Guadalajara has another world champion after Nuria Diosdado obtained a gold medal in the World Aquatics Artistic Swimming World Cup 2023 held in Somabay, Egypt last week.
Diosdado Garcia and fellow swimmer Joana Jimenez Garcia took first place in the Women’s Duet Free event with a routine they were using in commotion for the first time.
“For us, this was a super spectacular result,” Jimenez Garcia said. “We’re grateful for the opportunity that life gives us. We’re trying to get better and better every day.”
The pair will now prepare for the Central American Games and Pan American Games through which they hope to qualify for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
If she qualifies for Paris, Tapatio Diosdado, 32, would be appearing in her fourth Olympics, having participated in London in 2012, Rio de Janiero in 2016 and Tokyo in 2020.
Mexico had its best ever showing in an Aquatics Artistic World Cup, finishing second in the medal table with three golds and a bronze, only behind Spain which won three golds, a silver and two bronze medals.
The participation of the Mexican team in Egypt was possible thanks to the support of businessman Carlos Slim, who stepped in after the Mexican Sports Commission (Conade) withdrew the athletes’ scholarships and coaches’ salaries.
Conade has received fierce criticism for failing to support the artistic swimmers, and has been left with egg on its face after the amazing results obtained in Egypt, critics say.