Catalan secession threatens Spain’s golden age for sports

FILE – In this Thursday, July 27, 2017 file photo, Spain’s Mireia Belmonte celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women’s 200-meter butterfly final during the swimming competitions of the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Catalonia’s audacious attempt to secede from the rest of Spain represents a threat to one of the world’s sporting powers. The star of Spain when it comes to the Olympics is swimmer Mireia Belmonte. She has delivered four medals in the last two Summer Games, including a gold medal in the 200-meter butterfly in 2016. That made her one of three Catalans who contributed to Spain’s haul of seven gold medals in Rio. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

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