“I love success”
Federica Pellegrini, the greatest Italian sportswoman ever?
“Do you believe you are now the greatest female athlete that Italy has ever had?” The question was put forward by an Italian journalist at a crowded press conference held on July 29 soon after the medal ceremony of the 200m freestyle, in which Federica (or “Fede”, as her name is often shortened) Pellegrini had just won her second gold medal and set her third world record of the meet. The challenging question could have been embarrassing for anybody else; certainly it was not for Federica. Staring at her interlocutor, Federica answered in a firm and passionate voice: “Of course I do! I thought that already before these championships. Now I have two gold medals from the Worlds and three more world records.” Pondering her words she added: “One of my goals was to set ten world records while I was still twenty; that is exactly what I have done, in fact I will turn 21 next week”. Pellegrini’s daring statement was like icing on the cake for the Italian media, which had been inundated by the flow of controversial comments and commentaries. Some thought Federica’s assertion was arrogant and perhaps blunt; others praised her sincerity and self-esteem. Surely, in term of absolute excellence, it will be difficult not to acknowledge Federica having already become the greatest Italian sportswoman ever.
Germany at its best
Thomas Lurz and Angela Maurer take half of the gold at stake in Ostia
After experiencing bad sea conditions that dictated the postponement of the programme for two days, the site of Ostia successfully hosted the open water competitions of the 13th FINA World Championships – on July 21 for the 5km races, July 22 for the 10km and July 25 for the 25km. Germany (with Thomas Lurz and Angela Maurer) confirmed its status of powerhouse in this discipline by conquering three gold medals (half of the titles on offer). The remaining World champions came from Australia (Melissa Gorman), Italy (Valerio Cleri) and Great Britain (Keri-Anne Payne).
FINA Men's Water Polo World League Super Final 2009: Edition # 8: A huge success
Last year, from the Beijing Olympics we learned that the number eight is considered an auspicious number for the Chinese. This year, in Podgorica, we were taught that the number eight was also a lucky number with regard to the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League, the eighth edition of which concluded in the main city of Podgorica in the young and small Republic of Montenegro, on June 21, 2009.
An Outlook on the Men's World League Super Final tournament
Italian coach Sandro Campagna, on his arrival at the “Moraca” venue (which he defined as “fantastic”) directly from a training camp in Bressanone, Northern Italy at a height of 1000 metres, said his players have worked hard to improve their physical conditions and they are still working hard in order to achieve their best condition for the World Championships.
Campagna said: “I have also worked on their mental preparation; I want a winning attitude and this Super Final is just what we need to sharpen our condition.” He added: “Here, we will be able to play some high intensity games; for sure we will fight for possession on every ball, until the end of each game.”
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