Federica Pellegrini

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Federica Pellegrini
Federica Pellegrini e Luca Marin (cropped).jpg
Personal information
National team  Italy
Born (1988-08-05) 5 August 1988 (age 29)
Mirano, Italy
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) [1]
Weight 65 kg (143 lb)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club C.C. Aniene
Coach Matteo Giunta

Federica Pellegrini (Italian pronunciation: [fedeˈriːka pelleˈɡriːni]; born 5 August 1988)[2] is an Italian swimmer. A native of Mirano, in the province of Venice, she holds the women's 200 m freestyle world record (long course), and won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. At the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Pellegrini became the first woman ever to break the 4 minute barrier in the 400 m freestyle with a time of 3:59.15.

Pellegrini is the only swimmer − male or female − to have won seven medals in a row in the same event (200 meters freestyle) at the World Championships.[citation needed] She is also the first female Olympic champion in the history of Italian swimming and the only Italian swimmer to have set world records in more than one event.

Biography[edit]

Career[edit]

2004 Olympics[edit]

Pellegrini's first international podium was at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, where she won the silver medal in the 200 m freestyle at the age of 16, becoming the youngest Italian athlete ever to win an Olympic medal in an individual event.

2008[edit]

Pellegrini's first long course gold medal came at the 2008 European Championships in Eindhoven, where she won the 400 m freestyle setting a world record (4:01.53).

At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, she arrived as the world-record holder and favourite for the gold medal in the 400 m freestyle, but only finished 5th in the final. On the same day, she recovered from that disappointment by setting a world record in the heats of the 200 m freestyle; in the final, she broke her own world record (1:54.82) and won her first Olympic gold medal.

Pellegrini also proved her strength in short course events at the 2008 European Short Course Championships in Rijeka when she won the gold medal in the 200 m freestyle at a world-record pace (1:51.85). At the 2009 Mediterranean Games in Pescara, Pellegrini broke the world record in the 400 m freestyle with a time of 4:00.41 to better Joanne Jackson's record of 4:00.66.[3]

2009 World Championships[edit]

At the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Pellegrini broke the world record again in the 400 m freestyle with a time of 3:59.15, winning the gold medal and in doing so becoming the first female swimmer to break the 4 minute barrier in the event; she won the gold medal also in the 200 m freestyle and she broke her own world record with a time of 1:52.98. At 2009 European Short Course Championships in Istanbul she broke the world record in the 200 m freestyle with a time of 1:51.17. At the 2010 European Championships in Budapest Pellegrini won the bronze medal in the 800 m freestyle, behind Lotte Friis and Ophélie-Cyrielle Etienne, and the gold medal in the 200 m freestyle with a time of 1:55.45; in the same year, she announced that she would be working with Laure Manadou's former coach, Philippe Lucas.

2011 World Championships[edit]

At the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, Pellegrini won the gold medal in the 400 m freestyle with a time of 4:01.97, becoming the second female swimmer after Laure Manaudou to win the gold medal in this event at two consecutive World Aquatics Championships. Two days later, she won the gold medal in the 200 m freestyle too with a time of 1:55:58, becoming the first female swimmer ever to win this title at two consecutive editions of the World Aquatics Championships; after the success in Shanghai, she parted ways with her French coach and began working with Federico Bonifacenti.

2012[edit]

In May 2012, she was surprisingly excluded from the final of the 400 metre freestyle at the 2012 European Aquatics Championships, after winning two gold medals in other events (200 metre freestyle and 4 × 200 m freestyle relay) and a bronze medal in 4×100 freestyle relay. [4]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Pellegrini finished fifth in the 400 metres freestyle with a time of 4:04.50 and the 200 metres freestyle with a time of 1:56.73.

2013 World Championships[edit]

After the Olympics, Pellegrini declared she wouldn't take part to 200 and 400 metres freestyle at 2013 World Aquatics Championships to take a gap year. She chose to prepare herself for 200 metres backstroke competition to compete for Italy at World Championships. Anyway, with a last-minute decision, Pellegrini took part to 200 metres freestyle event at 2013 World Championships and eventually won a silver medal with a time of 1:55.14, her best since Rome. Pellegrini won the silver medal behind Missy Franklin.

2015 World Championships[edit]

At the World Aquatics Championships held in Kazan (Russia) in 2015, she won the silver medal in 200 metres freestyle behind Katie Ledecky and ahead of Missy Franklin with a time of 1:55.32, and the silver medal in the 4x200 meter freestyle relay behind the United States. By winning the silver medal in the individual 200 metres freestyle, she became the first female swimmer in history to get a medal in the same event at six consecutive World Championships.

2016[edit]

In May 2016 she competed in European Championships in London and won the 200m freestyle with a time of 1:55.93, beating Femke Heemskerk from Holland.[5][6]

At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Pellegrini competed in the following disciplines:[7] 200 freestyle, and in the 4 × 100 and 4 × 200 m freestyle relays.

Pellegrini missed the podium during the competition, ranking fourth during the 200 m final. Eventually, she stated that failing to win an Olympic medal in the women's 200 metres freestyle final in Rio de Janeiro was so devastating for her that she may consider "making changes to her life".[8]

2017[edit]

Pellegrini competed in a Milan meet on 12 March 2017 and finished first in 100 m freestyle with 54.77 and second in 100 m backstroke with 1:01.59.[9] She competed in Indiana 2017 Arena Pro Swim Series in March 2–4, 2017 and won gold in 200 m freestyle with a time of 1:56.07.[10][11] At the World Aquatics Championships held in Budapest, she won the gold medal in 200 metres freestyle ahead of both Katie Ledecky and Emma McKeon with a time of 1:54.73. This was the first Ledecky's loss at a major event. By winning the gold medal in the individual 200 metres freestyle, she became the first swimmer ever to get a medal in the same event at seven consecutive World Championships. She competed in the 100 metres freestyle too.

