Behind the American Ledecky and the Australian Titmus there is Simona da Roma, 22, called Veleno, bronze in the 800 freestyle
TOKYO – Simona Quadarella made a nice speech with herself before jumping into the water for the 800 style. I said to myself: Simo, you have to go home with a smile: so either you take this medal or you take this medal, there are no other possibilities. The psychoanalytic session in the pool worked: behind the American Ledecky (who enters the Olympus of the very few swimmers who have won the same race in three editions of the Games), and the Australian Titmus (queen of 200 and 400), there is she, Simona da Roma, 22, known as Veleno, who takes the footsteps of Novella Calligaris (bronze in Monaco ’72) and Alessia Filippi (silver in Beijing 2008), climbed before her on the Olympic podium of the specialty and went to take a bronze in weight, fifth medal for Italy in swimming in Tokyo.
I did a race with my head, I knew they would start strong, I didn’t look at them, I thought about taking the bronze. And in fact the two start like a rocket, Simona doesn’t let herself be conditioned: at 400 meters fourth, then accelerates, overtakes the other American Grimes who will remain behind. I am on the podium with two “monsters”, but after the disappointment of the 1500s I had a second opportunity and I was able to take it: my redemption. a medal that has immense value to me. Gi, the 1500: finished in fifth place, had been a half blow. She who had won three golds at the European Championships in Budapest in May and who had become world champion in Guangwu in 2019, taking advantage of Kathy Ledecky out forfeit for an intestinal virus, had very different expectations. But the Olympics throws you into a completely different context and then the intestinal virus this time he had hit her just before leaving. Two days out of shape, three kilos lost, flight to Japan postponed and, above all, dissolved certainties, conditioned mental equilibrium. I was destabilized by having to postpone my departure. I was also afraid of not being able to be there, at the Olympics, luckily I had some time to recover. I don’t know if the 1500 went like this for this reason, maybe it was a matter of head rather than physical, but I found myself without strength. the famous handling of the unexpected, which Gregorio Paltrinieri was able to tame (in a more difficult context) and which took Simona off guard in the 1500s. There was a need to reset quickly and Greg was the spur: My coach Christian Minotti he told me: here those are the p…. The rest was done by her, with a chat with herself.
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July 31, 2021 (change July 31, 2021 | 12:50 pm)