2022 will be Remembered as the golden year of blue swimming. The three generations that crossed the trails on tanks all over the world wearing the blue blazer have achieved extraordinary results and are not merely a matter of medals, and contingencies of a level which, due to some absences (some involuntary, others by choice) may have reduced: Italy holds so far three world records in the long course and two he just set in the short course, This is not the case Not verified in the history of swimming.
for the year 2022 The numbers speak for themselves, starting with the most important event, the World Cup in Budapest: Five gold, two silver, two bronze medals, 24 places in the final, more than one place in Gwangju 2019, in the blue pool trip. The best of all and it must be taken into account that the highlight event for Italian swimmers this year was European at home Many of them were not focused on the World Cup. in a open water, Then they arrived in Budapest 2 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze with star Gregorio Baltrinieri.
In Rome, it was a true triumph for the Italian team that had lived through two weeks of delirium with astonishing numbers. 13 gold, 13 silver and 9 bronze en plein From the finals she won pool and a record of medals that will be hard to beat: the previous record was 27 overall medals and dates back to Budapest 2021, where on this occasion the Italian team won 5 golds, 9 silvers and 13 bronzes. In cross-country swimming, Italy won, with the endorsement of the result of the 25 km that arrived a few days ago, ten medals, including four golds, four silvers and three bronzes.
At the end of the season, in the third major season date, At the World Cup in a short course in Melbourne where Italy presented itself in reduced ranks, the Azzurri managed to break the podium record by equaling the number of medals won last year, 16 but with another silver: 5 golds, 6 silvers and 5 bronzes .
They are numbers Embarrassed For a movement that seems to have truly found a higher level dimension and It places itself at this stage behind the great world powers, the United States and Australia, replacing Russia for the time being, Waiting for the Russians to be able to compete again.
Organization, the ability to arrive ready for the most important moment, meticulous study of details with ample room for improvement, farewell to that inferiority complex that accompanied the history of blue swimming until two decades ago: it is all aspects that have contributed to The growth of a movement that is today the tip of the iceberg of Italian sport, Never competitive in one of the most practiced disciplines in the world.
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