Private life[edit]

Since August 2011, Pellegrini has been in a relationship with swimmer Filippo Magnini,[12] having previously been engaged to another teammate, Luca Marin.[13]

Personal bests[edit]

Pellegrini currently holds 1 world records (WR), 3 European records (ER) and 10 National records (NR). Her personal bests (as of the 30 July 2009) are:

Event Long course (year) Short course (year)
50 m freestyle 25.47 (2004) 25.02 (2004)
100 m freestyle 53.18 (2016) Sport records icon NR.svg 52.17 (2016) Sport records icon NR.svg
200 m freestyle 1:52.98 (2009) World record 1:51.17 (2009) World record
400 m freestyle 3:59.15 (2009) Sport records icon ER.svg 3:57.59 (2011) Sport records icon NR.svg
800 m freestyle 8:24.99 (2010) 8:15.20 (2010)
100 m backstroke 1.00.69 (2013) 58.80 (2013)
200 m backstroke 2:08.05 (2013) 2:03.75 (2013) Sport records icon NR.svg
200 m butterfly 2:08.69 (2013)
4×50 m freestyle relay 1:37.56 (2013) Sport records icon NR.svg
4 × 100 m freestyle relay 3:39.18 Sport records icon NR.svg 3:39.18 (2006) Sport records icon NR.svg
4 × 200 m freestyle relay 7:46.57 (2009) Sport records icon NR.svg 7:50.39 (2006) Sport records icon NR.svg
4×50 m medley relay 1:47:05 (2008) Sport records icon NR.svg
4 × 100 m medley relay 4:04.90 (2008) Sport records icon NR.svg

International championships (50 m)[edit]

Meet 100 free 200 free 400 free 800 free 200 back 4×100 free 4×200 free 4×100 medley 4×100 mixed free 4×100 mixed medley
WC 2003 8th[a]
EC 2004 4th 5th 4th
OG 2004 10th 2nd, silver medalist(s) 10th DSQ(h)
WC 2005 10th 2nd, silver medalist(s) 5th
EC 2006 heats[b] 6th 5th DSQ(h)
WC 2007 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5th 13th 10th
EC 2008 DSQ(h) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
OG 2008 1st, gold medalist(s) 5th 10th 4th 14th
WC 2009 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 4th
EC 2010 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
WC 2011 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 13th 14th
EC 2012 1st, gold medalist(s) 10th 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
OG 2012 5th 5th 12th 7th 11th
WC 2013 2nd, silver medalist(s) 9th 10th 7th DSQ(h)
EC 2014 1st, gold medalist(s) 4th 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 5th
WC 2015 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6th 2nd, silver medalist(s) 5th
EC 2016 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 5th 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s)
OG 2016 4th 6th 13th 8th
WC 2017 15th 1st, gold medalist(s) 10th 8th 5th 8th
a Pellegrini swam only in the heats
b Pellegrini qualified from the heats, but scratched the semi finals

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Federica Pellegrini". rio2016.com. Retrieved 31 July 2017. 
  2. ^ "Olympics". sports-reference. Archived from the original on 18 July 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  3. ^ http://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/lane9/news/21514.asp#RT Archived 2013-05-13 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Nuoto: Pellegrini shock, "forse sono malata"; oro 4x100 misti" (in Italian). agi.it. Archived from the original on 29 May 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "European Aquatics Championships | London 2016". london2016.microplustiming.com. Retrieved 2017-03-19. 
  6. ^ Deportes Plus (2016-05-21), Women 200m Freestyle FINAL European Swimming Championships London 2016, retrieved 2017-03-19 
  7. ^ "Federica Pellegrini - Athlete's Page". Rio2016 Official Website. Archived from the original on 11 August 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "Pellegrini gutted by missing Olympic podium in 200m freestyle final". Adnkronos International, Rome. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "Nuoto, Detti sorprende Greg nei 1500 Primo k.o. di Paltrinieri dal 2013". La Gazzetta dello Sport - Tutto il rosa della vita (in Italian). Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  10. ^ "200m results". 
  11. ^ USA Swimming (2017-03-06), Women’s 200 Freestyle A Final | 2017 arena Pro Swim Series at Indianapolis, retrieved 2017-03-19 
  12. ^ "Filippo Magnini and Federica Pellegrini pose naked in Vanity Fair". swimmersdaily.com. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "Luca Marin on how Federica Pellegrini split up with him". swimmersdaily.com. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 

External links[edit]

Records
Preceded by
Franziska van Almsick
Laure Manaudou
Women's 200 metre freestyle
world record holder (long course)

27 March 2007 – 28 March 2007
11 August 2008 – present
Succeeded by
Laure Manaudou
Incumbent
Preceded by
Coralie Balmy
Women's 200 metre freestyle
world record holder (short course)

14 December 2008 – 7 December 2014
Succeeded by
Sarah Sjöström
Preceded by
Joanne Jackson
Women's 400 metre freestyle
world record holder (long course)

27 June 2009 – August 2014
Succeeded by
Katie Ledecky
Awards
Preceded by
Stephanie Rice
World Swimmer of the Year
2009
Succeeded by
Rebecca Soni
Preceded by
Rebecca Adlington
European Swimmer of the Year
2009–2011
Succeeded by
Ranomi Kromowidjojo
Preceded by
Valentina Vezzali
Francesca Schiavone
Italian Sportswoman of the Year
2008-2009
2011
Succeeded by
Francesca Schiavone
Elisa Di Francisca
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Valentina Vezzali
Flagbearer for Italy
Rio de Janeiro 2016
Succeeded by
Incumbent