15-Year-Old Benedetta Pilato Busts Out 29.85 50 Breast World Jr Record


While competing on day 1 of the 2020 Sette Colli Trophy, 15-year-old Benedetta Pilato crushed a new World Junior Record mark of 29.85 in the women’s 50m breaststroke.

The time surpasses the long-standing WJR held by Olympic gold medalist Ruta Meilutyte at 29.86, logged at the 2013 FINA World Junior Championships.

Entering this meet, Pilato’s personal best and Italian national record stood at the 29.98 she produced in prelims at last year’s World Championships in Gwangju. The then-14-year-old went on to take the silver in 30.00 to become the youngest Italian female in history to win a medal in an international competition.

Pilato’s outing here of 29.85 is nearing the overall European Record of 29.48 still held by the now-retired Meilutyte from 2013.

The Italian teen has now become the 8th fastest performer all-time in this women’s 50m breast event.

Pilato was impressive earlier in the meet, posting a near-personal best time of 1:07.38 to place 4th in the 100m breast.

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Braden 2020
1 month ago

What the

1 month ago

Congratulations! That’s really impressive!

1 month ago

Too bad the 50 isn’t an Olympic event or I would say she might be able to challenge King for gold in Tokyo (assuming Tokyo happens). The 100 still seems a little far off with King and Efimova having a large margin there, but who knows! Teenagers end up surprising us all the time. A medal would not surprise me in the least.

Reply to  Sophie
1 month ago

Look what happened in London over 100m….great time!

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