The joy of Simona after the bronze in the 800 freestyle: “Before the race I thought: you have to go home with a smile. So, either take the medal or take the medal. There is no other solution “
For Italy it is the fifth medal (one from the Sydney 2000 record where, however, there were 3 golds) of the swimming expedition after the silver of Gregorio Paltrinieri in the 800 and of the 4×100 sl men, of Nicolò Martinenghi in the 100 breaststroke and of Federico Burdisso in the 200 butterfly. Simona Quadarella had already brought out her talent even at the World Championships behind Ledecky but with a different conduct than today.
heart and soul
Simona does not hide her happiness at the end of the test: “With Christian (Minotti, his coach; ed) we told ourselves to put our heart and soul into it, and I did it. It was very difficult in just one afternoon to reset what had happened on the 1500s. But I could have a redemption on this race and I’m happy to have taken this medal. It is a medal that is worth more than anything. This is my Olympics, I would have liked to do something more in the 1500s, I’m honest, it hasn’t arrived, but it’s part of an athlete’s life. That’s how it went. This bronze makes me really happy. It is a bronze that we have sweated on for many years. Before the race I thought: you have to go home with a smile. So Simona, either take the medal or take the medal. There is no other solution. It was difficult to put everything back together but I consider myself lucky to have had another chance. And I was able to grasp it ”. For Ledecky it is the third consecutive gold. Unbeatable.
July 31, 2021 (change July 31, 2021 | 04:25)
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