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Pellegrini wins silver in 200m freestyle

Italian swimmer 'overjoyed' in surprise performance

Pellegrini wins silver in 200m freestyle

Rome, July 31 - Italy's Federica Pellegrini won the silver medal Wednesday in the 200m freestyle at the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona. "I am overjoyed," said Pellegrini, 24, who came in at 1:55:14. "I'm glad, I honestly did not even think I would be able to take a medal, it's really unexpected". Pellegrini told State broadcaster RAI that she did not feel properly prepared for the event, and thanked her parents for their support. Gold was won by American Missy Franklin, with a time of 1:54.81. The bronze went to Camille Muffat of France in 1:55.72. Pellegrini is concluding something of a 12-month sabbatical which she began after doing poorly at the 2012 London Olympics. She had not planned to defend the 200m and 400m freestyle world titles she won in 2009 and 2011. Instead, she had only intended to compete in the 200m backstroke and some relay events before returning to her full training regime and her individual freestyle races after the world championships. But Wednesday, Pellegrini sounded philosophical about last year's Olympic losses. "The defeats make you grow," she told RAI. "And in 10 years, I had many..."

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