Pellegrini confident after record-breaking performance

Federations News

Italy's best swimming clubs were in Ostia (Roma) for the "coppa Brema" on March 5-6. Federica Pellegrini's club, "Aniene", won both team titles (men's and women's), repeating their 2010 double success. The meet was the year's first competitive event for Pellegrini, since the beginning of her French "adventure" with coach Philippe Lucas early February.

On the last day, a lightning illuminated the "coppa Brema"'s final: her name is Federica Pellegrini. The Italian swimming diva, in a brief appearance in Rome (in the same evening, she had returned from the race to Paris to resume training) was able to bring the winning support to her club "Aniene", thus not only reconfirming their 2010 double success, but also overturning Alessia Filippi's domination in the 400m freestyle.

The two-time World champion scored an impressive 3:57.59 in the 400m freestyle (25m), breaking a national record and establishing the seventh best all-time performance (and the year's second best). "I am very happy", said Pellegrini. "It is an unexpected result given the amount of work that I am bearing. More than the record, it is important to register the confirmation of the training's beneficial effect. I managed to race in negative-split because I knew I did not have much speed. I go back to Paris with further confirmation and a great enthusiasm," she continued.

More news: After many years without hosting a international swimming event, high-level competition is back in Milano, Italy’s economic capital. This week-end, March 11-13, the swimming pool located in via Mecenate will be the theatre of the first Trophy “Città di Milano”, a long-course aquatic rendezvous which Italian swimmers will use as a test for the National Championships in April, qualifying event for the World Championships in Shanghai (CHN) in July. 

Among those to watch at the event will be two-time World champion in 100m freestyle Filippo Magnini, European champion and World vice-champion in short-course Fabio Scozzoli, and Massimiliano Rosolino as well, who has been registered for two years with the organisers of the meeting.

Will take part also Federico Colbertaldo, Marco Orsi, Luca Dotto, Samuel Pizzetti and Caterina Giacchetti. Big names of the international swimming scene are not missing either, with in the lead Serbia’s Milorad Cavic and also the hungarian delegation with Mutina, Verraszto and Jakabos.