Rostock (LEN) – With so far 14 European Championship titles to her name, Italy’s Tania Cagnotto is one of the most successful divers in Europe. At the Arena European Championships Diving in Rostock she might well add another three medals to her collection: in the 1m springboard on Friday as well as in the synchronized 3m springboard together with her partner Francesca Dallapè on Saturday. On Sunday she might claim a medal in the 3m springboard.

Should Cagnotto really achieve this feat, it would be her seventh consecutive European gold medal in the synchronized 3m springboard event since 2009. Only Germany’s Sascha Klein and Patrick Hausding boast a similar winning series in the synchronized 10m platform events. The two hope to claim their eighth title in a row on Sunday.FOOTWEAR

“You never know what your competitors are up to. This is why we’ve arranged a new dive,” Cagnotto explained. Instead of the Backward 2 ½ Somersaults Pike the pair from Italy will now include a Forward 3 ½ Somersaults Back within their program. “The level of difficulty is exactly one point higher so that we might collect more points,” Cagnotto is quite optimistic with regard to a successful title defense. “But – we have to deliver a good dive, of course,” she warns.

In the individual 3m springboard event, however, it will be inordinately more difficult to claim her second European Championship title after 2009. “I want to show a good performance and then we’ll just wait and see what happens,” is Cagnotto’s motto. In her preparation for the championships in Rostock she missed out on the last two meets of the FINA Diving World Series in Canada and Mexico at the end of May. “It would have been too exhausting. I’ve already noticed this in the past year so I favored training sessions,” said Cagnotto, who has a total of 22 European medals in her collection.

No later than at the World Championships in Kazan, Russia (July 24-August 9), the 30-year old hopes to secure her ticket for the 2016 Olympic Games. After Rio de Janeiro, however, the then five-time Olympian and five-time LEN Diver of the Year intends to end her active diving career: “I’ll be 31 by then and you need to draw the line one day.”

What will happen after the Olympic Games is still undecided. “Perhaps I’ll work as a coach, perhaps I’m going to end up in television”, Cagnotto explained her plans for the future. Currently, she works with the tax authorities in Bozen, Italy. “But I’m hardly at the office,” Cagnotto said with a smile…