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Boggioni, another bronze with the 100 freestyle: “What a thrill, I really didn’t expect it”

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The girl from Pavia wins the second medal in two days. “I have to share this result with many people”

PAVIA. Two races and two bronze medals around the neck. Monica Boggioni from Pavia wins the bronze medal on the 100 style category S5 at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.

The bunting in the Aquatics Center pool plays an extraordinary race, with an amazing second pool, where she went from sixth to third place. If the duel for the gold medal was, as in the 200 style of the day before, a private affair between the English Tully Kearney (1.14: 39) who this time beat the Chinese Li Zhang (1.17: 80), the swimmer. raised in Aics Pavia and now in the Fiamme Oro she flew and with an excellent comeback ended with a time of 1.22: 43 she managed to burn the other British in the race, namely Suzanna Hext (1.22: 49). A radiant Monica Boggioni yesterday evening explained: «In this final I felt much calmer than the one on 200. The sensations were good, even if I was clearly excited because I am still on the blocks of a race that awarded the Olympic medals. Before competing, I convinced myself to try to the end. I had then visualized the final and I knew what I had to do. Honestly, I didn’t have the perception of being so far behind in the first 50 meters and in the second half, breathing only from the right side, I hadn’t seen the Englishman who was in the next lane, but I told myself that I had to give my all to the end. I put into practice what I had prepared in training, the movement, the grip in the water, I increased my speed, I had a great desire to win and when I touched before the Hext it was a wonderful surprise ».

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Two races two medals. «I am very happy – continues Monica – the emotion and the surprise were incredible, because I dreamed of winning a medal in the first Olympic final in the 200 style but it was difficult to imagine and it is also true for the 100 style, given the times of the opponents. Getting on the podium of a Paralympic is a difficult emotion to explain, I was happy in the true sense of the word. It is a result that must be shared with many people and you know that many rejoice with you ».

Four races in two days, between heats and finals, Monica didn’t miss a beat. “We prepared very well – smiles the twenty-three year old from Pavia – both physically with my coach Guy Soffientini and with the athletic trainer Francesco always in Lodi, working with them on the physical part while for the mental one I wanted to be supported by a mental coach, since it is essential. For now I’m satisfied, but after a two-day break, the races start again. Inside I have a mix of serenity, emotions and sensations: I told myself to enjoy the Paralympic event in itself and I must say that I’m doing it. Personal? In the 200 style I went close to it in the drums, in the 100 style I set my record ».maurizio scorbati

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