Gregorio Paltrinieri, one man in command, and a wonderful relay

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The medal you don’t expect is the most beautiful of all. Although it’s not true that you don’t expect a medal from Gregorio Paltrinieri, one gold, one silver, one Olympic bronze, more than twenty medals between Europeans and World Cups. This time, however, no, that Greg returned king of the world in 1500 meters after 5 fives we did not expect it and for this reason it was even better to see him win gold at the world championships in Budapest.

He did it with a masterful race in which he was ahead of the others from start to finish. Never doubt Greg. We understood this last year in Tokyo when he went to the podium after suffering from mononucleosis. He confirmed it with the devastating race in this world championship after the disappointment in the 800. Qualified only with the seventh time he made a head race from the side lane leaving those of the central lanes to chase him without giving them the possibility of a sprint in which perhaps he they would have beaten. According to the American Finke, third the German Wellbrock.


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“I was super disappointed the other day, but I know I’m there. I wanted to prove it, go fast and I think I made it, ”she told a Rai Sport“I love to swim and I would do nothing else, but when you lose you wonder where you are wrong, Today I said to myself” give it all, rather die in the tub“And I have shown that I am there”.

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“Maybe someone thought you were finished. But I don’t let myself be influenced by the judgment of others, only when doubts begin to come to me is it dangerous; so I asked myself “but isn’t it that the others are stronger?”, then I thought about it for a moment and I said: “no, the strongest is still me”. Only that it had to be proved. “

Before him the silver in the 50 breaststroke for Benedetta Pilato after the surprise gold in the 100. A bit of disappointment in the race in which he holds the world record. “Actually, I can’t complain, a world gold and a silver, I thought they would have come the other way around, but that’s okay.” And also Thomas Ceccon’s bronze in the 50 backstroke.

After the other gold of the day: the gold of 4×100 mixed men with Martinenghi, Ceccon, Burdisso and Miressi. Beat the USA and Great Britain with the new European record, 3’27 ”51. Never so many blue medals at the World Championships 5 gold in swimming, two in the synchronized doubles in the mixed doubles, in the middle of the course second in the medal table with 15 medals (10 in swimming), only the USA in front.

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Source: Vanity Fair

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