Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
LONDON

Swimming: Magnini lashes out after Olympic failure

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(ANSA) - London, July 31 - Filippo Magnini on Tuesday
blasted the way Italy's swimmers were prepared for the Olympics
after failing to reach the final of the 100 metres freestyle.
Italy have not yet won a medal in the pool in London yet
and Magnini's girlfriend Federica Pellegrini came only fifth in
the 400m freestyle on Sunday, although she has the chance to
make up for it by retaining her 200m freestyle title later on
Tuesday.
"I know I gave everything, but didn't make it, it's a shame
for the Olympics," said Magnini, the 2005 and 2007 100m
freestyle world champion. "It's a shame to throw away four
years".
Magnini, with a time of 49.18, placed sixth in his semi,
just ahead of team member Luca Dotto, seventh with a time of
49.37.
"I feel heavy because there was something wrong in the
preparation...I only know that when I'm good, I'm going strong,"
said Magnini.
Coach Claudio Rossetto brushed off Magnini's criticisms,
suggesting the swimmer's comments came from a fiery temper.
Still, he hinted that Magnini had himself to blame for
Tuesday's outcome.
"I do not regret the work done, but how it is finished.
The remedies are obvious, Filippo did not arrive here in
condition, although the swimmers tried their best," he said.
"But for years the speed of (Italy's swimmers) with the
same management has always been excellent".
Rossetto, who is also working with Magnini's girlfriend and
Olympic competitor Federica Pellegrini, dismissed suggestions
the Pellegrini - who came fifth in the 400-metre freestyle
Sunday - was distracted by the attention.
Magnini suggested he hadn't been feeling 100% during
training this year and should have told his coach before now.
"Since January, I have been not well and this is also my
fault that I did not make these feelings quite clear".

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