Alexia Sotomayor: Why is qualifying for the final in the Junior Swimming World Championship historic for Peruvian swimming?

Alexia Sotomayor: Why is qualifying for the final in the Junior Swimming World Championship historic for Peruvian swimming?

Swimmer Alexia Sotomayor qualified for today's 100m backstroke final, while Romanian Popovici won 4x100m gold with two championship records.

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Alexia Sotomayor: Why is it historic for Peruvian swimming your classification to the final in the Junior World Swimming Championships?

Alexia competes in the backstroke events. (Photo: Alessandro Currarino)

Alexia Sotomayor moves the waters and moves the public that follows her strokes. Thus, Videna became the sports center of the country to enjoy our swimmer and the 16-year-old girl gave us a World Cup final.

Alexia qualified for the final of the 100-meter backstroke of the Junior Swimming World Championships, earning her a place among the best eight in the world in this distance in which 52 swimmers competed and tonight (7:23 p.m., live on Movistar Deportes and ESPN), will be in the medal dispute.

After the morning session, where eleven Peruvians were active, Alexia Sotomayor and Diego Balbi managed to reach the semifinals of their 100-meter backstroke competitions, while the women's national team got into the final of the 4×200 free with Fernanda León, Valeria Raffo , Alejandra Gonzales, Mía Arévalo.

The night brought us the joy of Alexia's result, who is the first Peruvian woman to arrive to a final of a junior world cup,while Diego enjoyed the semifinals to finish in the top 16, while the women's team finished eighth, beating the Philippines and Paraguay.

< b>A Peruvian in the junior individual final had only been seen in the 2007 Mexico edition, when Emmanuel Crescimbeni reached the definition of the 200-meter butterfly and finished in fifth place. Alexia Sotomayor is the first woman to enter the medal race.

If eleven years ago, in 2011, when we hosted the Champ de Mars, we saw swimmers like the Australians Bronte Campbell (gold in Rio and gold and bronze in Tokyo), Cameron McEvoy (three bronzes in Rio and Tokyo ); the Japanese Kosuke Hagino (gold medalist in London and Rio, with gold in 400 styles), Kanako Watanabe (presence in three Games), this year it will be Popovici's turn, who comes to ratify his name, Pieter Coetze (South African, championship record in the 100 back in the semifinals yesterday); Stephan Steverink, the Brazilian who won the first medal of the event in the 400 free; Japan's Mio Narita (gold with championship record in the 400 meter medley), and we look forward to what Ksawery Masiuk (Poland), Merve Tuncel (Turkey), Dora Molnar (Hungary), Nikolett Padar (Hungary), among other greats, offer us. that already show their conditions.

Today it will be time to see more hits. Popovici is going for the 200 free and Alexia for making history in the 100 back. Peru will be with her.

Peruvians – Wednesday 31st Today at Videna

200 m medley

Ruy Unten 9:37 a.m.

Marcelo Rojas 9:41 a.m.

100 m freestyle

Fernanda León/Alejandra Gonzales 10:09 a.m.< /p>

100 m butterfly 

Augusto Sosa 10:30 a.m.

Diego Balbi 10:32 a.m.

200 m butterfly 

Fernanda León/Yasmin Silva 10:44 a.m.

200 m freestyle

Adrián Ywanaga 11:04 a.m.

< p>Vasco Asparria 11:08 a.m.

4x100m relay mixed medley 

Team 11:31 a.m.

800 m free 

Fernand. León/Alejandra Gonzales 11:49 a.m.

100 m backstroke- final

Alexia Sotomayor 7:23 p.m.

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