The story is beautiful. At only 19 years old, Diogo Ribeiro On Monday, February 12 in Doha, he became the first Portuguese to win the World Swimming Championships. With a time of 22.97 seconds, the Coimbra native won the gold medal in the 50m butterfly, ahead of Michael Andrew (23.07) and Cameron McEvoy (23.08).
A young prodigy in a sport that is hugely popular in Portugal, Diogo Ribeiro is something of a UFO in the country. The most notable of which was the three-time world champion for juniors in 2022, setting a world record in the butterfly at the same time (22.96), and in 2023, before that, he became the first gold medalist, and the first Portuguese to win a medal at the swimming worlds, thanks to his second place.
Next summer, Diogo will have the opportunity to think bigger, during the Olympic Games that will be held in Paris.