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44 medals, better than Russia and Great Britain

Italnuoto there. And how if there was! To recent times European Championship in Budapest I did A treasure trove of medals And also a world record with a Bollywood girl who is only 16 years old: Penny PilateA talent and power to sell, fear of nothing or anyone. He broke the record for a big girl from Indiana, Lily King, with gold at the Rio Olympics (2016) and seven golds at the World Cup. It seemed unbeatable. Until Benny, the Italian prodigy, another wonder South from Taranto (and Anini) appeared.

ItalnottoHoarding medals for European Championship in Budapest

Ben 44 I podi azzurri. The best of us are only Russia and Great Britain but first in the “Swimming Bottom” medals table, and the third in diving and “Swimming in the Boardwalk”. It was a triumphant journey. Loot to be framed: 10 gold, 14 silver and 20 bronze open water, pool, art and dive. With the final satisfaction confirming the ancient theory of Gianni Brera: “Italian people are now eating better, average height has increased, and the gap with the richest people has decreased. Swimming competitions prove it.”

The final satisfaction is this: Italy is the country that has won the most medals in the European Championships44 versus 42 in Russia and 32 in the UK.

Swimming, as Italy approaches the Tokyo Olympics

This continental review suggests good sensations in light Tokyo Olympics. First of all, the Blue Expedition will be able to count on a good mix of more veterans (Federica Pellegrini and Greg Paltneriere above all) and talented youngsters like Benny Pilato and Chiara Pelakani; The latter, 20, from Rome, is another Italian miracle. At fourteen years old he was already in the national team. At the European Championships in Glasgow – at only 15 years 11 months old – he won his first gold medal. In Kiev 2019 he won the second place. In Budapest, the following year he won five medals. This year in Tokyo, at the World Cup, he was awarded a bronze in conjunction (with Milanese Elena Bertucci).

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Then there’s Simona Quadarella, 22, who is a Romanian doctor, who repeated the Glasgow Golden Triangle in Budapest. In Tokyo, she will present herself as the world champion of the first 1500 Olympiad in history. It is in good condition. Only suffered in 400 (little). “You’ll see the real Simona at the Olympics,” he says. “I’ve been waiting for five years.”

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