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PHOTO OF THE MONTH
Uster, Swiss short course championships, November 18th 2023
Photo Patrick Krämer
The long 2021-22 swimming season is also over. Considering the health mishaps that began at the world championships in Budapest, I would say that I could not have finished better than this: a recovery in the last two weeks that was anything but expected allowed me to achieve, with a very good time,silver in the 100 butterfly at the Europeans in Rome. In the 200 butterfly, despite the mere 2 tenths that separated me from the bronze, I consider the fifth place a result above all expectations, considering that until a week before I was not sure I could swim, and therefore compete, in this distance: recovery from the effects of COVID, especially at the bronchial level, was complicated and did not allow me to train as I should have done. The balance of this season is positive overall: I was coming off my best season culminating with bronze at the Olympics and it could have been difficult to repeat! Instead came the silver medal at the Abu Dhabi World Short Course Championships in December (200 butterfly), the fourth place at the Budapest World Championships, again in the 200 butterfly, the aforementioned silver in Rome, and several other good performances and medals in international meetings. Now I will have a bit of a holiday before resuming training shortly before mid-September, with a view to new goals, including the World Championships in the short course in Melbourne next December and the World Championships in the long course in Fukuoka in July 2023. In a little over a month I will also begin my studies in physiotherapy at SUPSI in Manno: another challenge to face.