Belmonte Claims Her Second Silver Medal at the London Games

London Olympics 2012

Mireia Belmonte García may soon be called Spain’s “silver bullet”…

Following her second place finish in the 200 meter butterfly to put her country on the medal scoreboard , the 21-year-old Spanish swimmer picked up her second silver of the 2012 Olympic Games on Friday in the women’s 800m freestyle.

Mireia Belmonte

Despite finishing four seconds behind the surprise victor, 15-year-old Katie Ledecky of the United States, Belmonte managed to swim past defending Olympic champion and pre-race favorite Rebecca Adlington of Great Britain at the 700-meter mark to move into second place.

Belomonte touched the wall at 8:18.76 to claim the silver and give Spain its third-ever Olympic medal in women’s swimming.

Mireia Belmonte

Adlington, was seeking to become the first British woman to retain an Olympic title, following her success in the event in Beijing, had to settle for bronze.