Genoa – A magical night for the Italy of swimming in Tokyo. A silver and a bronze arrive that project the blues into a stellar dimension. The story is written by four guys who make speed their daily bread, Alessandro Miressi, Thomas Ceccon, Lorenzo Zazzeri and Manuel Frigo. Second place behind the unattainable USA with a time of 3’10 ”11. Never, in the history of the Olympics, has a fast blue relay team managed to get on the podium. Only once, in 2004 in Athens a quartet did it, with the bronze of the 4×200 freestyle. But today we are on stellar levels. In Italy it is about to become morning when Alessandro Miressi opens hostilities with 47 ”72 against a devastating Caleb Dressel. The new graft Thomas Ceccon signs 47 ”44 (half an hour from the semifinal of the 100 backstrokes, demonstrating his maturity) with an ease of swimming as a predestined one. Lorenzo Zazzeri, the Florentine artist, even tries to put his nose in front of the Americans. It wraps slightly in turns but gives the last change in 47 ”31. The last 100 is for Manuel Frigo, on paper the weakest. But the boy from Cittadella, who still does not believe he is at the Olympics, puts the icing on the masterpiece: 47 ”63. All under 48 “. A relay that only qualified for the five-circle games in April is now on top of the world. The story is written and also Santo Condorelli must be included, who in the drums gave his contribution in the second fraction instead of Thomas Ceccon. For the USA it was a time of 3’08 ”97.
The quartet’s silver closes a night of strong emotions. Like the one given by Nicolò Martinenghi who rewrites the history of the blue frog. Twenty-one years after Domenico Fioravanti’s double at Sidney 2020, the predestined arrives, the eternal promise that becomes great in Tokyo. The Lombard is bronze in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 58 ”33. In front of him the English Martian Adam Peaty (57 ”37) and the Dutch Arno Kamminga (58” 00). Tete is splendid from the dive, to the finish. But he is masterful as he confirms the last part, when still in push he tries to recover cents from the first two, when the podium is now certain “I have dreamed of these last 15 meters in every training I have done. Now it is reality. I have a cascade of emotions on me that maybe I will be able to fully understand only in a few days. An Olympic podium is an indescribable joy. I struggled to fall asleep, too many thoughts. I didn’t think I could do it, but then in the race I only thought about swimming and when I looked at the scoreboard I thought it was worth doing everything. To fall, to get up and finally I’m no longer just a promise. “
As well as Thomas Ceccon who, before winning the silver in the relay, had swam a fabulous 100 backstroke battery. 52 “78. Fourth time to enter the final and the possibility of dreaming.
The same dream that Martina Carraro has been living since 4 this night. The Genoese managed to fulfill the dream of a life, a career, the Olympic final. Not without difficulty. Because if the evening’s heat had been simple, the semifinal wasn’t easy at all. The girl from Molassana brought class and experience into the water. Maturity and heart. Starting too slow in the second semifinal. Slow transition to 50 in 31 ”77. Seventh place that is scary. But the 28-year-old born in Sciorba, world bronze in 2019, has the qualities of a champion in her arms and head. He gets rid of the tension, increases the frequency and swims 50 meters with his eyes closed. He crushes to the lane to take advantage of the wake of the strongest. He wants the final He wants it very strongly .. 34 ”73 to get third place with 1’06” 50. Seventh overall time, but the dream of a lifetime has arrived. And now it doesn’t stop there. The Genoese, with Sam Giorgio’s flag in her bag, delivered to her by the Municipality of Genoa, will finally be able to think big on the night between Monday and Tuesday, free from any pressure. “I am proud of what I have done. I hit the target of the final and now I want to have fun. It wasn’t easy. Here everything is beautiful, even if the audience is missing, but the times are dilated. I finished at 9pm. It took three hours to get to the village between checks and more. Then dinner is in the room. But knowing you have 6 hours to sleep and play everything you’ve worked your life for in just over a minute, it’s not easy to fall asleep. This is part of the game. And it’s a beautiful game. We were all more contracted than in the morning. Now I’m taking my 24 hours off. I enjoy them knowing that I am in the top 8 at the Tokyo Olympics and then down in the water doing what I love to do. It will be a great race. We are all on the same level. Whoever is better at managing all emotions will win. ” The American Lilly King and the South African Tatjana Schoenmaker seem to have an edge. But for the bronze it is legitimate that Genoa dreams of swimming. Martina is the third Italian to hit an Olympic final in the 100 breaststroke. Before her the rapallina Monica Bonon in 1980 in Moscow and Manuela dalal Valle in 1992 in Barcelona.
In the morning (0re 12.09) debut for Federica Pellegrini in her 200 freestyle. Battery number 3 lane number 4. And then in the night the semifinals. With Titmus and Ledecky who have already shown their value in the 400m final won by the very young Australian.
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