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Tenerife’s role in sporting successes 

 

Outstanding sports facilities in Tenerife helped swimmers shine when Barcelona hosted world swimming championships.

One in three of the medallists had trained on the island, specifically in the T3 high performance centre in La Caleta which attracts all categories of sportsmen, women and teams.

Cabildo vice-president, Carlos Alonso said hundreds of professionals from throu-ghout Europe were choosing to come to Tenerife to train because of its exceptional climate and excellent infras-tructure.

The championships fea-tured 96 finalists who trained here and 36 medallists, a record which speaks for itself, he added.

Winners included Mireia Belmonte, Melani Costa, Sarah Sjöström from Switzerland, Ranomi Kromowidjojo of Holland, Ruta Meilutyte from Lithuana, Brazilian Thiago Pereira and from France, Camille Lacourt and Yannick Agnel. Successful teams also came from France, Russia, Holland and Japan, all of whom had spent time training in Tenerife.

Top athletes are also attracted to other top facilities, including the VIT centre in Bahia del Duque which is directed by “physiotherapist to the stars” Michael Novotny and the Abama Sánchez Casal tennis school at Hotel Abama.

Tour de France winners, Bradley Wiggins (2012) and Chris Froome (2013) also chose Tenerife as their training destination.