Federica Pellegrini has managed to qualify for the fifth consecutive Olympic final of the 200 freestyle, the distance that the Olympic champion saw in Beijing in 2008.
Federica Pellegrini finished in third place the second semifinal of the 200 freestyle with a time of 1’56 “44 behind the American Ledecky (1’55” 34) and the Czech Seemanova (1’56 “14). Olympic finals Federica came second in Athens 2004, then gold in Beijing 2008, fifth in London 2012 and fourth in Rio 2016.
The ‘Divina’, as the 32-year-old Venetian swimmer trained by Matteo Giunta is nicknamed, has been a world record holder since 2009 with a time of 1’52 “98. The final is scheduled for tomorrow at 10.41 local time (3 , 41 in Italy).
The final of the women’s 200 freestyle of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics which will also see the blue Federica Pellegrini on the starting block, the fifth consecutive Olympic final a few days from turning 33 (on August 5), will take place tomorrow at 10.41 local (3.41 in Italy).
The finalists will also be Ariarne Titmus (Australia / 1’54 “82 in today’s semifinal), Sb Haughey (Hong Kong / 1’55” 16), Kathy Ledecky (Usa / 1’55 “34), Junxuan Yang (China), Barbora Seemanova (Czech Republic), Penny Oleksiak (Canada) and Madison Wilson (Australia).
Tokyo 2020, Pellegrini: “The final was my goal”
“The final was my goal of this more difficult Olympics than ever, we believed until the end, together with an incredible staff”. This is Federica Pellegrini’s first comment after hitting her fifth consecutive final at the Olympics on 200 freestyle, becoming the only one in history to win five finals at the Games in the same specialty. “I have been swimming 1’56 for a year” and I know what I can achieve: now the final awaits me and I want to do my best “, added the Italian champion coached by Matteo Giunta at the federal center of Negrar at the gates of Verona.
Pilgrims in the final at the Olympics: it’s in history
Federica Pellegrini is more and more in the history of world swimming after having hit the fifth Olympic final on the 200 freestyle in Tokyo 2020. The blue champion is the only swimmer ever to have hit five consecutive finals in the same specialty at the Games Olympic. The first Olympic participation in the Athens 2004 Olympics at the age of 16, the last that tomorrow at the threshold of 33 (the birthday will be August 5).
In between, a fantastic career with five-circle gold in Beijing 2008 and silver four years first in Greece. In the showcase of the ‘Divina’, this is how Faith is nicknamed, also six world gold medals (plus one in short course) and seven Europeans (plus seven in short course).
Pellegrini was the Italian standard-bearer at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Games. As for today’s match in Tokyo, tomorrow the Venetian swimmer will have to contend with Ariarne Titmus (Australia / 1’54 “82 in today’s semifinal), Sb Haughey (Hong Kong / 1’55 “16), Kathy Ledecky (USA / 1’55” 34), Junxuan Yang (China), Barbora Seemanova (Czech Republic), Penny Oleksiak (Canada) and Madison Wilson (Australia).
Tomorrow, as they say, “it will be another day” but it is today that Federica has accomplished the feat because the goal was the final far from obvious after the fatigue of the night before in the heat (she had qualified with thrill, fifteenth and penultimate time). He said a “change of gear” would be needed tomorrow, and it did.
In the waters of the Tokyo Acqutics Center, Pellegrini with 1’56 “44 is third in the second semifinal behind Ledecky (1’55” 34) and the Czech Barbora Seemanova (1’56 “14).” It was a goal of this Olympics more difficult than ever, we believed in it until the end, together with an incredible staff – says Federica, athlete of the Aniene Rowing Club and trained by Matteo Giunta at the federal center of Negrar in Verona after growing up under the guidance of the late Alberto Castagnetti – I’ve been swimming 1’56 for a year “and I know what I can achieve: now the final awaits me and I want to do my best”.
The fifth final comes after the silver in Athens 2004 at just 16 years and 12 days, theirs from Beijing 2008, the fifth place in London 2012 and the fourth in Rio 2016. In between six world titles (double with the 400 in Rome 2009 and Shanghai 2011), the short course one in 2016 and five individual Europeans plus six in the short course. Too bad for Thomas Ceccon, fourth in the final of the 100 backstrokes just 11 cents from the bronze but with the satisfaction of having further improved the Italian record bringing it to 52 “30.
In front of the Italian the Russians Evgeny Rylov, gold with 51 “98 (new European record) and Kliment Kolesnikov, silver with 52” 00. Bronze went to the American Ryan Murphy (52 “19).” I’m a bit angry for missing third place but super satisfied with my performance – said Ceccon -. I didn’t think I could do less than the time I swam in the battery, I gave my best and I even managed it. I didn’t think they were going that strong but we are at the Olympics “.