The Spanish women’s rink hockey team has made history by winning first gold at World Roller Games

By September 2, 2017Nanging WRG 2017, Rink Hockey

María Díez celebrating the last goal, earning a victory for the Spanish team and its first World Roller Games gold medal. Photo: Nanjing 2017

The World Roller Games – FIRS World Championships has witnessed a truly exciting seventh competition day, with many disciplines already underway and the awarding of the first medals. One of these, the most desired, went to the Spanish women’s rink hockey team, which once again demonstrated its dominance by winning the World Championship title against Argentina by 5-7. Following the thrilling final, Ricardo Ares’ squad made history by successfully defending the world title it had already won in 2016, thereby setting in motion the awarding of medals for the World Roller Games, which is currently celebrating its first edition until 10 September in Nanjing (China). Barcelona will organise the second edition in July 2019.

Following its wins in the European Championship 2015 and World Championship 2016, the Spanish team has achieved its aim of winning a gold medal in an event that combines ten roller sports World Championships, an event that, in the words of team captain Natasha Lee “is a new challenge for our sport. We are very excited because we have always wanted to be part of the Olympic Games in order to experience a large event and the World Roller Games are also a major event. We are especially excited because we can share experiences with athletes from various disciplines. It is an event that adds more value to our sport”.

Artistic, spectacular Roller Derby and Alpine action underway

Today has been a very intense competition day, including not only the women’s rink hockey final, but also the commencement of such spectacular disciplines as Roller Derby, in which the Spanish team debuted by thrashing Japan (231-16), while the USA dominated Australia (228-5). The gold medals in Alpine Slalom went to Latvia’s Kristaps Zvejnieks in the men’s event and Germany’s Mona Sing in the women’s. All this without forgetting the special moment today of the official World Roller Games Opening Ceremony, a spectacular show that was staged for more than 17,000 people in the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre.