2019 Is Italy’s Best World Championship Ever With 8 Medals And 14 New Records

2019 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Italy has confirmed the rapid improvement of the national swim program over the last two years at the 2019 FINA World Championships. Their 8 medals were the most that Italy has ever earned  in that meet, and they also set 14 new National Records. This follows a 2018 European Championship meet where they also set an all-time best for medals. The country has now set Italian Records in 29 long course events since 2016, leaving just 14 older than that.

Here’s a comparison with past World Championships:

ITALY’S ALL-TIME SWIMMING MEDALS

YEAR GOLD SILVER BRONZE TOTAL
1973 1 0 2 3
1975 0 0 1 1
1978 0 0 0 0
1982 0 0 1 1
1986 0 2 0 2
1991 1 1 4 6
1994 0 0 1 1
1998 0 2 0 2
2001 2 2 2 6
2003 0 0 0 1
2005 1 2 0 3
2007 1 1 4 6
2009 3 0 1 4
2011 2 3 0 5
2013 0 1 1 2
2015 1 3 1 5
2017 3 0 3 6
2019 3 2 3 8

GOLD

Simona Quadarella won three gold medals at the European Championships in Glasgow last year, 400/800/1500 m free. This year in Gwangju brings home a gold and a silver medal.

Federica Pellegrini, at the age of 31, managed to continued her unprecedented longevity in the 200 free and got on the podium of a World Championship for the 8th time in 8 editions.

Gregorio Paltrinieri, after winning the silver in the 4x1250m mixed relay in the open water, won a gold and a bronze medal in the pool.

SILVER

Benedetta Pilato became the youngest Italian female in history to win a medal in an international competition. She won silver in the 50 breaststroke at 14-years old in the first international final of her life.

Simona Quadarella pushed American Katie Ledecky to the final 50 before ultimately taking silver. Her time of 8:14.99 is the new National Record.

BRONZE

NEW NATIONAL RECORDS

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Emanuele

Great performances overall (some little disapointment here and there).
The new selection methods used since 2017 are really paying off. Btw an even strictier selection process wuold be ideal even in the relay.

Mike keeler

What is the selection process?

Emanuele

A real trial method during nationals in April with tough (but not impossible) QT. Unfortunately this year the “coach” was super lax and allow a lot of undeserved (qualitatively speaking because they all great person) athetes to go to Korea – Pizzini, Condorelli in the individual, Sabbioni, Cusinato, Bianchi plus Acerenza, but he perform well, because past accomplishment or late QT.
I wuold be super strict: or you qualify during NT or, if you are injuried, you need at least a top5/6 worldwide time to take part at WC/OG. Even the relay: top 4 plus 1 with the best time during the year, if the relay can’t enter the final don’t bring them.

Heyitsme

I said Pellegrini would win jokingly but oof I should’ve picked her first my points would’ve been higher

KeithM

Not too surprising coming off a very successful European Championships last year. They had a few disappointing swims but some new faces winning medals made up for it.

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Giusy Cisale

 GIUSY  CISALE Ha frequentato il Liceo Classico "T.L. Caro" dove era impegnata nella redazione della rivista scolastica. Nel 2002 è tra le più giovani laureate in Giurisprudenza dell'Università Federico II di Napoli (ITA). Inizia il percorso di Avvocato Civilista, conseguendo nel 2006 l'abilitazione all'esercizio della professione di avvocato. Si avvicina al nuoto quasi per …

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