Barbará Riveros number five in the world ranking, and who is emerging as one of the favorites to get a Top Ten in the next London Olympics, has left her coach since 2009, the Australian Darren Smith.
Although he has no plans to join a new coach yet, Riveros will travel to Spain to train in the run-up to the Games with Javier Gómez Noya's team, Cidade de Lugo. fluvial, in the city of Pontevedra.
Barbará's decision was due to the fact that in the same team there are several candidates for the Olympic medal such as the Swedish Lisa Norden and the American Sarah Groff, and she decided that she needed to have more personalized training and not in a group as it was happening. On the other hand, she declared that she could not be more grateful for the work Smith had done to boost her professional career, but that the relationship between coach and student no longer gave more.
“It was a difficult decision for me and I thought about it a lot before leaving Darren and the squad. But I think this is the best decision now that I am preparing with my one hundred percent focus on London. Darren is an excellent coach and is working with a really talented group of potential medal candidates. I owe him a lot, he pushed me to be a consistent and mature athlete and I am very grateful for his great contribution to my career. "
Riveros will still stay in Canberra for two weeks, enhancing his swimming, which is why he dropped out of the World Cup in Mooloolaba (Australia), which will take place on March 24.
In mid-March he will travel to Pontevedra, where he will join Ciudade de Lugo fluvial Javier Gómez Noya's team.