Pel­le­grini tar­gets fifth Games at Tokyo 2020

Manila Times - - Sports -

For­mer Olympic swim­ming cham­pion Fed­er­ica Pel­le­grini con­firmed on Satur­day ( Sun­day in Manila) that she will con­tinue com­pet­ing un­til the Tokyo 2020 which will be the Ital­ian star’s fifth Sum­mer Games.

Pel­le­grini, 30, won 200m freestyle gold at the 2008 Bei­jing Olympics and is the world record holder over the dis­tance.

She also won sil­ver in the 200m freestyle at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

The five- time world cham­pion had been con­sid­er­ing re­tir­ing this season, but she told Ital­ian sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport: “The de­ci­sion is made. It’s what I wanted, I didn’t want to stop like that.”

Pel­le­grini— the first woman to break the four- minute bar­rier in the 400m freestyle at the 2009 world cham­pi­onships in Rome — has been fo­cus­ing on the 100m freestyle since 2017.

But she said she has not de­cided which event she will tar­get in Tokyo.

“I can say that I’m not giv­ing up on the speed project. Af­ter the 2019 world cham­pi­onships we’ll draw the first con­clu­sions.”

Pel­le­grini, who car­ried the Ital­ian flag at the 2016 Rio Olympics open­ing cer­e­mony, had said she was con­sid­er­ing her fu­ture af­ter miss­ing out on a podium fin­ish at the past two Olympics.


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