Benedetta Pilato, Italian swimmer who won the gold medal at the World Swimming Championships in Budapest, spoke of a female issue that afflicts all athletes, which could affect performance: the women cycle. The 17-year-old said: "I was in precycle before 100 breaststroke and I didn't have a great time even though I won gold.
This problem affects us a bit, we're women. I'm very open, it's not a taboo for me. I talk to everyone, it certainly destabilizes a bit. Managing it with the unconventional? Even those condition you a lot, and therefore you have to find a balance that for someone like me does not exist, maybe someone finds this balance.
I would like to win, but the medal is also there. Badness? A little bit you have to be an agonist if you play sports. We hope to do well. The important thing is to put your hand in front. Lilly King gold outgoing and eighth? We'll see tomorrow.
The world record is still mine though. Melutyte? She has always been a point of reference, being the idol of Vito D'Onghia, my coach. I thought he was rooting for her. In fact we saw her and she said to me: ask her for the photo, ask for the photo.
I arrived calmly with the knowledge that I cannot enter the water and improve every time, above all to improve a world record which is not an easy thing. It is important to give your best, especially with your head. In the morning I will be able to rest.
Benedetta's 2020 and 2021
On October 16, 2020, at the Duna Aréna in Budapest at the International Swimming League, thanks to a time of 28 "97 she set the new Italian record in the 50m breaststroke in short course, improving his previous record of 29" 32 obtained in Glasgow on 4 December 2019 of the Europeans.
On 14 November 2020, during the semifinals of the International Swimming League in Budapest, she further improves his performance by decreasing the time of the national record of the 50 breaststroke in short course to 28 "86, further lowered on November 21 in the final at 28 "81, equaling the European record of Rūta Meilutytė.
On 15 November she also established a new national record in the 100-meter short course setting a time of 1'03" 55. On 17 December at the Absolutes in Riccione she establishes the new Italian record on the 100 breaststroke in long course with a time of 1'06 "'02 and gets the pass for the Tokyo 2020 Games.
The day after he improves his previous Italian record on 50 frog lowering it by more than 2 tenths and bringing it to 29 "'61. On 22 May 2021 at the European Championships in Budapest she set the new world record in the 50 breaststroke at the Duna Aréna, closing the semifinal in 29 "30, after having obtained the new Italian record in the heats with 29" 50 in the morning and conquering the next day the gold medal in the specialty. At the Tokyo Olympics she misses the qualification in the 100 breaststroke, complete with disqualification.