Mireia Belmonte García has put Spain on the scoreboard at the London Games…
The 21-year-old Spanish swimmer earned silver in the final of the 200 meter butterfly in women’s swimming on Wednesday with a time of 2:05.25 to give Spain its first medal of the 2012 Olympic Games in any event.
But that’s not all… Belmonte’s surprise performance was only the second Olympic medal in swimming for a Spanish woman.
Belmonte was thisclose to swimming her way to the gold medal, leading the pack throughout the race. But China’s Jiao Liuyang produced a potent last lap to zoom past Belmonte for the gold and set a new Olympic record with a time of 2:04.06.
Japan’s Natsumi Hoshi finished third to take the bronze.