Portugal will be represented by 10 athletes at the Pure Swimming Worlds, which will take place in South Korea, and its main objective is “to obtain eight minimums for the Tokyo2020 Olympic Games.”
“The goal is that, from an ideal perspective, eight swimmers, get the minimums for the Tokyo Games, which almost certainly means being present in the top 16,” said National Technical Director (NTT) José Machado.
“I am convinced that a swimmer to get a mark within the minimum set for Tokyo will certainly get a rating within the top 16, the final will already have to be a time further down. ”
José Machado assured that the 10 swimmers who will represent Portugal in the competition, which takes place in Gwangju, between Sunday and July 28, all have experience in major competitions.
“They have all participated in major international competitions, namely European Championships and Senior World Championships,” he said, adding: “There are four swimmers who have participated in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.”
Not wanting to choose a figure in the selection of six male and four female athletes, the DNT said only that “at the start, those who are ahead are the swimmers who have already obtained minimums: Alexis Santos, Gabriel Lopes, Tamila Holub, Diana Durães and Ana Catarina Monteiro “.
In addition to these, will be represented by swimmers Victoria Kaminskaya, Diogo Carvalho, João Vital, Miguel Nascimento, and Tomás Veloso, in what will be the largest entourage of the last editions of Pure Swimming Worlds.
Ana Catarina Monteiro (Fluvial Vilacondense), 100 meters butterfly and 200 meters butterfly.
Diana Durães (Benfica), 400 free meters, 800 free meters, and 1500 free meters.
Tamila Holub (Sporting Braga), 800 meters free and 1500 meters free.
Victoria Kaminskaya (Benfica), 200 meters breaststroke, 200 meters styles, and 400 meters styles.
Alexis Santos (Sporting), 50 meters back, 200 meters styles and 4×200 meters free.
Diogo Carvalho (Galitos of Aveiro), 4×200 free.
Gabriel Lopes (Louzan Swimming), 100 meters backstroke, 200 meters backstroke and 200 meters styles.
João Vital (Sporting), 400 meters styles.
Miguel Nascimento (Benfica), 50 meters free, 100 meters free, 200 meters free and 4×200 meters free.
Tomás Veloso (Clube Nautico Académico de Coimbra), 4×200 free meters.