2018 Sette Colli Trophy: Day 2 Finals Live Recap


The second of three days from the Sette Colli Trophy in Rome is set to get underway, with another fast, exciting session in store.

Among the highlights will be Sarah Sjostrom going after the 100 fly/100 free double, with Pernille Blume surely to give her a great race in the latter. We’ll also see Adam Peaty and Yuliya Efimova compete in the men’s and women’s 50 breast.

The fastest heats of the women’s and men’s 800 free will be contested at the end of the session, with Ilaria Cella (8:45.31) and Poul Zellmann (8:02.44) leading the way after the first heat this morning.

For a full recap of prelims, click here.

Women’s 100 Fly

  1. Sarah Sjostrom, SWE, 56.29
  2. Elena Di Liddo, ITA, 57.38
  3. Ilaria Bianchi, ITA, 57.84

Sarah Sjostrom went out aggressively in the women’s 100 fly final, turning in 26.07 to lead the field by nearly a second, before maintaining her advantage coming home to win in 56.29. She improves her season-best of 56.35 from the Stockholm Open, but remains #2 in the world behind Japan’s Rikako Ikee (56.23).

Italian Elena Di Liddo dropped a best of 57.38 for 2nd, coming just over a tenth outside of the Italian Record held by Ilaria Bianchi (57.27). Bianchi herself was 3rd in 57.84, just off her season-best of 57.70.

Men’s 200 Fly

  1. Luiz Melo, BRA, 1:55.83
  2. Tamas Kenderesi, HUN, 1:56.72
  3. James Guy, GBR, 1:56.88

Brazilian Luiz Melo used the fastest middle 100 in the field (59.27) to hold over a second advantage at the 150m mark of the men’s 200 fly, holding solid on the last length to touch in 1:55.83. That improves his personal best of 1:55.92 set at the Maria Lenk Trophy, and elevates him from 13th to 11th in the world rankings for the year.

Meet record holder and defending champ Tamas Kenderesi of Hungary was only 5th at the halfway mark but used his signature strong back end to move into 2nd in a time of 1:56.72, running down Great Britain’s James Guy (1:56.88) on the final 50. Guy was just over two tenths off his season-best, while Kenderesi has been as fast as 1:54.14 this year which has him 4th in the world.

Women’s 100 Back

  • Meet Record: 59.42, Aya Terakawa (JPN), 2012
  1. Mie Nielsen, DEN, 59.57
  2. Margherita Panziera, ITA, 59.80
  3. Simona Baumrtova, CZE, 1:00.08

Denmark’s Mie Nielsen was the fastest going out and coming back to win the women’s 100 back in 59.57, equalling her season-best which ranks her 9th in the world.

Margherita Panziera moved through the field coming home to take 2nd in 59.80, lowering her own Italian Record of 59.96 set at their National Championships in April. That bumps her up into 16th in the world for the year, and 3rd place finisher Simona Baumrtova of the Czech Republic also posted a season-best of 1:00.08 to move into 27th.

Men’s 100 Back

  • Meet Record: 53.67, Aschwin Wildeboer Faber (ESP), 2011
  1. Robert Glinta, ROU, 53.96
  2. Gabriel Fantoni, BRA, 54.49
  3. Matteo Milli, ITA, 54.54

Romanian Robert Glinta followed up his win in the 50 back last night with another in the 100 today, touching in a time of 53.96. He was out like a rocket in 25.35, which built a big enough lead to win comfortably by over a second. He has been 53.32 this year, a Romanian Record, which ranks 7th in the world.

Indiana Hoosier Gabriel Fantoni of Brazil held off Italian Matteo Milli for 2nd, touching in 54.49 to Milli’s 54.54. For Milli, this is a new season-best, lowering his 54.79 from the prelims.

Christian Diener of Germany won the B-final in 55.19, just ahead of Chad Le Clos who set a new PB in 55.32.

Women’s 400 IM

  1. Ilaria Cusinato, ITA, 4:34.65
  2. Aimme Willmott, GBR, 4:38.81
  3. Boglarka Kapas, HUN, 4:39.81

Italy’s Ilaria Cusinato led the women’s 400 IM wire-to-wire, holding a slight advantage at the halfway mark before really pulling away from the field on the breaststroke to win by over four seconds in 4:34.65. The 18-year-old crushes her previous best time of 4:37.14, breaks Stephanie Rice‘s 10-year-old meet record of 4:35.17, and overtakes Aimee Willmott for the top spot in the world this year. She also narrowly missed the Italian national record, which stands at 4:34.34 from Alessia Filippi in 2008.

