Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Pellegrini wins silver in 200m freestyle

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Rome, July 31 - Italy's Federica Pellegrini won the
silver medal Wednesday in the 200m freestyle at the World
Swimming Championships in Barcelona.
"I am overjoyed," said Pellegrini, 24, who came in at
1:55:14.
"I'm glad, I honestly did not even think I would be able to
take a medal, it's really unexpected".
Pellegrini told State broadcaster RAI that she did not feel
properly prepared for the event, and thanked her parents for
their support.
Gold was won by American Missy Franklin, with a time of
1:54.81.
The bronze went to Camille Muffat of France in 1:55.72.
Pellegrini is concluding something of a 12-month sabbatical
which she began after doing poorly at the 2012 London Olympics.
She had not planned to defend the 200m and 400m freestyle
world titles she won in 2009 and 2011.
Instead, she had only intended to compete in the 200m
backstroke and some relay events before returning to her full
training regime and her individual freestyle races after the
world championships.
But Wednesday, Pellegrini sounded philosophical about last
year's Olympic losses.
"The defeats make you grow," she told RAI.
"And in 10 years, I had many..."

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