Federica Pellegrini shines at the spring Italian championships
Riccione, April 14-18 2010 – three races and as many titles for Federica Pellegrini at the spring Italian championships. Beyond having dominated the 200m and 400m freestyle events – distances in which she scored the season’s best world performances (1:56.23 and 4:04.30 respectively) – the two-time world champion has heaved herself up in the 800m freestyle (8:27.54), event in which she had to contend with the likes of Alessia Filippi, winner of the 200m backstroke title in 2:11.97, but the latter had to stop the freestyle race due to a shoulder problem.
Speaking after the race, Pellegrini, who trains with Stefano Morini in Verona, Italy, said: “I am content [with this race]; the 800m freestyle is an event that I still know little about but I am increasing my training to improve and shave seconds off my time in the 400m. This is an event that serves me also a lot to earn a berth at the Olympics”.
Filippo Magnini renewed with success after taking back the national title in the 200m freestyle (1:48.18) but was forced to miss the 100m freestyle event on the last day’s programme because of a sudden feverish attack.
Also interesting to note are the performances by young sprinters Marco Orsi in the 50m and 100m freestyle, Silvio Di Pietro in the 50m freestyle, 50m and 100m butterfly and Samuel Pizzetti who established hislef in the 800m and 1500m freestyle.