The player of the Spanish team talks to EL MUNDO, thinking about that exciting Olympic semifinal against Denmark (J / 2:00 pm).
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In the victory against Sweden, Eduardo Gurbindo (Pamplona, 33 years old) made such good movements without the ball in attack from his right lane that he drove the Swedish central star Jim Gottfridsson. After a double operation on the meniscus of his right knee, which left him 16 months away from the competition, this 1.95 meter winger has returned to his best level with the national team. His great performance yesterday, together with that of the rest of his teammates in the choral victory against Sweden (33-34), in the quarterfinals helped Hispanics to fight for the medals in the semifinals of the Olympic Games. Talk to EL MUNDO with his mind set on that great duel against Denmark (J / 14.00).
- What a final match they lived against Sweden.
- It was a bit crazy. In the second half they had four goals ahead of us. It was a very busy game and there were moments when it seemed that things did not go well for us. But in the end we did our job well and we were able to come back.
- Can you imagine returning to Navarra with a medal around your neck?
- Well, we still have to play the semi-finals (against Denmark, 2:00 pm tomorrow). We are very happy and strong for the next game. Hopefully I can show my family a medal won in Tokyo. But I won’t be in Pamplona for long on the way back because I have to go to North Macedonia right away. After five years at Nantes in the French League, I have now signed for HC Vardar from Skopje.
- How is the Spanish group living these Games?
- We are very hungry for a medal. We want to win. It’s a bit of a weird situation with all the Covid restrictions and no audience. Luckily, we have a good group, quite happy and that we entertain ourselves well being together.
- With whom do you share a room in the Villa?
- I am with Dani Sarmiento. But we are in an apartment with six other roommates, and the rest are in another apartment across from us. We move from one to another and try to always be together. This makes the situation more bearable, which we have been in Japan since July 14 and it is a long time.
- Are these Games getting heavy?
- I have already been to London 2012, but it is obvious that these Games are very different, very strange. The days are very monotonous, but we have come here to compete, we are motivated and we have gotten into a very good routine. Everything is better too because we have been winning.
- Have you not tried to jump the restrictions as other athletes have done?
- They don’t let us move freely. Everything is very controlled. But I still have to say that I was very surprised by Tokyo. I was expecting a bustling city with a lot of pollution. But what we see during bus trips is a very clean and orderly city.
- A few months ago he told in an interview that it is not seen in Tokyo.
- I had many doubts. I didn’t know if he could reach my level and if the knee was going to respect me after the injury. I have worked hard to be here. And it is something incredible that he has achieved it. For me it is very special. Physically every day I am better, more liberated and more confident in the games. It has not been easy, but I have caught the dynamics of playing a game every other day, getting used to the humidity, the court and the referees.
- He always talks about how his son Liam was the best medicine in his rehab.
- On the 6th, Friday, he is four months old. That he appeared in my life while I was injured helped me a lot to get through the whole ordeal. I miss him so much these days. But we are already in the final stretch and soon to embrace him again. I hope that in a few years, when I grow up, I will be able to tell my son about all that we achieved in Tokyo.