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Kristel Köbrich came back to national waters under the watchful eye of President Gabriel Boric.

The best swimmer from our country in history lined up in the second lane of the Centro Acuatico, showing that she is back to compete as a local after almost a decade of absence. By the end, she praised the new infrastructure.


The Centro Acuatico at Parque Estadio Nacional was dressed up this Monday, October 23. With the spectators standing, an electrical environment, and a pool in perfect conditions, the day was highlighted for the infinite milestones that will remain in the sports history of our country.

First of all, the natural expectation lay in the fact that Kristel Köbrich, the best Chilean swimmer of all time, returned to national pools to perform in front of her public after nine long years, her last presentation here being framed in the Odesur Games of Santiago 2014.

Second moment: the expectation and the atmosphere grew even more at around 5:20 pm. At that moment, the eyes of the spectators went to the tribune to see the arrival of President Gabriel Boric, who visited the venue to watch live the iconic 800 meter freestyle race.

Finally, the third and most important moment of the day was signed by the same athlete, achieving a meritorious fourth place in the race, lighting up the Chilean public who chanted her name for eight and a half minutes, with the 'patota' Köbrich Schimpl included transversely.

“The Centro Acuatico is beautiful and impeccable. I’m grateful for what I’m living and for my family to be able to be with me. They all tried to come and support me because they truly are fans and I’m grateful for that. I'm glad they came to watch swimming, not just me, so we can generate what has never been generated here", said the outstanding national representative.

With two days to prepare ahead, the Chilean is thinking about Wednesday 25th of October, the day she will compete in her prime event: the 1,500 meters freestyle. We are counting the hours to, maybe, watch how she puts a local medal around her neck.

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