European swimming: chaos 25km, Barelli ‘made a serious mistake’

(ANSA) – ROME, AUGUST 21 – “A serious error in the management of the emergency was made in the 25 km, recognized by the technical commission of the LEN and by the two referees. only our splendid guys who were finishing a beautiful and generous race and who most likely would have seen them occupy the very first positions “. This was stated by Paolo Barelli, president of the FIN, on the decision to cancel the 25km in open water yesterday at the European swimming championships. “We are all very sorry, especially for our athletes who have trained hard all season waiting for this moment – he continues – I want to publicly congratulate them, their technicians and their clubs for both the commitment and the performance that however it remains, as do the times of each one recorded by the chronometer of our technicians “. In fact, five possible medals for the Italians were faded with the race interrupted on the eleventh lap when the first three positions in the men were held by Sanzullo, Verani and Furlan, while in the women Barbara Pozzobon and Veronica Santoni were in second and third position. “I also want to congratulate them for the calmness and education with which they reacted to the news that, after almost two hours of waiting and nineteen kilometers of effort, it was not easy to manage in such a mature way – concludes Barelli – Our boys we know them well and we know that they are champions in and out of the water “. (HANDLE).

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