Federica Pellegrini, Lioness Of Verona, Roars Yet: 1:54.55, Her Fastest 200 In Textile

Federica Pellegrini  - set to add another gem to the vault? - by Patrick B. Kraemer
Federica Pellegrini - set to add another gem to the vault? - by Patrick B. Kraemer

The gauntlet is chucked: 2008 Olympic champion Federica Pellegrini, of Italy, just cracked 1:55 for the first time ever in one textile suit over 200m freestyle. Sweden’s Michelle Coleman on 1:55.88 chasing

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Bad Anon

Beautiful swim. Fantastic effort… Statement swim…. Big question, whether she’ll be faster in Rio racing at midnight for Olympic medals….. With tapering and shaving I hope she can go faster. Just hope Fede and Ledecky will be in adjacent lanes!!! …..most likely lanes 4&5

aswimfan

Just like what I wrote in the previous Sette Coli article, now we know what kind of time Pellegrini will swim in Rio. Judging from recent past results, not faster than 1:54.5, but in life and statistics, there’s always exception, so hopefully she can be faster in Rio.

Bad Anon

I think if she races in a lane next to Ledecky she’ll be a very close second and that may reflect on the clock. In Kazan she used Missy as her mouse and she out toched her 1.55.32 to 1.55.49 but was 0.16 behind Ledecky…. If she’ll going after Ledecky in Rio she can swim a much faster time than Kazan and even crack 1.54.00

commonwombat

US Trials will fill out the picture but La Fede has certainly thrown down a worthwhile “marker”. I do think BA’s scenario DOES have some credence.

Yozhik

We have practically no fresh news from Sarah Sjostrom. After this race of Pellegrini I’m beginning to believe that probability of Sjostrom getting no medal at all at freestyle is getting higher than probability to win gold medals from 50 through 200.
Very powerful and intimidating statement was made by Federica Pellegrini. But the same question from last year still puzzles me. Is it wise to improve personal bests at 100 and 200 just one months prior major competition at the more or less low profile meets?

Yozhik

Deserves a really close attention 0.4sec improvement of personal best by Boglarka Kapas. 1:58.05 doesn’t make her a contender for the medal at this distance but it is a strong indicator that the personal best at 400 will follow. And that is the distance where her chances for medal are high.

aswimfan

I think Fede (and the Italian contingent) regularly use Sette Colli as dress rehearsal for the Olympics or World Championships.
Obviously not fully-tapered, but likely at least partially rested.

So I am not surprised at all with the fast results. There’s one thing that some people may forgot:
In Sette Colli, there’s only heats and final, while in Rio there will be 3 rounds. On top of that, in Foro Italico, Fede could just float the prelims and got into final, so it’s basically a one off fast swim. While in Rio she will have to swim 2 fast rounds close to maximum speed and final in maximum speed. Not as easy.

commonwombat

Don’t think heats will need anywhere near maximum; quick enough certainly but would tend to think 1.56mid should at least get you through to semis. From then on, certainly digital extraction required.

massimiliano gallus

Fede came down from Sierra Nevada only a week ago, after 3 weeks of hard training. She’s in heavy training, no rest. Her last gym session on thursday: 2 hours. Hope much faster from her, 1’53, maybe faster if taper goes well.

Craig Lord

“1:53 maybe faster” I think that highly unlikely, massimiliano – Federica was in terrific peak form at just the right age 2009-2011 over 200m free. If she cracks 1:54 in Rio, that would be a phenomenal swim. Cracking 1:53 would be otherworldly.

Yozhik

It is amazing how just one race can change dramatically fan’s opinion. When Pellegrini failed to go under 1:55 this spring and McKeon succeeded with that then Pellegrini’s chances for medal looked grim. Now we are hearing about possible sub 1:53 and definite sub 1:54.

ThereaLuigi

it’s highly unlikely for Fede to even break 1:54. I knew she had a textile sub 1:55 in her (as did everyone else, truth be told), and she finally delivered. I think she has already done enough. If she can swim a similar time to this in Rio, she will go out not with a gold medal, but knowing that she gave her best, and thus with no regrets.

aswimfan

I agree with you ThereaLuigi,
as everyone in Swimvortex know, Fede is my #1 200 female freestyler of all time. And yes, I’ve been waiting for this 1:54 textile for a long time (longer than I had waited for Cate’s 23.8 textile). Like you, I always knew she had 1:54 textile in her even though some detractors were trying to undermine her 200 free legacy by saying that she was helped by the rubber suits.
Yesterday I said that this Sette Colli’s result would be indicative of her times in Rio, and I am keeping it as my prediction for her, which is pretty conservative as possible: No faster than 1:54.5
And if she goes faster than that, it will be very exciting and just another icing on her glamorous swimming cake.

Craig Lord

Indeed, Therealuigi… her legacy would be superb, no sub-1:53 (crikey!) required.

ThereaLuigi

No she was not helped by rubber suits, or, rather, she was helped in the times, but not in the result relative to other swimmers: in 2008-2011 she was the best in the world and would have been with any suits. Fede has won medals in every WC and Olympics since 2004 except London, so her legacy is secured. She is now 28 and swimming textile bests in the 200 free: this alone is amazing.

In reference to Yozhik’s post, I believe that this spring, at Nationals, she went out faster in the first 100 and then paid for it in the last 50. At Sette Colli she had a more balanced race.

Yozhik

Please confirm that Michelle Coleman’s time is 1:55.88. It maybe incorrect.

commonwombat

Checked the official results, Coleman’s 1.55.88 is most definitely correct.

Yozhik

So, Sweden has #4 and #5 at 200FR. The strongest duet by far. Unfortunately the relay needs two more swimmers and they are not even under 2 minutes.

Yozhik

Thank you CW. SW reported 1:55.58. That’s why I asked.

Barnabas Mandi

Yozhik, yes, it’s good news, for Bogi and the Hungarians. 5 A cuts in w200ms for this little country (less than 10M people) She went there from the pool, from training. And I think she is better in 800. And the w800 relay will be good.
Aswimfan, no Fede wouldn’t need it. Only one fast swim. In the final.
And not only one but four girls will swim for the Gold (if SS will swim it).

aswimfan

Barnabas,
I forgot if Hungary is actually going to field w4x200 free team?

Yozhik

Don’t you find this statistic weird, Barabbas? 🙂 Something unusual, I would say. I spent many years near a big river at the place where your people came from. The native people there actually don’t like to swim.

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