Gwangju (South Korea) – Federica Pellegrini triumphed in the two freestyle at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju in South Korea but at the end of the race there was apprehension because her rival Sarah Sjöström, finished third, had a slight illness and she lay down by the pool where she was promptly rescued and was immediately given oxygen. Thanks to the rescue, Sjöström recovered within a few minutes and went regularly to the podium to collect the bronze medal.
Federica Pellegrini won the gold. Ariarne Titmus and Sarah Sjoestroem complete the podium.
Federica Pellegrini confirms herself as the 200th freestyle world champion by winning the Gwangju final with a time of 1'54 "22 before the 19-year-old Australian Ariarne Titmus (1'54" 66) and the 26-year-old Swedish Sarah Sjoestroem (1'54 "78) .
A few minutes later, Federica Pellegrini presented herself to Rai Sport's microphones to comment on her World triumph. Pellegrini commented on the fourth gold specialty in eight years in which he always climbed onto the podium (three silvers and a bronze).
"It's unbelievable, I still don't believe it. A victory that came unexpectedly. I had to be here in passing and instead this came ”.
A few days before her 31st birthday (she will be celebrating August 5), the Venetian champion also lets a tear escape in front of the cameras when she talks about this as her last world championship, an exceptional event for her that immediately clarifies: "It is not because I am sorry , but because I am happy … ".
Then he sums up this fantastic year in two words: "I was doing it in fear. This victory came unexpectedly and is proof that I worked well and that work pays. Much. It is incredible, however, what happened – he adds – also because we decided to take part in the world championships after testing the Settecolli. Then here I found myself playing something important coming here in passing ”.
Then he greets his fans from the cameras and explains: "I have to go to the podium to sing the anthem" (source AGI).
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