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Martínez Rolania and Benito De Tena claim three golds each at the Spanish national school and adapted swimming championships

After competition practice tonight. Image credit: Cto España Natación Badajoz 2014

With the  Spanish national school and adapted swimming championships having wrapped up yesterday, Tomas Romero Cordoba, Ana María Martínez Rolania, Julia Benito De Tena and Sergio Martos Minguet  claimed victories in the last four races of the competition. Martínez and Benito were the biggest individual winners of the competition, picking up three first places each during all three days of competition.



Ana María Martínez Rolania won 50 meter women’s backstroke.  It was her third gold medal of the competition, having previously won the 50 meter women’s breaststroke race and the 100 meter breaststroke race.  The S10 classified swimmer from Valencia defeated by Benito by less than a second in the final to claim first prize with a time of 00:31,50.


Julia Benito de Tena finished first in the 50 meter women’s freestyle.  Like Martínez, who was her biggest direct competition of the event, the victory was her third of the meet, after having won the 100 meter women’s freestyle and 100 meter women’s backstroke races the day before.  


Tomas Romero Cordoba was first  in the 50 meter men’s backstroke.  It was the Andalucían S6 classified  swimmer’s second first place medal of the competition, with the first being in the 100 meter men’s backstroke event.  He had a time of 00:48,90  in the race.  With factoring, it was enough to beat second place finisher S9 classified Madrid swimmer Carlos Navarro González who posted a time of 00:40,85.  His final run was slower than his preliminary race, where he had a time of 00:47,21.  The race was the second deepest in the competition in terms of swimmers competing in it.  Romero had to ultimately beat thirteen other swimmers to claim gold.  A number of the swimmers appeared to have burned themselves out in the preliminaries as a result.  Fellow S6 classified swimmer from Valencia Jaume Cortes Melgar also swam a slower final, after having swum 00:59,20 in the preliminaries.


Sergio Martos Minguet claimed gold in the 50 meter men’s freestyle, after having finished second to S14 classified fellow Valencian swimmer Sergi Castell Ferreres by a tenth of a second in the preliminary race in a the largest field of swimmers of the competition with 18 swimmers having lined up for the start. Martos posted a time of 00:33,70 to Castell’s 00:33,60.  The final was equally close, with Martos just beating out Castell, with a time of 00:32,57 to 00:32,63.


In the regional competition, Valencia finished first, Andalucia finished second and Madrid finished third.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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