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Swimming, Europeans at the start: for Italy already 4 medals


Gold by Razzetti and bronze by Matteazzi in the men's 400 medley, silver 4x200 sl and women's synchro (ANSA)

Four finals and four medals:

two silvers, one gold and one bronze


If a good day starts in the morning, Italy promises a great European swimming.

The first day of competitions in Rome was a success for the Azzurri on the long wave of the victories at the World Cup in Budapest.

The first medal, in fact, is not long in coming and is a silver in the technical team at the first useful final.

The team formed by Domiziana Cavanna, Linda Cerruti, Costanza Di Camillo, Costanza Ferro, Gemma Galli, Marta Iacoacci, Marta Murru and Enrica Piccoli

reaches the score of 90.3772, proposing to the audience of the Pietrangeli stadium the exercise that had earned him the bronze in the last world championships.

And, precisely the synchro, acts as a watershed between the eliminatory heats in the morning and the first finals of the afternoon, preceded by the opening ceremony presided over by the number one of the FIN, Paolo Barelli.

"After Covid and all the worries we are finally back to normal life, we want to be organizers of an event that promotes the image of an efficient Italy", said the president of Federnuoto.

The mayor of Rome, Roberto Gualtieri, and of the Lazio Region, Nicola Zingaretti, speak of "sport festival".

And a sports party becomes especially for Italy with a real shower of medals.

The first Italian gold of these Europeans is by

Alberto Razzetti

in the 400 medley and happiness is irrepressible.

"It is difficult to describe this emotion, it is absurd, I have goosebumps. Being able to make the whole audience sing the hymn was crazy", he says, after the success obtained with a time of 4'10 "60. Only the Hungarian David Verraszto intervened in the blue double with

Pier Andrea Matteazzi


still brought home the bronze. And the four male relay runners in the 4x200 freestyle just failed to hear the Italian anthem.

Galossi, Gabriele Detti and Stefano Di Cola

stop in second place with a time of 7'06 "25, touching the comeback on Hungary.

And an important role was played by the public of Rome.

"He pushed us a lot but we did it also between us, with each other. All very good", compliments the satisfied team Gabriele Detti after the silver won in the 4x200 relay at the European Swimming Championships in Rome.

"A ransom after the missed final of the World Championships in Budapest", defined Di Cola who closed the race.

The women's relay in 4x200 freestyle does not find the podium

with Alice Mizzau, Linda Caponi, Noemi and Antonietta Cesarano who are in fourth place.

A first day, however, closed in first place in the medal table and with other podiums that can arrive tomorrow with the finals of Thomas Ceccon's 50 male butterfly or Martinenghi's 100 breaststroke.

In the women it will be Silvia Di Pietro and Chiara Tarantino's turn to try to reach a medal in the 100 freestyle, while Margherita Panziera is the favorite of the 200 backstroke.

Finally, great expectations for Gregorio Paltrinieri.

Tomorrow, while waiting for the tests in open water, he will make his debut in heats in the 800 freestyle and the goal was declared at the beginning of Europe: five medals in as many tests. 

Source: ansa

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