Portugal will be represented by 10 athletes in the World Short Pool Championships, which will be held in China in Hangzhou from December 11 to 16. The main expectation of the Portuguese delegation is to guarantee the place in the finals, which should mean the obtaining of new national records. Among the 10 elected technical director national of the Portuguese Swimming Federation, Jose Machado, is Gabriel Lopesswimmer Louzan Swimming, which will be in action on the 50, 100 and 200 meter backstroke races.
"There is an expectation that we will be able to attend the finals. If this happens, it means that our athletes will be able to improve their brands, some of which are national records, "said José Machado, national technical director (DTN), in statements to Agência Lusa. Jose Machado recalled that eight of the 10 selected athletes are integrated into Olympic preparation programs, admitting that the competition, which runs from December 11 to 16 in Hangzhou, "is also a test for the long pool."
"This competition also serves to realize the possibilities we have to reach the finals in long pool races," he explained. The technical manager was very pleased with the fact that Portugal is systematically increasing the representation in World of swimming pool short.
"Swimmers, who are 10, are those who have acquired access minimums already defined by the international federation. So there is this already quality assurance. The minimums are based on the time of the 16th position of the previous edition, "he explained. The DTN, which has selected the United States, Australia and China as the major powers of the 25-meter pool and the main contenders for medal winning, said that "although it is still different, the competitive level of the short more of the long pool ".
The Portuguese national team was training in Macau between December 1st and 8th to prepare for the competition because, according to José Machado, "it meets the conditions of preparation that, from the outset, are ideal, a few days in the beginning of the tests ".
Ana Catarina Monteiro (Fluvial Vilacondense), Diana Durães, Victoria Kaminskaya and Miguel Nascimento (Benfica), Raquel Gomes Pereira (Algés), Tamila Holub (Sp. Braga), Alexis Santos and João Vital (Sporting), Diogo Carvalho (Galitos) and Gabriel Lopes (Louzan Natação) are the Portuguese representatives in the competition.