Willmott was 5th at the 200 wall but moved her way through the field on the back half, touching 2nd in 4:38.81. Her 4:34.90 from the Commonwealth Games is now #2 in the world. Hungarian Boglarka Kapas fell to 4th on the breaststroke, but charged back with a 30.34 final 50 to slide by Hannah Miley (4:40.04) for 3rd in 4:39.81. Miley is 4th in the world with her 4:35.16, while Kapas sits 10th at 4:38.27.

Men’s 400 IM

  1. David Verraszto, HUN, 4:11.98
  2. Brandonn Almeida, BRA, 4:15.51
  3. Federico Turrini, ITA, 4:16.51

Much like Cusinato in the women’s race, defending champion David Verraszto held a slight lead over the field at the 200m wall before pulling away on the breast, splitting 1:10.30, to win easily in 4:11.98. The 29-year-old improves his season-best by exactly one second, and leapfrogs China’s Wang Shun for 4th in the world rankings.

Brandonn Almeida of Brazil moved up quickly after sitting just 5th after the fly, turning just behind Verraszto after the backstroke and maintaining his position throughout the rest of the race. The 2015 Pan American champion touched in 4:15.51 for 2nd, improving his season-best by half a second.

Federico Turrini of Italy was 4th through most of the race, but charged back in 28.18 to overtake Great Britain’s Max Litchfield by a tenth for 3rd in 4:16.51. Litchfield’s 4:16.61 is a new season-best, lowering his 4:18.18 from prelims.

Women’s 100 Free

  1. Pernille Blume, DEN, 52.72
  2. Sarah Sjostrom, SWE, 52.77
  3. Femke Heemskerk, NED, 53.31

After her slight upset over Sjostrom in the 50 free yesterday, Denmark’s Pernille Blume defeated the world record holder again in the 100 final, edging her by .05 in 52.72. She held the lead at the 50 by two tenths in 25.35, and managed to hold off the Swede coming back in 27.37. The 24-year-old misses her Danish Record by just .03, and moves from 7th to 4th in the world rankings.

Sjostrom equals her season-best of 52.77, dropping to 5th in the world with Blume’s performance. Femke Heemskerk of the Netherlands went well under her season-best for 3rd in 53.31, with her countrywoman Ranomi Kromowidjojo 4th in 53.78. Federica Pellegrini also cracked 54 for the first time this year in 5th (53.99).

Men’s 100 Free

  1. Alessandro Miressi, ITA, 48.25
  2. Bruno Fratus, BRA, 48.58
  3. Pedro Spajari, BRA, 48.72

Italian Alessandro Miressi flipped 5th halfway through the men’s 100 free in 23.30, but blitzed home in 24.95 to overtake everyone and pick up the win in a time of 48.25. He lowers his previous personal best time of 48.36, set in April, and moves from 12th to 10th in the world rankings. He also lowers fellow Italian Filippo Magnini‘s meet record of 48.35, set in 2008.

Brazilian Bruno Fratus used his speed to lead the field at the 50 in 23.11, and still managed the 3rd fastest back half of anyone to hang on to 2nd in 48.58, improving his season-best by a tenth. His countryman Pedro Spajari, who sits 4th in the world with his 47.96 from the Maria Lenk Trophy, was the only other swimmer sub-49 in 48.72.

Women’s 50 Breast

  • Meet Record: 29.90, Ruta Meilutyte (LTU), 2014
  1. Yuliya Efimova, RUS, 29.84
  2. Imogen Clark, GBR, 30.60
  3. Martina Carraro, ITA, 30.85

Yuliya Efimova swam to a new meet record of 29.84 in the women’s 50 breast, lowering her season-best time of 29.93 from the Mare Nostrum Tour. However, she remains 3rd in the world behind Americans Lilly King (29.62) and Molly Hannis (29.71).

Great Britain’s Imogen Clark swam her fastest of the year by .02 in 30.60 for 2nd, and Italian Martina Carraro dropped hers by 0.08 for 3rd in 30.85.

Men’s 50 Breast

  1. Adam Peaty, GBR, 26.41
  2. Joao Gomes, BRA, 27.00
  3. Fabio Scozzoli, ITA, 27.24

Reigning world champ and world record holder Adam Peaty swam the fastest time in the world this year in the men’s 50 breast, clocking 26.41 to lower his 26.49 from the Commonwealth Games. He also breaks his own meet record from last year by two tenths of a second.

Brazilian Joao Gomes was 2nd in 27.00, and Italian Fabio Scozzoli was 3rd in 27.24. Those two are among the six swimmers other than Peaty who have gone sub-27 this year, with Scozzoli 3rd in the world at 26.73 and Gomes 4th in 26.80. Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands swam a personal best for 4th in 27.26, moving from 26th to 17th in the world.

