Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018

Swimming: Pellegrini philosophical about Olympic failures


(ANSA) - London, August 1 - A philosophical Federica
Pellegrini said on Wednesday that she felt "fine" despite her
disappointing showing at the London Olympics.
The 23-year-old surrendered her 200 metres freestyle
Olympic title when she came fifth in Tuesday's final, two days
after coming outside the medals in the 400m too.
Pellegrini, the world record holder and double world
champion in both events, said Wednesday that she had received so
many morale-boosting messages from Italian fans that she was not
traumatized by the Olympic swimming losses.
"I'm fine, no trauma," said Pellegrini, whose boyfriend
Filippo Magnini, lashed out at Italy's coaching staff Tuesday
after he lost in competition.
"There will be time to make the right analysis,", added
Pellegrini, who acknowledged the entire Italian swimming team
has struggled at these Olympic games.
Over the next year, Italy's entire team, athletes, coaches
and managers, will have to carefully assess what went wrong,
said Pellegrini, who plans to take a year off from competition.
Meanwhile, her former coach Philippe Lucas said he found
her defeats "hard to digest."
"She remains a great champion," he added, while casting
doubts on her ability to return as a world beater if she takes a
As for the future, Pellegrini has not ruled out working in
television during her year-out from competition.
"A reality show? If I enjoyed it, why not?" she said.
"I want to do everything that I enjoy next year".

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