Simona Quadarella won gold in the 1500 freestyle at the World Swimming Championships underway in Gwangju , South Korea. The 20-year-old Roman won with a time of 15’40 ″ 89, a new Italian record that improves the one scored by Alessia Filippi at the 2009 World Championships in Rome (15’44 ″ 93). Behind her the German Sarah Kohler (15’48 ″ 83) and the Chinese Jianjiahe Wang (15’51 ″ 00). Absent the reigning champion and world record holder, the American Katie Ledecky, best time in battery who gave up due to an intestinal virus.
It is hard for her to hold back her tears, Simona:
I heard about Ledecky’s absence this morning, I stayed a bit like that. I said to myself ‘good is an opportunity’. I was lucky but luck goes to those who commit themselves because I was there after her. I was hoping to win from the start. Before the race Cristian Minotti asked me what you think
I replied ‘I want to win’ and he, ‘fine but you have to use your head’ and so it was. I couldn’t wait to get in the water and compete, I knew I was going to win. It’s too good, I still don’t believe it. The last two have been fantastic years, after the 2017 Budapest bronze and the Glasgow three gold medals, we hope to continue for other years, not just the next one when the Games are around. Every race I win I enjoy more and more ..

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SIMONA QUADARELLA and WORLD CHAMPION !!! She wins the 1500 freestyle ten years after another Roman, Alessia Filippi, from whom she asked for autographs at the Foro Italico during the world championship in the capital and from which she now also subtracts the ITALIAN RECORD! . . #wonderful #swimming #blues #worldchampion #italnuoto # gwangju2019 # finagwangju2019. .
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Bronze for Carraro in the women’s 100 breaststroke
The triumphal day of blue swimming is also enriched with a bronze: Martina Carraro wins it in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1’06 ”36. It is the first time that an Italian has reached the world podium in the specialty. Gold medal for the American Lilly King in 1’04 “93, silver for the Russian Yuliya Efimova in 1’05” 49. Eighth place for the other blue Arianna Castiglioni in 1.07.06 . «I’m not understanding it much, it seemed to me that I was more wrong than in the semifinals. When I hit third I didn’t believe it. I cried, an incredible emotion », are the first words of Martina Carraro. “I am honored to be the first Italian to win a world champion medal in the breaststroke – added the Genoese swimmer – And then, I was on the podium with King and Efimova, I have no words … I saw the medal close to me, I could play there: I believed but I was not fixed ».

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“I knew it would be difficult, but possible”. MARTINA CARRARO climbs on the podium of the 100 breaststroke bringing the Italian record 🇮🇹 which she held with Arianna Castiglioni. . #azzurri #italnuoto #meravigliosi # gwangju2019 # finagwangju2019 #roadto
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Pellegrini in the final in the 200 with the best time Federica Pellegrini
also smiles, in the final in the 200 freestyle with the best time (1’55 ″ 14). Final also for Fabio Scozzoli in the 50 breaststroke. The blue won his semifinal and also set the new Italian record of 26 ″ 70. The best time ever and that of the British Adam Peaty, who dominated his semifinal in 26 ″ 11. Out with the 14th time Nicolo Martinenghi (27 ″ 31). Final in the 200 butterfly for Federico Burdisso, sixth overall in 1’55 ″ 92. The best is the Hungarian Kristof Milak in 1’52 “96.

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