Budapest, the Duna Arena: these are the places of the heart for Simona Quadarella who, on the banks of the Danube, lived magical days in the 2017 World Cup and went to take as an authentic outsider the first world bronze of a career that, in the following four years, would have brought to the top of the world, repeatedly to the top of Europe and also to the Olympic podium at the first, coveted, presence in Cinque Cerchi.
In Tokyo a circle has closed for Simona Quadarella, which had opened in Hungary, and from Riccione, the Italian championships that qualify for the Budapest World Cup, another one with a smaller diameter could open up to Paris. The Spring Quadarella hardly made fans and aficionados roll their eyes, indeed sometimes it has dragged some perplexities with it and once again the tricolor races will be seen from this point of view.
The Roman middle-distance runner did not force herself in the short course season and still got some good satisfaction: she needed to breathe after the Olympic sprint that drained physical and mental energy to win the coveted Five-Circles medal. Restarting with momentum would have been necessary for something the World Cup had been in Fukuoka in May but the move to Budapest in June still advised caution and tranquility, even if there was work and also with heavy loads. It is useless to go around it: for Simona Quadarella, Roman, reigning champion in three specialties, the main goal is to appear well at the European Championships at home and be a great protagonist in the August event at the Foro Italico, even if this does not exclude the possibility of do well in Budapest too.
The preparation for Riccione, from what can be understood from the words of Christian Minotti, is aimed at achieving the goal of qualification, all that will come more will be all good. The important thing is that nothing less than that would turn on the red alarm light but the Roman middle-distance runner trained according to plan, she had no physical problems in this phase of preparation and therefore there is no concern.
The idea, among other things, is to participate in all three races of which Simona Quadarella is the reigning European champion and therefore also in the 400 freestyle, in addition to the 800 and 1500 in which, at the moment, in Italy, the only credible rival is Martina Rita Caramignoli who has shared many finals with Quadarella and also some international podiums in the last three seasons.