Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Team of two women from Trentino-Alto Adige take silver in Olympic diving

The team of  Tania Cagnetto from Bolzano (right) and Francesca DallapĂ© from Trento (left) won Olympic silver medals in the Women's synchronized 3 metre springboard diving. Cagnetto, the daughter of two Italian Olympic divers from Bolzano, additionally won a bronze medal in the Women's 3 metre springboard. She is now retired from diving after having competed in five different Olympic games.

Swimmer Federica Pellegrini
Double world record holder retires from swimming

Federica Pellegrini from the Veneto has retired from the sport with the Rio Olympics. Although she didn't win a medal this time, she holds the women's 200 m freestyle world records (long course and short course), and won a Gold Medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. At the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Pellegrini became the first woman ever to breach the 4 minute barrier in 400 m freestyle with the time 3:59.15

USA-Italy: Gold medal game in women's water polo

Although it was projected  to be a competitive match between the two best woman's water polo teams, the USA won handily by a score of 12 to 5. 

USA totally dominates the Olympic games

Although for some years it appeared that other nations were catching up, the USA dominated the games. The USA had far more overall medals and gold medals than anyone else. If the two closest nations were counted as one, they would only have won the games by a small margin. Italy came in ninth, although they did come back to score a big upset over the American men's volleyball team, but ended up losing in the gold medal match vs. Brazil.

Diver Tania Cagnetto