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Federica Pellegrini

About Federica Pellegrini

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Hometown: Verona, Italy
Date of Birth: August 5, 1988
Olympic History: 2012 - 5th, 200m freestyle; 5th, 400m freestyle
2008 - Gold, 200m freestyle; 5th, 400m freestyle; 4th, 4x200m freestyle relay
2004 - Silver, 200m freestyle
World Championships: 2015 - silver, 200m freestyle; silver, 4x200m freestyle relay
2013 - silver, 200m freestyle;
2011 - gold, 200m freestyle; gold, 400m freestyle
2009 - gold, 200m freestyle; gold, 400m freestyle
2007 - bronze, 200m freestyle
2005 - silver, 200m freestyle
Bio: One of the most popular swimmers in the world and a true sporting hero in her native Italy, Federica Pellegrini has broken new ground several times in her swimming career -- being dubbed the Lioness of Verona by the Italian media. At the age of 16, she won silver at the 2004 Athens Games becoming the youngest Italian to win an Olympic medal in an individual event. Four years later she arrived in Beijing as the favorite in the 400m freestyle, only to wind up 5th. But she captured gold in the 200m freestyle for her first Olympic gold. It was at the 2009 World Championships where she became an absolute Italian star, winning both the 200m and 400m freestyle, while becoming the first woman ever to break the 4-minute barrier in the 400m. She followed up that double in 2011 and after taking a break in 2013, returned to capture silver in the 200m. Her silver at this past summer’s 2015 Worlds gave her an unprecedented six consecutive medals in the same event; no woman had ever accomplished that feat in history.

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