Spain is tested in the regatta field of the Olympic Games

The Spanish Olympic team looks at paris 2024 with desire and this Sunday starts, in Marseille, the test event that will calibrate the forces of all the countries that yearn to be in the Olympic Games. The Test Event is, without a doubt, a dress rehearsal at an organizational, logistical and sporting level. This Sunday the classes will enter into competition 470, ILCA and Formula Kite and on Monday the 10th it will be the turn of the iQFOil, 49er and 49er FX. Similarly staggered, the competition will come to an end for Formula Kites on Friday July 14, Saturday the 15th for the 470 and ILCA, and Sunday the 16th for the iQFOil, 49er and 49er FX.

The Marseille Test Event will be the first and only international championship to be held in what will be the regatta course for the next Games. This is a crucial event in the Olympic sailing calendar and Spain will be represented by 12 sailors. There will be only one national team per class as required by the competition rules, with the exception of Nacra 17, which is absent due to the training calendar. The athletes have been selected based on results and technical reports, always with an eye on the sports program of each class to improve the teamwork that must be carried out in the World Cup in August, to obtain the country place in as many classes as possible. Xisco Gil, Director of Olympic Preparation, made it clear that “this event is very important in our calendar. It is an excellent opportunity to work as a whole team in what will host the next Games. We have made a great display at an organizational and logistical level, with all the technical and multidisciplinary staff present at the championship. The objective is that all the federation machinery knows every detail so that during the Olympic Games sports performance is the only protagonist”.

In 49er will compete Diego Swag (Cantabria) and Florian Tritel (Catalonia) who in 2023 were first in the Hyères Olympic Week, a triumph that adds to the gold of the European Championship and the silver of the 2022 World Cup. “We have had several training blocks this year here in Marseille. The conditions in this race course are complex with unstable wind and a very particular wave in this bay. We are working hard to arrive well prepared for the Test Event. Winning here would give us a lot of confidence going into the Olympic Games. We are happy with how the preparation is going and we want to start. As always it will be a very tough healthy fight”, they commented. Tamara echegoyen (Galicia) and Paula Barcelo (Balearic Islands) make up the crew selected in 49er fx. Bronze medalist in the 2022 World Cup, the Spanish duo is in the Top 10 of the class with eighth place in the International Ranking. “We really want to get started. It’s exciting to be back in competition. This event will be a preparation to arrive in the best conditions to the World Cup. We are making the most of every day, since we have the honor of sailing on the regatta course of the Olympic Games, writing down as much information as possible about its particularities”, they confirmed. The Catalans jordi Xammar and Nora brugman will represent Spain in 470 Mixed and they are the runners-up in the world and in Europe 2022. They started 2023 with a third place in the Princesa Sofía Trophy to continue with a first in Hyères and a fifth in the European Championship held in Italy. “We have been training in Marseille for more than a month, getting to know the regatta field. The Test Event is a great opportunity to measure ourselves against the best in the world in the bay where the Games will be held next year. We are very proud to be the Spanish representatives in our category. Eager to start competing and give our best”, they said.

the Andalusian Pillar lamadridsecond in the International Ranking, will be the one who carries the Spanish flag among the iQFOiL feminine. Current champion of Spain, she was fifth in the 2022 World Cup and seventh in the European one. “I face this Test Event as a real opportunity to experience what next year’s Games will be like, in terms of format, venue, organization, committee, race course… I think it is an event to get a lot of information to be as prepared as possible for Paris 2024. In my case, it is the first time that I have qualified for an event of this type, so I am willing to learn as much as I can and also to evaluate how we are going in the recovery after the European ”, he explained. In iQFOiL masculine will be the Balearic Nacho Balthazarcurrent U21 continental champion.

With a fourth place in the International Ranking, gisela Polished (Catalonia) is among the best sailors in the world in Formula kiting. She was third in the 2022 European Championship and arrives in Marseille after obtaining sixth place in the 2023 Allianz Regatta. “For me, coming from a discipline that is not Olympic, such as freestyle, I’m already starting to feel the Olympic spirit from the test just before the Games. I am very excited and happy to be here representing my country and I hope to do my best. We have trained a lot in Marseille and we know the site very well. I hope I can give the best version of myself”, he added. The Catalan Bernat Cutscurrent champion of Spain, will be in the male category of Formula Kite Male. In classes ILCA 6 and 7 they will sail the andalusian Ana Moncada and the canary Joaquin Whitechampion and runner-up of Spain respectively.

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