Federica Pellegrini ended her career today, during the first day of the 2021 Italian Winter Short Course Championships.
After winning the last gold of her career in the women’s 200m free, Pellegrini was joined in the pool by six of her historic rivals: Femke Heemskerk, Sarah Sjostrom, Camelia Potec, Sara Isakovic, Evelyn Verraszto and Alice Mizzau.
Lane 1 was empty, but is symbolically occupied by the late French champion Camille Muffat. Her cap was resting on the block.
She called them “swimming friends” and together with her they dove into the water for a very exciting 50-meter freestyle.
They swam loose until the 25-meter turn, then, they all went to lane #4 to celebrate Federica.
At the wall, the president of CONI (the Italian National Olympic Committee) Giovanni Malagò waited to pay tribute, before diving into the water with her.
These are the images captured by the Italian photo agency Deepbluemedia.
It will be cool to see her first race photo next to her last…
That dude going in the water has poor streamline
See ya in a month.
Joking aside, a very heartfelt congratulations on an awesome career.
Shoulda called it:
Federica Pellegrini‘s last race: 7th Edition
I’m not not tearing up over here