2021 Italian Absolute Championships: Day 1 Finals Live Recap

ABSOLUTE ITALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS (ITA)

This week in Riccione, swimmers are looking to secure roster spots at a host of big summer meets, chief among them the Olympic Games. The first session of finals begins soon, with the 400 free, 400 IM and 50 free finals for men and women, the men’s 200 breast and the women’s 200 back.

The big swim this morning came from sprinter Lorenzo Zazzeri, who swam under the qualifying standard for the European Championships with his first 21 in the 50 free at 21.94. He is just .15 off of the Olympic standard of 21.79, so he’ll be gunning for that in the final this afternoon.

Junior swimmers will also be looking at qualification for European Juniors and World Juniors this week.

MEN’S 50 FREE – FINALS

  • Euros cut – 22.09
  • Olympics cut – 21.79

Top 3

  1. Lorenzo Zazzeri – 21.89
  2. Leonardo Deplano – 22.11
  3. Alessandro Bori – 22.15

After going under 22 for the first time this morning with a 21.94, Lorenzo Zazzeri knocked another five hundredths off of his best, posting a winning time of 21.89. He’s just a tenth short of the Olympic qualifying standard for Italy, but he secures his spot on their European Championships roster here.

Leonardo Deplano and Alessandro Bori were both ahead of their morning swims, going 22.11 and 22.15, respectively, but neither hit a best.

Zazzeri jumps to #6 in the world this year with his new lifetime best.

2020-2021 LCM Men 50 Free

2Vlad
Morozov
RUS21.4104/09
3Ben
Proud
GBR21.4204/17
4Michael
Andrew
USA21.4806/20
5Florent
Manaudou
FRA21.5307/31
6Bruno
Fratus
BRA21.5708/01
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WOMEN’S 50 FREE – FINALS

  • Euros cut – 25.09
  • Olympics cut – 24.69

Top 3

  1. Costanza Cocconcelli – 25.04
  2. Federica Pellegrini – 25.07
  3. Silvia Di Pietro/Chiara Tarantino – 25.19

19-year-old Costanza Cocconcelli again handed a defeat to veterans Federica Pellegrini and Silvia Di Pietro after topping the prelims this morning.

Cocconcelli, who entered the meet with a lifetime best of 25.23, dropped to 25.15 in prelims before hitting her new best now. On the cusp of going 24 seconds, she qualifies for Euros with this swim. Pellegrini, meanwhile, was just .15 off of her lifetime best.

Italian record-holder Di Pietro tied for third with Chiara Tarantino, the 17-year-old. That’s a new best for Tarantino by a couple of tenths.

MEN’S 400 IM – FINALS

  • Euros cut – 4:15.09
  • Olympics cut – 4:13.09

Top 3

  1. Pier Andrea Matteazzi – 4:15.80
  2. Pietro Sarpe – 4:19.42
  3. Federico Turrini – 4:21.06

Pier Andrea Matteazzi neared a best in the 400 IM final, ultimately falling just under a second off with a 4:15.80. That’s a season-best for Matteazzi, but it’s not quite enough to get under the cut for Euros.

Pietro Sarpe, after leading prelims, broke 4:20 for the first time to snag second in 4:19.42, while veteran Federico Turrini was third in 4:21.06.

WOMEN’S 400 IM – FINALS

  • Euros cut – 4:39.09
  • Olympics cut – 4:37.09

Top 3

  1. Sara Franceschi – 4:37.06
  2. Ilaria Cusinato – 4:40.58
  3. Carlotta Toni – 4:44.04

We have our first Olympic ticket punched of the week here, as Sara Franceschi breaks through with her first-ever swim under the 4:40 barrier.

It’s a monumental swim for Franceschi, who hadn’t gone a lifetime best in this event since she went 4:40.03 back in 2016, five years ago. The 22-year-old is now the sixth Italian woman under 4:40 in history, and she’s now the fourth-fastest Italian woman ever.

Ilaria Cusinato, who slammed down a 4:34.65 at the Sette Colli Trophy in 2018, was second here in 4:40.58, not quite enough to qualify for Euros.

Franceschi moves to #5 in the world rankings this season.

2020-2021 LCM Women 400 IM

YuiJPN
Ohashi
07/24
4:32.08
2Kaylee
McKeown
AUS4:32.7312/13
3Emma
Weyant
USA4:32.7607/24
4Hali
Flickinger
USA4:33.9606/13
5Melanie
Margalis
USA4:34.0806/13
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MEN’S 200 BREAST – FINALS

  • Euros cut – 2:10.59
  • Olympics cut – 2:08.59

Top 3

  1. Edoardo Giorgetti – 2:10.93
  2. Andrea Castello – 2:11.16
  3. Alessandro Fusco – 2:12.56

Coming just short of the Euros cut, 32-year-old Edoardo Giorgetti dropped over two seconds from prelims to win it at 2:10.93. Andrea Castello was very close behind, settling for second at 2:11.16.

