Swimming: Paltrinieri’s third effort, silver in the 5 km – Swimming

Gregorio Paltrinieri’s silver and Giulia Gabbrielleschi’s bronze mark the second day of the open water swimming world championships at Lupa Lake and bring the blue booty to seventeen world championship medals, beating the previous one in Budapest 2017 when Italnuoto got on the podium 12 times. Gregorio Paltrinieri, after the bronze in the relay, climbs a step and grabs second place in the 5-kilometer world championship won by the Olympian and reigning 10-kilometer champion Florian Wellbrock in 52’48 “8. The twenty-eight year old from Carpi, returned to the world throne of the 1500 freestyle, he won his first individual medal at the cross-country world championships with a race in the wake of the German and finished in 52’52 “7, at +3” 9.

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The podium is completed by the Ukrainian Olympic vice-champion of the 1500 freestyle Mykhailo Romanchuk (53’13 “9), for the first time entered in a cross-country race that celebrates proudly waving the Ukrainian flag on the podium. Fourth, in a race all sacrifice and suffering, Domenico Acerenza (53’22 “6). Paltrinieri, at the umpteenth test of character of an endless career, made of glory and honors but also of sweat and defeats from which to start again, recognizes Wellbrock’s strength: “With him I find it hard to swim head to head – he admits – I understood at two kilometers that I would not have made it – reveals the athlete of Fiamme Oro and Coopernuoto – We are fighting not to let one go in front of the other. We pushed from the beginning; we shelled the group. It’s the race which I like. With him, however, there is no story in the end, if he passes it is difficult to keep up with him with those high legs and the increasing pace “. “This silver – underlines Paltrinieri – is however of enormous value because there were all the greatest in the world including the Hungarian champion Kristof Rasovsky. It is not easy to do many races in the same championship, there is great fatigue and the calendar does not help. . The technical commission reassured me, telling me that they are considering modifying the program for the next world championship to guarantee us a break between swimming in the pool and open water. Now there is a day of rest to recharge in view of the Olympic distance. It will be. another type of race and we’ll see what happens. ” A fourth place behind the phenomena for Acerenza, author of a race of suffering and determination always attached to the first. “The pace of the first ones was almost unbearable, they are phenomena – he says -. I managed to stay with them with difficulty; the last meters I had cramps and I was already being helped by the doctors at the finish – he says laughing – A little rest there he wanted; we hope in the ten kilometers to repeat a good result “