Spain at the 2015 World championships. Photograph: Ginnastica Artistica Italiana

Spain is the latest country to announce its World championships team. The four gymnasts who will represent Spain in Montreal are Olympian Ana Perez and World championships participants Claudia Colom, Nora Fernandez and Cintia Rodriguez Rodriguez.

This is a very experienced team for Spain. All gymnasts have competed at at least one World championships in the past, and two of them have Olympic-related experience.

Ana Perez, 20, is the most accomplished gymnast on the team. She competed at the Olympics in Rio last summer, where she finished thirty-sixth in the all around in qualifications. Perez competed at two World championships in the past, in 2014 and 2015, and at three European championships (2014, 2015 and 2016). Perez was fourth in the all around at the 2017 London World Cup and third on balance beam at the Cottbus World Cup in 2015.

Claudia Colom, 19, is the other Spanish gymnast on the team with Olympic-related experience, as she competed at the Rio Test Event in the spring of 2016, along with Ana Perez. Perez qualified to the Olympics finishing eighteenth in the all around, while Colom finished twenty-eighth. Colom also competed at two World championships (2014 and 2015) and at two European championships (2014 and 2016). She recently competed at the Szombathely World Challenge Cup, where she finished seventh on the uneven bars.

Cintia Rodriguez Rodriguez, 23, competed at three World championships, in 2010 as a first year senior and in 2013 and 2014. She also competed at two European championships, in 2014 and 2016. Rodriguez competed at the 2017 Szombathely World Challenge Cup along with Claudia Colom. She qualified for the floor, beam and bars final, finishing sixth, seventh and eighth respectively.

Finally, Nora Fernandez, 18, is the youngest member of the Spanish team. She competed at the World championships in Glasgow in 2015 as a first-year senior, as well as at the European championships in 2015 and 2016. She recently competed at the Paris World Cup, where she was eleventh on the uneven bars.

Article by Talitha Ilacqua


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