Swimming World Championships, Quadarella-show: gold medal in the 800 freestyle. Silver for Miressi in the 100 meters


By John

Extraordinary and exciting feat Simona Quadarella who won the 800 freestyle world title. This is the second gold medal for the champion Roman swimmer World Cup in Doha after the one conquered in recent days in the 1500 freestyle. The Italian was the protagonist of what was the most beautiful and exciting final of the Doha World Cup which will end tomorrow. The 25-year-old Roman athlete, standard bearer of the Aniene Rowing Club, was the author of a perfect performance from a tactical point of view. Quadarella won in 8’17″44, leaving the stubborn German Isabel Gose by just nine hundredths of a second and the New Zealander Erika Fairweather by 4″82, who had been the protagonist in the opening stages of the race. Quadarella and Gose gave life to a challenge on the edge of cents, pool after pool. In the last pool, the Italian launched the attack to which the Teutonic tried to respond but when she touched the plate she had to settle for silver. Simona Quadarella had never won the double world championship gold 800-1500 freestyle, which instead happened three times at the European Championships (2018, 2021 and 2022), at the Universiade (2017) and at the European Youth Championships (2014).

«It is a pride to be the second Italian to have won this medal (51 years after Novella Calligaris, ed.) – said the Roman -. I thought I wouldn’t make it because the others started really strong but also thanks to experience I managed to achieve this great result.”

The other medal

Alessandro Miressi wins silver in the 100 freestyle at the swimming world championships in Doha. In the final the Italian finished in second place with a time of 47.72 behind the Chinese Zanie Pan, who took gold in 47.53. «One of the most tiring races I’ve ever done but I’m really happy. After the gold in the 1500m this is a wonderful world championship. Now I can work calmly for the Olympics and I really have a great incentive.”