Belmonte Garcia Wins 800 Freestyle Gold at the FINA World Short Course Championships

Mireia Belmonte Garcia is a golden girl again…

The 24-year-old Spanish swimmer cruised to victory in the women’s 800 freestyle on Thursday to claim her third gold medal at the FINA World Short Course Championships.

Mireia Belmonte Garcia

It only took two nights, and Spain’s Mireia Belmonte Garcia already matched her gold-medal output from 2010 as she topped the 800 free tonight with a meet record.

On Wednesday, Belmonte Garcia won the women’s 200-meter butterfly and 400-meter individual medley in record times.

Belmonte Garcia chased down the distance freestyle gold with an 8:03.41. That equals her 2010 output, which was the most gold medals won by a Spaniard in short course worlds history.

Belmonte Garcia’s time may not have been close to her world record 7:59.34 from the Berlin stop of the FINA World Cup last year, but it was more than enough to crack Rebecca Adlington’s 2008 meet record of 8:08.25.

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