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UCAM congratulates its athletes, Saúl Craviotto and Mireia Belmonte, appointed as flag bearers at the Olympic Games of Tokyo

The UCAM Murcia Piragüismo canoeist and the UCAM Fuensanta swimmer have been appointed as flag bearers for Spain at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, which will be held this summer in Japan

Saúl Craviotto and Mireia Belmonte, flag bearers to lead Spanish team at Tokyo Olympic Games
Saúl Craviotto and Mireia Belmonte, flag bearers to lead Spanish team at Tokyo Olympic Games

Wed, 12/05/2021 - 16:44

For the first time in history, a man and a woman will share the honour of bearing the flag of Spain at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. For this task, the Spanish Olympic Committee has chosen two athletes that have been a part of the family of UCAM Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia for almost ten years: the swimmer Mireia Belmonte and the canoeist Saúl Craviotto. The president of UCAM, José Luis Mendoza, congratulated them for this appointment, which he considers a wise decision, due to their merits and to the fact of being an example in the dissemination of the values of Olympic sport. 

The canoeist Saúl Craviotto (UCAM Murcia Piragüismo) has already won four Olympic medals (two gold medals, a silver medal and a bronze medal), which he obtained at the Olympic Games of Beijing ‘08, London ‘12 and Río ‘16, and he goes to Japan with the objective of obtaining the fifth medal with the K4 team. For her part, the swimmer Mireia Belmonte (UCAM Fuensanta) also has four Olympic medals (one golden medal, two silver medals and a bronze medal) which she obtained in London ‘12 and Río ‘16, being the Spanish athlete with the best Olympic record. 

Interestingly enough, the top Spanish medallist of history, with five gold medals, is the canoeist David Cal, who also is a UCAM athlete; furthermore, since his retirement from active competition, he has been working as a technician in the Sports Service of UCAM. 

The appointment of Saúl Craviotto and Mireia Belmonte as flag bearers at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020 is a great joy for UCAM, which will be widely represented at the Olympics, with more than sixty athletes belonging to the Spanish delegation.