Federica Pellegrini, Italian swimming star, winner of two Olympic medals and world titles in her long career, will say goodbye to swimming at the Riccione Swimming Stadium, where in 2009 the Italian achieved the world record in the 200 freestyle.
In the same pool on November 30 and December 1, she Italian champion will end her long career. Giuseppe Solfrini, president of Polisportiva Riccione Swimming, said: "The fact that she has chosen to end her competitive career here that we saw her grow as a young girl struck us.
It is an important moment for me and for the club: I am president since 2009 or since that world record was set in Italy. The choice could have fallen on our stadium precisely because in Riccione Federica has set a world record.
But not only that, here she has played all the Italian championships and won them all since 2009. And she also did internships when she was coached by French Philippe Lucas. In short, we have always considered her to be at home and I think she has always enjoyed herself.
Six or seven historical opponents of Federica Pellegrini will arrive here in Riccione to pay tribute to her. Katie Ledecky for sure. Let's say a good load of medals, and moreover, after the two hundred meters races, they will all be protagonists of a demonstration race on the fifty meters.
Federica has a determined character animated by a strong motivation. We have always had a good relationship linked to each other's activities. But she with us she was very friendly to her. She once she came to the office after an Italian championship and she made a video to wish Christmas to all the boys who had collaborated in the success of the races.
We didn't expect it. I'll tell you personally: she gave us a nice gift. It is not certain that someone will repeat what Federica Pellegrini has done."
Caeleb Dressel has chosen his new coach
Specialist in freestyle and butterfly, Caeleb Dressel is the world record holder in the 100m butterfly as well as the 50m freestyle in short course, 100m mixed in short course, 100m butterfly in short course and US records in 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle in long course.
At the Gwangju 2019 world championships, during the semifinal of the 100 meters butterfly he set the new world record for the specialty, with a time of 49 "50, improving by 32 cents the record that belonged to compatriot Michael Phelps.
In the Korean world championships, Dressel conquers 6 gold and 2 silver medals. At the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Dressel wins gold in the 50 meters and 100 meters freestyle (setting the Olympic record on both occasions), the 100 meters butterfly (setting the new world record), as well as in the 4x100m relay.
freestyle and 4x100 mixed meters, winning five gold medals. Now, according to his Instagram, the American star has changed his coach. Indeed Dressel is moving from Gregg Troy to Anthony Nesty, who succeeded Troy as UF men’s head coach in 2018, and Steve Jungbluth, the UF men’s associate head coach.
Just on Instagram, Caeleb wrote: "I am beyond grateful for this opportunity to be in this training environment with this very special, talented, and driven team. I appreciate every coach who has been a part of my life and I feel whole knowing I will still have Coach Troy as a mentor, friend, and most importantly a role model forever in my life. This man has taught me more than he will ever know in and out of the water. Let’s get to work."