Tokyo 2020 / Swimming
The Mallorcan swimmer lowers his personal best and gets his first Olympic diploma
Hugo González was thrown into the water by his parents when he was three years old so that he could learn to swim and not drown in the pool of the chalet. Nineteen years later, the Mallorcan athlete has been sixth in a final of the Olympic Games, in a test that is not even his favorite and in which he achieved his personal best (52.78). The race was closed with the undeniable dominance of the Russian swimmers, Rylov and Kolesnikov, who won gold and silver, respectively, and forced the American Ryan Murphy, Hugo’s companion at the University of Berkeley, to settle for the medal of bronze.
Hugo González is pushing his limits beyond what was expected. In the team of the University of Berkeley, under the orders of the chief technician of the American swimming team, David Durden, he has polished his prodigious natural conditions, which already made him shine in his youth, until he has formed a mature and ambitious swimmer, with a deepening understanding of their sport.
His next appointment in the Olympic pool will be on Wednesday 28, at 13.05 Spanish time, when he jumps into the water to swim his favorite test, the 200 styles, in which he was proclaimed European champion last May in Budapest. Seeing his state of form, his mentality and the way in which he is facing these Games, nothing – not even a medal – is disposable. Spanish swimming, which survives on the basis of large figures that seem to spring from a barren field, has found a new prophet.