It was the moment. At 24 years old, in full maturity, already graduated in Computer Engineering at the University of Berkeley and settled in California, a few months ago Hugo González resolved its disagreements with the Spanish Swimming Federation (RFEN) and focused on its preparation for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.
It was the moment. At the Doha World Cup his horizon was clear due to the absence of all the Olympic finalists in the 100 meters backstroke except him: not even the Russians. Evgeny Rylov and Kliment Kolesnikovcurrent gold and silver, nor the Italian world record holder Thomas Cecconnor the American Ryan Murphy not even Chinese Xu Jiayu or romanian Robert Glintaretired due to depression.
It was the moment. And I took advantage of it. This Tuesday Gonzlez won silver in the event and gave Spain its first world medal since the exhibition of Mireia Belmonte in 2017. Only the Yankee could surpass him Hunter Armstrong, his training partner in California, and did it by just two hundredths, with the rest of the contenders far behind. The third, the Greek Christou Apostolosended an eternity away from both.
After his emergence at just 20 years old at the 2021 Budapest European Championship, where he won three medals – gold, silver and bronze -, his podium in the World Cup is the consecration of González as the reference for Spanish swimming who were previously the brothers. Lopez Zubero, Nina Zhivanevskaya and Belmonte herself. The absences in the World Cup force containment towards Paris, but her brand does not.
Because Gonzlez, who will always go from less to more, this time he started flying, in first position, commanding the test and thus touched the first wall. For 80 meters the gold was his and if he ran out, his time on the scoreboard, 52.70 seconds, placed him as an Olympic hope. In the Tokyo 2020 Games, in fact, with that time he would have been only behind the Russian couple.