16-Yr-Old Lorenzo Galossi Fires Off 7:46.28 800 Free At Italian Championships


Day 2 of the 2022 Italian Summer Championships brought the heat, with 16-year-old Lorenzo Galossi firing off a lifetime best in the men’s 800m freestyle.

Building off his 400m free/800m free European Junior Championships titles, Galossi scorched a winning time of 7:46.28 to take gold here in Ostia. His result here easily overtook his previous Italian age record and lifetime best of 7:49.76 he achieved during the Italian Spring Championships this past April.

His outing here also torches the 7:52.04 it took him to win gold at the aforementioned Euro Juniors in Romania. Additionally, the Italian would have placed 6th in the men’s 800m free event at this year’s World Championships in Budapest.

Splits for his performance are below:

Galossi now ranks as the 10th fastest performer in the world this season and the teen also checks in as the 4th fastest Italian 800m freestyle performer in history.

Top 5 Italian 800m Freestyle Performers All time

  1. 7:39.27  Gregorio Paltrinieri  24 July 2019 Gwangju
  2. 7:40.77  Gabriele Detti   26 July 2017 Budapest
  3. 7:43.84  Federico Colbertaldo  29 July 2009 Rome
  4. 7:46.28 Lorenzo Galossi  20 July 2022 Rome
  5. 7:47.20 Domenico Acerenza  04 April 2019 Riccione

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2 years ago

And Galossi did it again: he dropped three thenths for his new national junior record in 1:47.42 in the 200 free.

Other things worth noting

1) Thomas Ceccon took part to the event as, went out crazy fast in 49.87 and fading away in the last 50 matching his PB 1:48.95. Later on he said in the interview that in case he’s needed for relay purposes, he would like to be ready for this event, although it takes a bit of time for him to better understand how it works

2) Alessandro Ragaini, another guy born in 2006, improved his PB dipping for the first time below 1:50 in 1:49.69, shaving off 4 tenths from his previous best set at… Read more »

2 years ago

7:46 at just 16? C-could… he be the one? The one to take down Lin’s impossible WR?

Reply to  BigBoiJohnson
2 years ago

It is very impressive, but I don’t think it’s possible. 800m free M is the best world record that exists in swimming and if any supersuit record is impossible to break, this is the first candidate.

  • If you take Zhangs start and final lap plus his average lap time in between to calculate an equivalent 400m free time, it’s around 3:44 I think, i.e. a decent time in world champ finals. That’s just insane.
  • It is over 6 seconds faster than fasted textile held by Sun Yang
  • Sun Yang is a telling benchmark. He narrowly missed the 400m free supersuit world record twice in 2011 and 2012 and holds the 1500m world record. He is over 6 sec off
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Reply to  Hugh
2 years ago

Excellent analysis! Although, I do believe we’ll be seeing swimmers start to creep down to Zhang’s time now that it’s a bonafide Olympic event. My hunch is that a guys whose better event is the 400 than the 1500 will eventually break the record. Easy speed seems like it might be critical to going out to get the record

2 years ago

This guy is really special, his splits yesterday were 3:55.14+3:51.14…only problem for him at these Euros is that he’s forced to push hard already in the morning heats due to internal competitions to make it top 2 for that country, and both for 4 free and 8 free is really not ideal (especially for 4 as heats and final are the same day).
But is all experience to be ready for Paris.
Really curious to see how he will manage to recover for today’s 200 free where for sure the goal is to take the individual spot for this event too

ferrari owner
2 years ago

now we are talking.

Former Big10
2 years ago

Italian team is doing really well this week

Reply to  Former Big10
2 years ago

Undefeated, even!

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