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Liliana Ibáñez does not give up in search of the Olympic ticket


The bad news continues for the Mexican swimmer Liliana Ibáñez who underwent an operation on her right knee a couple of weeks ago in order to remove excess synovial fluid.

The 29-year-old athlete He has not competed for more than a year, in March 2019 an arthroscopy was performed on his shoulder that marginalized her from the World Cup and the Pan American Games. He was recovering his physical form from that surgery, when all competitions were suspended due to the pandemic. She had planned to participate this month in the US Open but was forced to carry out a new intervention that modifies her calendar.

It will be until March when I look for the mark for the Tokyo Olympic Games in the 50 and 100 meters freestyle. Still, both Lili and her coach, Brett Hawk, are confident that getting a ticket to the swimmer’s third Olympic event is complicated, not impossible.

He was coming out of the shoulder operation and now the knee surgery is coming. This does complicate things in terms of rethinking, we had to cancel the US Open, we are thinking of competing until March or April. Brett believes in this and I think most importantly I believe in this. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t believe. Times are getting complicated, we are fair but I think we can achieve it.

The 29-year-old swimmer is the only Mexican who has managed to time 53.93 seconds in the 100-meter freestyle test (Short Course World Cup in Tokyo 2018), a mark that today seems somewhat distant due to the injuries he has suffered since.

I feel far away, if I’m honest today I don’t think I do 53 seconds, but I understand my body and I know that in three weeks you’ll get in shape and that’s why I’m calm. Now I am in the process where I must wait to strengthen my legs. I had incredible muscle mass that fortunately I have not lost from the upper part, I still feel strong, my legs are almost without muscle ”.

The times that will take her to Tokyo, of 24.77 seconds in the 50 meters and 54.38 in the 100 meters, they look complicated in these moments of recovery. However, Liliana is aware that in these she should not be pressured to obtain the brands because it would be counterproductive.