Federica Pellegrini ended her very successful swimming career in style on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old Italian won the 200-meter freestyle at short track competitions in Riccione.

Pellegrini has competed in the Olympics five times.

In 2008 she won Olympic gold in Beijing in the 200 free, the distance she dominated for a long time and on which she has been the world record holder since 2009 (1.52.98).

'La Divina' is the only swimmer to win a medal in eight consecutive World Championships in one distance (the 200 free).

Last summer, Pellegrini set a record in Tokyo by becoming the first swimmer in five consecutive Olympics to reach the final at the same distance.

She placed second (2004), first (2008), fifth (2012), fourth (2016) and seventh (2021) in the 200 free.

"It's been twenty years of swimming and fatigue," Pellegrini said in Riccione, where a special tribute ceremony was organized for her.

"I loved swimming and I still love it. I will miss the group the most, but what I certainly won't miss is the fatigue during training," said the six-time world champion.

Giovanni Malago dived into the bath at the urging of Federica Pellegrini, dressed in a suit.

Giovanni Malago dived into the bath at the urging of Federica Pellegrini, dressed in a suit.

Photo: Pro Shots

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