The blue hope had been the protagonist of a bad battery, closed with the fifth time. Out for an irregular ganbata
Sensational negative surprise for the I swim sky blue. The Olympic debut of Benedetta Pilato. The sixteen year old from Taranto, world record holder in the 50 breaststroke, was disqualified for an irregular kick in the 100 breaststroke heats at the end of a race in which she finished fifth. In the same race Martina Carraro she finished third with guaranteed access to the semi-final.
However, Pilato would not have entered the semifinals having stopped the clock at 1’07 ”36, the 20th time while the best 16 advanced to the next round.
PILATE: “I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED”
“Horrible race. I got really tired. I felt good in the warm-up. I have no idea what happened, that’s how it went.” So Benedetta Pilato after the disqualification received in the women’s 100 breaststroke at the Tokyo Games. The Taranto had closed its battery with the fifth time. “Too much pressure? Maybe. Now let’s see with a cool head,” he explained to Rai.