The Mariposa World Record 50m was the “icing on the cake” for Diogo Ribeiro, who completed his participation in the World Junior Swimming Championships, in Lima (Peru), with Gold Medals (50m butterfly, 100m butterfly and 50m free ). “Having a aim and never simply in search of medals, nothing like this has ever been seen in world swimming. We have been there earlier than, and now we have very proficient swimmers, however nothing compares to this”, admitted José Machado, director of the Games. Portuguese Swimming Federation (FPN) to DN.
Remembering that this is “a brand new expertise”, the nationwide coach defined that everybody who labored with the 17-year-old swimmer “realized that there’s a unusual potential there”. And what’s totally different about him? “The potential to concentrate on the aim. For instance, after the European Bronze, as a substitute of celebrating with different swimmers who end the season, he entered the health club. He confirmed unimaginable maturity. He went to Peru alone, for a very long time. earlier than the competitors, with a physiotherapist and a coach and he ready himself as finest as he might. He was the one who satisfied himself that it was attainable to make three Golds and a World Record after which he satisfied us.”
If many noticed what was attainable, few anticipated a lot in such a short while: “He had an enormous downside. [acidente de moto, em julho de 2021, que lhe colocou a carreira em risco] and the season began in November final yr and 4 months later, when the weird would have began in September final yr, and from the start it was recognized that it was in the evolution stage. “
The method is religion
From the second he moved from Coimbra to Centro de Alto-Rendimento do Jamor, a aggressive plan was made for Benfica’s younger participant, which didn’t agree, however, in keeping with José Machado, Diogo believed in the coach’s strategy: “He was instructed he had a swimming potential that nobody else had. He needed to make robust choices in the identify of betting with no ensures.”
The preparation was already aimed toward him reaching the massive present in the Junior World Championships. At the Nationals in March, he broke the National Record ten instances, however he did properly on the Danish Championships 15 days later. That’s why the coach [Albertinho] and he knew that competing in the European Championship, Diogo can be higher after 15 days on the Worlds.
The association adopted this precept and proved to be appropriate. Also a semi-final exit for the 100m freestyle. The swimmer “participated in the election”. He knew that issues are regular this race can result in a medal, however Gold can be very tough, contemplating that the primary place can be given to Popovic (absolute world document), though Diogo even had a greater time than the Romanian in. discovered in the semi-finals. Diogo selected the Mariposa 50m, not as a result of it was his final probability to interrupt the World Record, as he’s not a young person.
Not going to the Junior European Championships was somewhat controversial and the sports activities director needed to clarify to some folks what’s now “simple” to justify: “We need to have the humility to appreciate and perceive that we aren’t used to this degree. He has expertise with the coach [Alberto Silva, conhecido por Albertinho]who has had the chance to work with Olympic medalists [Cielo e Thiago Pereira]. Everyone can have an opinion, however “…
Included in the Paris 2024 Olympic venture
Born on October 27, 2004, Diogo was a child when he first met his older sister’s pool. He was 4 years previous when his father died – in reminiscence of him, he painted a star on his proper shoulder, which he eliminated in the massive accident of July 2021 – and his mom determined to place him in swimming. At the age of 8 he began collaborating in the Regional Circuit of Cadets, in Coimbra, on behalf of the Beatriz Santos-Clube Foundation. After 4 years, he moved to Clube Náutico Académico and in 2021 joined the Benfica household.
He is 17 years previous, he’s a part of the Paris 2024 Olympic venture and it’s “simple” that, to any extent further, we’ll take into consideration medals.. “Swimming wants the ultimate as an Olympic aim and, after that, the scenario was not as encouraging as it’s now, we didn’t even permit ourselves to dream of those outcomes. in Tokyo 2020, just one. Now it’s totally different and never solely Diogo. In Europe we had 9 finalists and 5 and two of the very best eight and that is a crucial step. first to combat for a medal is the aim”, defined José Machado.
The Bronze medal in the 50m Mariposa on the European Absolutes in Rome (in August) was considerably inferior to the World Gold trilogy, however “it isn’t value it”, in keeping with the FPN sports activities director: “The gold medals and the information could also be very engaging, however the European bronze is what places him in the historical past of Portuguese swimming and sports activities.”