The Turin-born marks her personal best and for half the race she was close to the world record
A hug of gold and silver. Paralympic Italy exploded with joy for the splendid double by Carlotta Gilli and Alessia Berra, respectively first and second in the 100 butterfly S13 at the Tokyo Games. The twenty-year-old Moncalierese from Fiamme Oro and Rari Nantes Torino made the Mameli Hymn resound for the first time in the Japanese capital in these Games, inviting her partner and friend to the top step to listen to it with her.
A few moments earlier, they had received the medals from an exceptional award winner such as the multi-Olympic Valentina Vezzali, current Undersecretary of the Italian State. «Receiving the medal from her was something fantastic – Carlotta commented euphorically, who then reveals -. She said she got excited looking at us too. You know better than us what it means to win an Olympics. This medal weighs in every sense, but the significance it has is extraordinary. For me it was already a dream to come here and compete with the strongest athletes in the world. Winning gold is the fulfillment of the greatest desire of my life ».
Alessia Berra also smiles, who in a normal world championship event would have been gold too since her category (S12) has been merged with that of Carlotta (S13) only for the Games: “That’s fine, luckily for me. they did this race also with the other category. I can’t ask for anything better, I’m overjoyed ».
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On the first Italian gold at the Paralympics, Carlotta adds: «I have thought about it many times and I dreamed of it as I did it. I am really satisfied. I am also convinced that I came to collect this medal rather than to win it. Surely it wasn’t just me who won it, but also my family, the coach, my coach and my clubs. It was a year of sacrifice that absolutely paid off. Sharing the podium at the European Championship with Alessia was very exciting. Now I want to fully enjoy this emotion. Tomorrow there is another race, I started very well and I hope to do well the others too ».
The bronze was missing to complete the women’s collection and close the pokerissimol with the two men’s medals (Francesco Bocciardo’s gold and Fre’s bronze), a few minutes later Monica Boggioni, third in the 200 free style S5: “I’m happy because I’m not I was expecting you to get to the medal immediately in the first final because being in a Paralympics is different from all the other races. At the beginning, I felt this different emotion while I was swimming and it blocked me a bit, but in the end I told myself that I had to enjoy the race. The medals of Carlotta and Alessia seen on my mobile phone while I was in the call room excited me. “Then the moving dedication:” It is for all those who have shared this path with me, therefore my family: my mom, my dad, my brother Matteo, my grandparents, the club and the coaches. A special thought, however, is for my grandfather Angelo who passed away in 2017 who, watching the 2016 Paralympics together on TV, I has de I thought I would have been there and that he would have followed me, in one way or another. ‘
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