Yesterday Federazione Italiana Nuoto Paralimpico announced that Emanuela Romano had withdrawn from the 2014 IPC European Swimming Championships because of health reasons.
At last year’s world championships in Montreal, Romano won gold in the women’s 50m freestyle S6 event, and a silver in the women’s 100m freestyle S6 race. She picked up a team silver in the women’s 4x50m freestyle relay 20pts race alongside teammates Giulia Ghiretti, Stefania Chiarioni and Arjola Trimi. This was an improvement from 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, where she competed in five events, and had a best finish of fifth in the 100m and 400m freestyle events.
The IPC Swimming European Championships are scheduled to officially start on August 4 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. 400 athletes from almost 40 countries are expected to take part, including Spain’s Teresa Perales who is making her return to international competition. The event is last major competition for many European competitors before next year’s world championships.