Italian Sprinter Silvia Di Pietro Tests Positive For COVID-19

Silvia Di Pietro; Photo Courtesy: Azaria Basile

Italian swimmer Silvia Di Pietro has tested positive for COVID-19.

DiPietro posted the news on social media.

“Verified. Unfortunately today I tested positive for covid-19. Sunday, after the 10th day of voluntary isolation from contact at the Italian championships, I took an antigenic swab which was negative but during the day I started not feeling well and that same evening I had a high fever. Today I repeated the swab and, unfortunately, it was positive 😔. I’m obviously physically exhausted and sorry … but better days will come,” Silvia Di Pietro posted on Instagram.



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Di Pietro competed for Italy at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero. She swam the 50 freestyle and the 4×100 freestyle relay.

She also won the silver medal at the 2016 Short Course World Championships, taking second in the 50 freestyle and was part of the silver medal 4×100 freestyle relay and 4×50 freestyle relay that won the bronze.

She competed in the Italian Open Championships in Riccione earlier this month. She won the 50 fly and also the 50 freestyle, in a tight duel between Di Pietro and Costanza Cocconcelli, with Di Pietro winning by the smallest of margins, 25.22 to 25.23.

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