Has conquered the fifth consecutive Olympic final in the 200m freestyle of women’s swimming but in the aquatics center of Tokyo 2020, Federica Pellegrini did the last round of dance. “Last dance, baby“, as the” Divina “wrote in a post on Instagram just before the race. At the end finished in seventh place what she herself declared was the last Olympic final. But still the seventh swimmer in the world in this distance at 33, after beating much younger competitors, already has the flavor of the enterprise. And then Fede leaves the Olympic stage with the title of world record holder (its record of 1.52.98, set 12 years ago). In fact, the new Olympian Ariarne Titmus won with an Olympic record of 1.53.50, far from Pellegrini’s primacy. The second in the race was Siobhan Haughey with a 1.53.92 and the third Penny Oleksiak with 1.54.70.
My most serene ending
“I am very happy, I must say that it is the most serene finale I have ever experienced. I am happy with the journey up to here, with everything we have done in recent years, how we have set up the work, with everything. I’m very serene “, said Pellegrini.” I didn’t want to end my career – he continued – just because they had postponed it for a year. We really did everything possible in the preparation phase. ”Pellegrini closes an endless Olympic career in which he has gave Italy an Olympic gold and silver medal, five golds in the world championships and one in the short course world championships, seven golds in the Europeans and another seven in the short course and a large number of silvers and bronzes. Furthermore, Federica Pellegrini improved the world distance record 11 times. 17 years have passed since his debut under the sign of the five circles: in 2004 at the age of 16 he won silver in Athens. And from the historic 13-year Beijing gold medal.
Pilgrims at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics, Rio 2016, London 2012, Beijing 2008 and Athens 2004 (Ansa)
“I understood that I had given everything”
“I am very happy with the decision taken in these days definitively, I think it’s the right time, I think it’s the right way too because there is nothing more important than an Olympic final, so I’m at peace “, commented the champion.” Even while I was swimming, you couldn’t see it, but I had a smile. When I touched, I said: well now it’s all over. It is the right time for me. I’ve always been told that these things are understood, like turning the light on and off. In these days I realized that I had given everything and took everything I could take. So there is nothing else to say “.
Giunta “a great coach and a life partner”
Fede Pellegrini speaks openly for the first time about his private, ‘formalizing’ the engagement with the coach Giunta. “If Matteo hadn’t been there, I probably would have stopped a few years ago – he said – Matteo was a great coach and a special life partner, I hope it will be in the future too. The priority was to keep the image of the coach and the athlete separate and we were very good at that. He was a fundamental person, one of the most important in this human and sporting path “.