By Xavi Gómez.
The International Swimmining Hall of Fame, ISHOF for its acronym in English and headquartered in Florida (USA), aims to promote healthy habits of aquatic sports. Among other initiatives, has a specifically that catches the eye: the ‘Hall of Fame‘.
55 international players of all time to fire their names recorded in this hall of memories. In future editions of this section, we will go shelling the names and stories of these players, all with a life behind their victories and defeats.
There are two Spaniards who have the privilege of being among the largest: Manel Estiarte and Jesus Rollán. For the Castilian public, is somewhat unknown both players have been recognized by this prestigious institution.
Personally I could not help brand this section with Jesus Rollán for various reasons, including his tragic end and fragile memory of man. Serve these modest lines for younger never forget that the Spanish water polo was over two decades defended by one of the best-if not the best- goalkeepers in history, Jesus Rollán.
‘The Guardian’s Pool’
Rollán Jesus was born on April 4, 1968 in Madrid. A few years of his childhood and it was decided by the pool after a knee injury. It was in its infancy when he Mariano García, coach of the ‘old school’ which was one of the promoters of one of the most brilliant generations who gave Madrid water polo.
They are characterized by their self-confidence in the water, ‘Chava’, ‘Toto’, ‘Miki’ … soon became hollow on the national scene. At age 18, Jesus Rollán left Madrid and settled in Barcelona with his friend Pedro Garcia ‘Toto’. During his stay as a player of historic CN Catalunya Rollán enviable record was garnering nationwide that opened wide the doors of the selection.
It was with the state assembly with which he forged a reputation within very few goalkeepers. Jesus came to instill such respect that many players from rival teams think twice whether to shoot. Fruit of the union between Catalans and madrilians, Spain went from a selection of ‘second order’ to fight for medals along the nineties and early part of this century.
To always remain in the memories tears of Jesus in Atlanta 1996 after winning the final to Croatia and gain gold. The same cry, but pain this time was that accompanied all international waterpolo after learning the tragic event that led to the end of this great goalkeeper who won many victories and the most successful water polo awards, including his posthumous entry in the Hall of Fame.