Federica Pellegrini is seventh in Ariarne Titmus’ Olympic encore race. The 20-year-old Australian, almost 13 years younger than the Italian champion, after the gold of the 400 freestyle has also put her neck in the 200 freestyle with the new Olympic record of 1’53 “50.
Second the surprising Bernadette Haughey Siobhan of Hong Kong (1’53 “92) author of a sensation race, third the Canadian Penny Oleksiak (1’54” 70). Only fifth the favorite of the eve Kathleen Ledecky (1’55 “21). Honorable the performance of Federica Pellegrini who closed her fifth consecutive Olympic final on the same distance seventh in 1’55” 91. Only her in history after the 2004 Athens silver and the 2008 Beijing gold.
“I am proud to leave a team that has never been so strong”: a moved Federica Pellegrini told Rai microphones immediately after her last Olympic competition, the 200m freestyle in which she finished in seventh place. “I’m happy, it was a nice journey from start to finish, years and years of strokes. I enjoyed it, and I’m happy to have dropped below 1:56, my best time of the season. my last 200-meter race at international level, but that’s right: in a few days I’ll be 33 “.
Historic pilgrims, 5 Olympics and hundreds of medals
The greatest ever, among the longest-lived swimmers on the planet, the fastest in the world on 200 freestyle, the protagonist of epic and memorable triumphs, the collector of medals (180, 129 of them gold from Olympics at the Italian Championships) and triumphs: for all this she is the “Divine of swimming”. Federica Pellegrini, the story of blue swimming that she has projected into a ‘cosmic’ dimension, the story of a champion in and out of the pool, the story of many records, the story of a carousel of coaches, loves (Luca Marin and Filippo Magnini) and sponsorship contracts.
Her results combined with her body, hairstyles (above all the platinum colored one), words, bearing, have broken through the television and has appeared hundreds of times on the front pages of glossy magazines all over the world, from Europe to ‘Asia. Federica Pellegrini hailed the 200 freestyle internationally (“it was my last race”, she said in the mixed zone). There is still time, however, to definitively pronounce the word ‘end’ to the career which, perhaps, will arrive after the summer (in autumn?).
No other swimmer in the world has ever been able to hit five consecutive Olympic finals in the same specialty, the 200 freestyle, a race that saw her gold in five circles 13 years ago, again in Asia, but in Beijing in China , and still sees her as the world record holder with 1’52 “98, set on 29 July twelve years ago in the friendly waters of the Stadio del Nuoto in Rome in the world championship competition.