“I retire”, a bolt from the blue in Italian sport: terrified fans. The news has been making the rounds on the web in these hours, throwing discouragement
One of the greatest interpreters of our swimming has declared that she will stop after the Paris 2024 Olympics. Margherita Panziera has hoarded medals at the last European Championships in Rome.
Bad news has hit the world of Italian sport and more precisely that of I swim. One of the greatest champions of this period, Margaret Panziera, he announced that he will stop with the competitive activity after Paris 2024 Olympics.
Another intense two-year period before hanging up the headset. It will certainly be an important legacy from him, going to see what he has achieved so far and what he can achieve in these last appointments of his career. She has definitely risen to world prominence thanks to a super European Championship in Rome, last summer. He took the title in the 100 and 200 backstroke. This also allowed her to detach the pass by right the World Championships in short course.
From 13 to 18 December, in fact we will see her busy with the blue expedition to Australia, with the idea of consolidating her position as a top international leader.
Margherita Panziera, bolt from the blue in Italian sport: “I retire”
The athlete of Montebelluna27 years old, competes under the flag of Fiamme Oro and the Aniene Rowing Club. In his career he can boast a bronze medal in the World Championships in short course, 4 golds 2 silvers and 3 bronzes at the European Championships and 1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze at the European short tank championships.
Therefore, the acute is missing both at the Olympics and at the World Championships over 50 metres. To arrive in the best way towards Paris 2024 must try to do well already a Melbourne and in these days he is completing his preparation in Rome with his faithful coach Gianluca Belfiore.
In a recent interview with OASport.it told what are his goals and his journey from now to Olympic Games.
The Panziera program: from the short-course World Championships in Melbourne to the Paris 2024 Olympics
The start of the season hasn’t been particularly intense, but everything is concentrated towards next summer.
“I started soft also because I’m aiming for the World Championships in Fukuoka in July (long course, ed). Certainly Melbourne, even if a passing stage, is always a high-level international competition and this kind of competition gives incentives to train at the best”.
Right on Melbourne Margherita Panziera then adds: “I aim to enter the final in the 200m backstroke, I don’t know my rivals yet, but I hope so. It would be nice to be able to improve on fifth place at the World Cup (his best result in his career, ed). Also because for me the goal is always to improve myself, I am above all in competition with myself, before with others”.
The bolt from the blue instead concerns the future, with the announcement of the possible withdrawal in 2024: “After Olympic Games I will be 29 years old. Age begins to take its toll. It’s getting difficult for me to be a professional athlete. There are others who manage to continue and do it very well. I would like to be able to do something else in life and I believe that we need to understand when it’s the right time to stop with serenity and happy with our choice. But now I say so, then maybe I change my mind…”.
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“I retire”, a bolt from the blue in Italian sport: terrified fans
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