TOKYO. “It was a nice journey, many years of strokes: I enjoyed it from start to finish”: seventh place in the 200 freestyle and farewell to the Olympics for Federica Pellegrini, protagonist of the extraordinary feat of competing in his fifth Olympic final. On the same occasion, Pellegrini made official her sentimental bond with the coach Matteo Giunta: “If he hadn’t been there, I probably would have stopped two years ago – she said visibly excited and sometimes with tears -. Matteo was a great coach and a special life partner, I hope he will be in the future too. The priority was to keep the image of the coach and the athlete separate and we were very good at that. He was a fundamental person, one of the most important in this human and sporting path ». Matteo Giunta is also the cousin of Federica Pellegrini’s ex-boyfriend, the swimmer Filippo Magnini.
And he already has clear ideas about the future: «I have a lot of things to do now. One, go home that everyone is waiting for me. Two, celebrating my birthday, 33 is an important age. We have to get the athletes to vote for the IOC, now I’ll start making leaflets. Then in September, hopefully also in November, there will be the Isl in Naples and then the docufilm will be released, a book is planned, the recording of the new season of Italia’s got talent. In short, I’ll be very busy ”