albertomartinez.weboficial.net, 03 Feb 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 16 Jul 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"To be successful, your desire to reach success must be bigger than your fear of failing." (podium.telefonica.com, 01 Jan 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2020 he received an award at the Murcia Sports Gala in Spain for his achievements in 2019, including qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (fnrm.es, 01 Jan 2020; fbmrmurcia.es, 01 Jan 2020)
Ambitions
To win a medal in the 25km at the 2022 World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, and to compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (mundodeportivo.com, 17 Oct 2021; laopiniondemurcia.es, 18 Dec 2021)
Other information
MOVE TO BRAZIL
After the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo he decided to relocate to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to train with coach Fernando Possenti, after his previous coach Fred Vergnoux announced his decision to leave the High Performance Centre [CAR] in Sant Cugat, Spain. "My body asked for a change and a new environment. Even if there are very good coaches in Spain, I did not see any working plan adapted for me." He considered following Vergnoux to France or staying at the CAR, but opted for Possenti in Brazil. "[Spanish open water swimming technical director] Ricardo Barreda put me in touch with him and we had a meeting. I had a very good time, he explained to me how he works and I ended with a smile on my face, convinced to go there." (mundodeportivo.com, 17 Oct 2021)

PREPARATION
In 2020 he spoke about the keys to success in long-distance races. "For long-duration events you need a large carbohydrate intake three to four days before the race and above all be very well hydrated. Visualisation work is extremely important in an open water event where there are numerous uncertainties and you have to be prepared to overcome them as quickly and efficiently as possible. And, of course, in the weeks of maximum training you have to train a higher volume, an average of 18-20 kilometres a day.” (swimswam.com, 16 Jul 2020)

 Competition Highlights
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
10 2022 Budapest, HUN 25km 5:04:22.5
14 2022 Budapest, HUN 10km 1:54:25.0
7 2019 Gwangju, KOR 25km 4:51:44.1
8 2019 Gwangju, KOR 10km 1:48:02.2
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
10 2021 Budakalász, HUN 10km 1:51:56.0
11 2018 Glasgow, SCO 25km 5:01:24.3
10 2018 Glasgow, SCO 10km 1:49:49.7
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
  2022   10km  
32 2022 Paris, FRA 10km 1:53:06.90
23 2022 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:57:55.40
6 2021   10km  
25 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:49:06.8
10 2021 Doha, QAT 10km 1:52:18.9
8 2021 Eilat, ISR 10km 1:49:55.5
  2020   10km  
23 2020 Doha, QAT 10km 1:50:08.4
101 2019   10km  
20 2019 Doha, QAT 10km 1:52:43.7
32 2018   10km  
19 2018 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:53:38.8
17 2018 Doha, QAT 10km 1:53:10.9
9 2018 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:56:42.10
43 2017   10km  
24 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:53:32.1
15 2017 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 1:31:59.9