On Saturday, the Spanish duo of Dennis González and Mireia Hernández clinched the silver medal in the free mixed duet final of artistic swimming at the World Swimming Championships in Doha. This marked the fourth medal for Spanish artistic swimming and the sixth in total for the team in this event.
In a standout performance, the Spanish pair combined hip-hop with traditional Eastern European music, earning a score of 208.3583, comprising 37.3500 in difficulty, 86.3500 in artistic impression, and 122.0083 in execution. This impressive score allowed them to surpass their main rivals for the silver, Colombia (191.8729), and Mexico (192.5772), who ultimately secured the bronze.
The Chinese duo, Wentao Cheng and Haoyu Shi, maintained their favoritism and secured victory with a score of 224.1437, earning China its seventh gold in the Doha event.
Reflecting on their performance, Dennis González shared, “We have been super tense throughout the championship; we were already in the technical duet final there, we were left with bad feelings. In the free duet, we were going to give everything, with difficulty above. Obviously, China has ended up increasing the difficulty and has finished us happening, but we already knew that they are things that do not depend on us.”
Despite the intense competition, González emphasized their commitment to delivering their best, stating, “We went to do the same thing we did in the semifinal, we have tried to do even better, but it is more than surpassed what was in our mind.”
Acknowledging the challenges they faced, González revealed, “I had a problem with my arms, but I was super focused on the competition. We reached the last day and we finished in the best way.”
Mireia Hernández expressed her pride in their achievements, stating, “It has been a very long championship, and with these new regulations, you never know what you are going to be exposed to. Four medals are a very good balance; we are very happy. There is always room for improvement because what makes sport magical is also the ambition of always wanting to go a little further.”
Highlighting the team’s growth in a short time, Hernández emphasized, “We have increased difficulty in all the routines in this short time and always maintained artistic investment, which is the beautiful part of Spain. In the mixed duets, the level is rising quite a bit, and I am proud to be part of this growth.”
Spanish artistic swimming concludes its participation in the Doha championships with four medals, including the silver in the mixed free duet, the technical team routine, and Dennis González’s free solo, as well as the bronze in the technical duet by Alisa Ozhogina and Iris Tió. This adds to the previous achievements of silver in the 10 kilometers open water by María de Valdés and bronze in synchronized 3-meter springboard jumps by Nico García Boissier and Adrián Abadía. The team also secured Olympic spots in both team and duet events.