Women’s 800 Free

  1. Simona Quadarella, ITA, 8:20.99
  2. Boglarka Kapas, HUN, 8:31.07
  3. Diletta Carli, ITA, 8:35.61

After winning the 1500 free yesterday in the world’s 4th fastest time, Italian Simona Quadarella again improved her season-best time in the women’s 800 to win in 8:20.99. Coming in with a 8:21.44 from the Mediterranean Games, she negative-split (4:11.00/4:09.99) to the win here, maintaining her spot at 5th in the world. She was just 0.29 off of fellow Italian Alessia Filippi‘s meet record from 2008.

Boglarka Kapas was on Quadarella’s tail through the 400 before falling back during the second half of the race, but still completes an impressive double (after the 400 IM) to take 2nd in 8:31.07. Diletta Carli joins her countrywoman Quadarella on the podium in 3rd in 8:35.61.

Men’s 800 Free

  • Meet Record: 7:43.06, Gabriele Detti (ITA), 2016
  1. Gregorio Paltrinieri, ITA, 7:46.33
  2. Guilherme Costa, BRA, 7:50.92
  3. Domenico Acerenza, ITA, 7:53.68

World #1 Gregorio Paltrinieri took over the lead in the men’s 800 on the second length and never relinquished it, slowly pulling away from Brazilian Guilherme Costa to earn the win in a time of 7:46.33, negative-splitting it with a 3:53.60 opening 400 and a 3:52.73 coming home. He finishes just off his world-leading 7:45.53.

The 19-year-old Costa dropped his own South American Record down from 7:52.54 to 7:50.92, improving from 8th to 6th in the world rankings. Domenico Acerenza also went a personal best for 3rd in 7:53.68.

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4 years ago

Govorov this morning, after a 22.89, declared a New WR in the 50 fly this afternoon. Let’s see…

4 years ago

Quadarella is on a hot streak right now. She’s going to be one to watch come Europeans.

4 years ago

South American record for Guilherme bodes well for pan pac

4 years ago

Pernille Blume is a pretty tough competitor.

Since the Olympics, she’s brought her 100 free up to the level of her 50 free. She’s part of the small elite group that can swim 23+ and 52+ in the sprint freestyles.

The women’s sprints are full of talent, as much or more than the men’s.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  marklewis
4 years ago

She is pretty and tough.

bear drinks beer
4 years ago

The Brazilian 4×100 relay looks good.

Reply to  bear drinks beer
4 years ago

the only competition for the US, in the Pan Pacs…

Jay ryan
Reply to  Swimming4silver
4 years ago

Pan Pacs? Brazil does not have a Pacific coastline?

Reply to  Jay ryan
4 years ago

Brazil does compete at the Pan Pac Championships, as do other non-pacific nations like Zimbabwe and South Africa.

The meet is designed for both Pacific nations, and other nations that don’t compete at the European Championships or Asian Games.

Reply to  Jay ryan
4 years ago

The rulebook for Pan Pacs is pretty much ‘any swimming federation that is not a member of LEN may send swimmers to the meet’ and South Africa and Brazil have long participated in the event.

Reply to  bear drinks beer
4 years ago

Silver for sure.

Reply to  Jmanswimfan
4 years ago

Us is the clear favorite of course …..

4 years ago

Sjöström still a bit off in the free..?

Reply to  Swimjon
4 years ago

Huh? She swam a 52.77.

Reply to  Philip
4 years ago

Yes… but still

Reply to  Swimjon
4 years ago

She did 100 fly also lol

Reply to  Hswimmer
4 years ago

Yeah. But that was almost an hour inbetween…

Reply to  Swimjon
4 years ago

and she is used to doubles ……

Reply to  Swimjon
4 years ago

I agree with Philip. Blume is in better form than Sjostrom and has been competing pretty much so Sarah should be happy because that was a good time and I wouldn’t say that she is “off”!

Reply to  Swimjon
4 years ago

Also, Blumes reaction time was about 0.1 faster than Sjostroms so actually, Sarah swam faster by some hundredths.

Reply to  Liam
4 years ago

That’s not how that works

4 years ago

Wow, Plume is tearing it up.

Reply to  Philip
4 years ago

Her 52.72 was not too far off her PB of 52.69 set last year. She almost swam 2 NRs here. On fire.

4 years ago

What happened to Le Clos today? No 2fly or 100 free!!

Reply to  Superfan
4 years ago

Ducking the competition? Taking a page from the Conor Dwyer perhaps?

bear drinks beer
Reply to  Philip
4 years ago

He just swam a 51.2 100fly yesterday.

bear drinks beer
Reply to  Superfan
4 years ago

He was in the 100 back B final.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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