October 3, 2023

World Diving Championships, bronze Pellacani-Bertocchi and flight to Paris: what a joy


The Azzurri are third in the last jump, six tenths of a point behind China and Great Britain: the medal comes with access to Paris 2023

At the World Championships in Fukuoka, Chiara Pellacani and Elena Bertocchi won bronze and in Paris! An Olympic pass from the 3m synchronized springboard for just six tenths thanks to the best vault, fifth compared to that of the United States, fourth with Sarah Bacon and Kassidy Cook at 265.39 compared to the Blues’ 285.99. It is the twenty-first Italian medal in history, the first bronze in the specialty after the two silver medals of Tania Cagnotto and Francesca Dallapè in 2009 and 2013. The gold goes to the Chinese (fifth) Chang Yan and Chen Yiwen with 341, 94 Silver goes to England’s Yasmin Harper and Scarlett Mew Jensen with 296.58. Great emotions starting with the director Oscar Bertone: “They love each other.” Bertocchi came back from the small trampoline to zero from twelfth place.

What a race

Sixth after the first mandatory dive and ex aequo fifth with Canada after the second. In the double and a half forward, the forward impressed with a twisted blue with 63 points and a provisional fourth place in a 10-point scoring. The Azzurri would have earned more than 67 points in heat four, putting them in fourth place, 7 points off third place occupied by the USA. In the Double and a Half Pike 62.10 points, this too paid little for an overall score of 285.90. The rivals make mistakes, Canadians Valee and Ware (who already dived against Cagnotto) are fifth with 284.22 points, the Australians are sixth 279.60. It is finished. Double satisfaction for Italy, still two after the silver medal in artistic swimming with Linda Cerruti and Lucrezia Ruggiero. The first words of the blues. Elena: “A wonderful medal, totally unexpected like the first gold medal at the 2018 European Championships in Edinburgh. Chiara was 16 years old and immediately became like a younger sister. It carries me positively now compared to individual competitions. This medal and this pass are of great value to us, this medal is worth more.” Chiara: “After the Americans’ last jump, I didn’t realize that we would get bronze, now we’re training more for Paris… I’m in a lot Growing up in the US helped me a lot to deal with the tension.” and I’m happy with my choice.” Then the devotion of both to their respective families who have been so supportive of them.

You’re okay

Seventh at the Olympics, at the European Championships gold in Glasgow 2018, silver in Budapest 2021, Rome 2022 and bronze in Kraków 2023, they are now a tight-knit couple. Chiara, twenty years old and silver in mixed with Santoro in Budapest 2021, is coached by Tommaso Marconi and registered for Fiamme Gialle and MR Sport F.lli Marconi. Between the European Championships in Rome 2022 and those in Kraków 2023, he won 14 medals in a row. He studies psychology and has been training in the USA since 2021. He is the talent par excellence and follows in the footsteps of Tania Cagnotto. He has over 16,500 followers on Instagram. She has a passion for TV series, one of her favorites being Prison Break. And until recently he was afraid of flying. His world championships in Fukuoka began with an excellent sixth place by the meter, a specialty he had barely prepared for in what is effectively the pre-Olympic year. The partner from Milan, 28 years old, from the army and Canottieri Milano, can boast a world medal (bronze by the meter in Budapest 2017) and 11 European medals. A first turning point in his career was the move from Milan to Rome. In November she underwent delicate back surgery which served to put her back in position physically but hadn’t prevented her from winning gold on the small trampoline in Rome in 2022. She has a degree in Motor Science and loves listening to music (her favorite singer is Ozuna) and reading detective fiction. She has a dog from Chloè and has become a Roma fan.

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