The circle has closed and the “mystery” has been revealed. There will be 36 Italian swimmers who will go to Tokyo to attack the most particular Olympics ever.
The postponement and Covid era Games want to represent an opportunity for recovery and, why not, for rebirth. The same one that is expected and hoped to have Gregorio Paltrinieri. The blue, struck by mononucleosis, will be there despite everything. A recovery of him to be part of the Five Circles review in which he will compete in the 800 and 1500 freestyle in the pool and in the 10 km in open water. Clearly it will not be 100%, but who knows whether Greg will surprise us once again.A contingent with 21 men and 15 women between the aisles with the youngest Giulia Vetrano, 15 years old on December 5, swimmer of the 4 × 200 style women’s free, and the veteran Federica Pellegrini who will be at the start of the Olympics for the fifth time. She who in 2004 had started her adventure in Athens with that historic silver in the 200 sl will do everything to end her Olympic experience in the best way.
A national team that presents itself, in terms of characteristics, as the complete one more than ever. Proof of this is the record of medals and appearances in the Final at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju (South Korea) and the 2021 European Championships in Budapest, which recently represented the last international event in the Old Continent of some importance before the Games. 5 golds, 9 silvers and 13 bronzes, with the primacy in the ranking by nations, 52 final appearances, 1 world / European record, 11 Italian records and 31 personal records were the numbers of the competition in Hungary.
A record-breaking team, capable of breaking the record of medals obtained in Glasgow (22) three years ago and winning 27 in this continental review of 2021. It should also be considered that of the 27 podiums mentioned, 23 come from Olympic specialties and this clearly feeds hopes and ambitions for the Five Circles event in Tokyo. OA Sport was born on 11 November 2011 as a blog called Olimpiazzurra, and then became a website from 23 June 2012. The current name has been in use since 2015. Nell ‘Over the years our philosophy has never changed: all sports have the same dignity. On our portal the Olympics do not last just 15 days, but 4 years. OA Sport won the award for best sports site at the Macerata Overtime Festival in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.