Teresa Portela enlarges her love affair with the Games. The Galician paddler won this Friday in the national selective K1 200 meters tournament thus ensuring their participation this summer in Tokyo, in which they will be her sixth Olympics, being the first Spanish athlete to achieve that figure.
She herself had obtained the place for Spain in 2019, now complying with the last procedure, and under the watchful eye of her daughter Naira. The Pontevedra easily beat the other five applicants to win the pass, but the truth is that it was practically already in their hands since in case of not having won the Spanish Canoeing Federation had set very severe conditions for the winner to go to Tokyo, having to be gold or silver in the World Cup .
Portela beat the Asturian Sara Ouzande, the Castilian-Leonese Mirella Vázquez, the Galician Lara Feijoo, the Madrid Elisa Zapata and the Extremaduran Teresa Tirado. He will stand at the Japanese event with 38 years, and with a record that includes 15 medals in World Cups and 17 in Europeans. At the Games he made his debut in Sydney 2000, at just 19 years old, being a young promise of national canoeing. In London 2012 it was fourth, fifth in Athens 2004 and in Beijing 2008, and sixth in Rio 2016, so His main objective is to sneak onto the podium for the first time.
“I am very happy to have won the selective, which gives me the place to participate in the Tokyo Games. It is a very special day for me because once I got the place in the 2019 World Cup I knew I could dream of participating in my sixth Games, and today it is a reality“said Cangas.” I feel very grateful for all the expressions of affection that are reaching me, “she added, confessing that as soon as I got out of the water, I was already thinking of Tokyo.” There is nothing left. “
With his presence at the Japanese date tie-breaker with the other four Spanish women who knew what it was like to be in five Olympics: tennis player Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, swimmer María Peláez, athlete María Vasco and shooter Pilar Fernández.