(ANSA) – ROME, MAY 30 – “Swimming in Rome at home will be incredible, it is the most beautiful pool in the world. The emotions that playing at home with everyone cheering for you gives you no one gives you”: Gregorio Paltrinieri, Olympic champion in Rio 2016, said on the sidelines of the ‘Dominate the water’ event promoted by him talking about the next European swimming championships that will be held in the capital in August. “First there will be the World Cup and we will try to do well. Then the Europeans and in both cases we will play first the swimming pool and then the bottom, in my opinion the best division to prepare for. In addition, the opponents are growing and I’m happy about it”, he said. continued the blue swimmer, fresh winner of the Portuguese leg of the World Series of 10km of cross-country skiing. “In Setubal it was the most difficult race among the cross-country ones – explained Paltrinieri – Very cold water and with counter-current waves. My coach told me that if I had passed this step I would have become an extreme level bottom swimmer. It was a good test, but opposite to Tokyo where the water was warm. They seemed two different sports, but now I’m a full-fledged bottom swimmer “.