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Swimming, Benedetta Pilato as protagonist towards Riccione: not only the 50 breaststroke in the mind of the Taranto woman


From one “blender” to another, Benedetta Pilato is not afraid of new challenges and has already dispelled the doubts of those who insinuated at the end of 2021 that swimming was no longer one of the priorities of her life. The Olympic year was a concentrate of emotions and emotions for the very young Taranto runner who, among records, the European title, the qualification for Tokyo, the Olympic disappointment and the continental and world podiums in short course, certainly did not spare herself.

She pulled the plug for a few months, but without giving up training and technical improvement, also linked to change and physical growth, normal in a 17-year-old girl, and seems to have reset everything and be restarted in the best way, if it is It is true that at the Criteria, unrivaled at the height, he has already swum on his best times, giving a glimpse of an already enviable condition and to be refined in view of the Absolutes of Riccione that qualify for the World Championship.

That World Cup that made her known at an absolute level three years ago when, in Gwangju, in the 50 breaststroke she bowed only to the queen of the specialty, Lilly King. Three years later Benedetta Pilato has grown physically and tactically and has the dream of demonstrating to everyone how much it is worth even on the Olympic distance, the 100 breaststroke, which will see her busy from next year onwards in view of the most important appointment of the three-year period, the Paris Olympic Games in 2024.

In the meantime, this year there are many successes to repeat, many podiums to defend, starting, in fact, from the silver world champion, up to the European title won last year in Budapest and the European podium in short. The curiosity is to understand if it will be possible to see again, on the long course, the arrembante Pilate of the best days, the one who gets up on the water and punches her with such a frenzied rhythm that it is almost unsustainable for all rivals, the mix of power. and technique that has made this little girl from Puglia the reality for the present and the hope for the future of an ever younger and more solid Italian swimming.