In synchronized swimming, yet another Italian victory at the European Aquatics Championships in London. Giorgio Minisini and Mariangela Calabrese Perrupato, natives of Saracena, in the province of Cosenza, winning the silver medal in the mixed duo free.
The Italian duo finished just behind the Russian Aleksander Maltsev and Mikhaela Kalancha, who finished with 90.4667 points, and just before Spain’s Pau Ribes and Gemma Mengual, with a total of 86.5667 points. Earning 87.4667 points (26.1000 for execution, 35.0667 for artistic impression and 26.3000 for the elements), with a masterful exhibition to the song “Dream On” by Aerosmith, and choreography by Anastasiya Yermakova, the four-time Olympic champion and a seven-time world champion between 2001 and 2007.
After the silver earned by Giovanni Tocci in the 1m springboard, this is yet another medal for Calabria, in fact. “This year – said Mariangela Perrupato – we worked together more and we know each other better, we worked harder on the specific elements this year, so we are glad we performed in the water at this level and merited the silver.”
The Calabrian athlete, in an interview a few years ago, speaking about her discipline said: “It’s difficult sport, tiring and challenging. However, synchronized swimming, at the same time, is a magical discipline. Every time I perform I realize how unique it is. I take very few holiday breaks, do many workouts, but with extraordinary and unforgettable emotions. If you ask me, is it worth it? The answer is, it certainly is. I would do it all over again. Anyone who desires to take up the sport, I recommend perseverance and tenacity in training. The struggle always leads you you to success.” Then, regarding her Calabrian origin, she concluded: “I was born in Calabria, in Castrovillari and spent five living in Saracena, the country of my grandparents and my father. Whenever I can, I go to visit my relatives. Calabria is and will always be in my heart.”