The blue had been stopped for a month for mononucleosis before the Games: after leading the race from the beginning, he took second place. American Finke Gold
– Tokyo (Japan)
The American screwed them all, but Greg is silver. An immense silver in 7’42 “11 despite mononucleosis. Robert Finke, born in 1999, triumphs in 7’41” 87 in the first 800 of Olympic history over Gregorio Paltrinieri who led up to the last meters, he dictated the pace from the lane number 8 and was generous and courageous to impose his swimming in the race of which he is world champion. The bronze is by Ukrainian Misha Romanchuk, under the podium the world champion of 1500 Florian Wellbrock. A crazy, spectacular race. A crazy silver.
immediately to bomb
Greg immediately starts off like a bomb: at the top of the 100 in 55 “15, at 200 in 1’52” 86. In the return pool, swim sideways almost touching the lane. At 300 he stretches in 3’50 “55, while in the central lanes they show no sign of responding to the blue who travels at 29” 5 on average. At 600 in 5’48 “05 he remains in the lead but Romanchuk and Wellbrock counterattack this time. At 750 meters Greg resists in 7’14” 02 but at the touch he is second. But what a feat.
“Talking about a miracle is little, I wouldn’t have bet either. But this time I put my heart into it”. These are the first words of Gregorio Paltrinieri after the silver medal won in the 800 freestyle at the Tokyo Games. “It’s beautiful – added the blue swimmer to the Rai microphones – today I was another person compared to the drums, with another mentality, another wickedness and desire to compete. I lived it to the fullest. Last night one of mine. great friend told me that these great finals are not faced with the head but with the heart, it is the only way to be satisfied. I may have fallen too many times in my life in the error of wanting to plan everything. I had put too much head , too many confused thoughts, but these finals are won with the heart. The others will be better than me physically and better prepare for the race tactically, but the heart I put into it is too much “.
The silver of courage. This is how we can define the medal of the Rio Olympian who decided to change everything for Tokyo. Until a month ago he didn’t even know whether to be there or not. They gave him up for dead, say those who know him well. And even after the battery he did not know whether to be optimistic or pessimistic after losing a month of work due to the infection that had struck him after the European Championships in Budapest in which he had won 5 medals, three of which gold in the fund, the world that now attracts him the most. A final full of unknowns but also the confirmation that we are champions in the head and when there is a battle not even physical troubles can stop those who want to win, those who are still hungry like him.
always on the attack
From the heights of Livigno to Tokyo in a few days to build this incredible medal beyond color. A champion who has won everything in the 1500s, and considers the 800s as a third option, he fights like a lion but above all confirms as always: “If you want, come and get me”. Had it always been good, this gold would not have ended up in the US. In fact, the twenty-six year old from Carpi cannot blame himself for having won this race at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju with the usual air. Always on the attack.
July 29, 2021 (change July 29, 2021 | 04:06)
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