WOMEN’S 200 BACK – FINALS

  • Euros cut – 2:10.49
  • Olympics cut – 2:08.50

Top 3

  1. Margherita Panziera – 2:05.56
  2. Erika Gaetani – 2:11.80
  3. Martina Cenci – 2:12.20

Margherita Panziera dipped under her own Italian record with a stunning performance, clocking a 2:05.56 to shave over a tenth off of the old mark of 2:05.72.

Panziera was out in 1:01.88 and came home in a 1:03.68, going out in 30.1 and then holding 31s the rest of the way. She was 31.7/31.9/31.7 over the last three 50s, demonstrating impeccable endurance and pacing.

Panziera now ranks second in the world this year, the second woman under 2:07 and behind only Australian teenage phenom Kaylee McKeown.

2020-2021 LCM Women 200 Back

KayleeAUS
McKeown
06/17
2:04.28
2Kylie
Masse
CAN2:05.4207/31
3Margherita
Panziera
ITA2:05.5603/31
4Rhyan
White
USA2:05.7306/19
5Emily
Seebohm
AUS2:06.1707/31
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Italian junior record-holder Erika Gaetani took second in 2:11.80, off of her lifetime best 2:10.28.

MEN’S 400 FREE – FINALS

  • Euros cut – 3:48.89
  • Olympics cut – 3:46.09

Top 3

  1. Gabriele Detti – 3:44.65
  2. Marco De Tullio – 3:44.74
  3. Matteo Ciampi – 3:47.61

This race came down to the finish for Italian record-holder Gabriele Detti and Marco De Tullio. Both are already qualified for Tokyo, but both went over a second quicker than the Olympic cut as it was.

Both men were less than two seconds away from Detti’s Italian record of 3:43.23. For De Tullio, it’s a new best by a tenth, eclipsing his old best of 3:44.86 from the 2019 World Championships 400 free final, where his time was good for fifth overall.

They also both rank top-five in the world this year, moving up to #3 and #4, respectively.

2020-2021 LCM Men 400 Free

2Jack
McLoughlin
AUS3:43.2706/12
3Ahmed
Hafnaoui
TUN3:43.3607/24
4Henning
Muehilleitner
GER3:43.6707/24
5Felix
Auboeck
AUT3:43.9107/24
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WOMEN’S 400 FREE – FINALS

  • Euros cut – 4:08.29
  • Olympics cut – 4:06.29

Top 3

  1. Simona Quadarella – 4:06.49
  2. Martina Caramignoli – 4:08.39
  3. Giulia Salin – 4:11.04

Though not able to get under the Olympic cut, the already-qualified Simona Quadarella swam to the win at 4:06.49. She was almost two seconds ahead of Martina Caramignoli‘s 4:08.39, and she, too, is already qualified for Tokyo.

Quadarella moves to #5 in the world rankings, less than two seconds back of Katie Ledecky‘s 4:04.72 and Wang Jiajiahe‘s #1 time of 4:03.02.

2020-2021 LCM Women 400 Free

AriarneAUS
Titmus
07/26
3:56.69
2Katie
Ledecky
USA3:57.3607/26
3Li
Bingjie
CHN4:01.0807/26
4Erika
Fairweather
NZL4:02.2807/25
5Summer
McIntosh
CAN4:02.4207/26
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8 months ago

Here we are! Forza azzurri!!

Khachaturian
8 months ago

Why is the olympic cut so fast?

Comet
Reply to  Khachaturian
8 months ago

Most countries have extremely difficult to attain Olympic standards. They want to severely limit the amount of tourists to the Olympics.

ab88
8 months ago

Margherita Pizza really good, great time

Anonymoose
Reply to  ab88
8 months ago

*taste

Canadian Swimmer
8 months ago

4:15.8 not even qualifying for the Olympics, let alone Euros seems absurd. I know 2019 Worlds was slower than average but Italy’s 4:13.0 cut was good enough for fourth!

Not sure
Reply to  Canadian Swimmer
8 months ago

4:15 in the 400IM in Japan might make top 8… same in the US.

I believe they are taking just those who can easily make a semi-final even with an ok swim… 4:15 as your PB would probably mean 4:18 in an ok race – and that doesn’t make top 16 at the Olympics.

Why spending the money when there is none??

Canadian Swimmer
Reply to  Not sure
8 months ago

Same argument cuts both ways though, in a race like 400IM the difference between swimming alone (like in this case) and in a race can be 3s and that 4:12 puts you on the podium.

Owlmundo
8 months ago

These olympic standard times they got going on… on the right day they could final at the olympics. Kind of absurd, I want to see the athletes get to participate.

If anything the standard should be slightly more laxed. This is obscene. Perhaps the countries greatest freestyler ever, although granted not in the 50, doesnt make the cut? That aint right chief. Those times would make semis at major competitions therefore they are major competition so they should be included in the event.

Last edited 8 months ago by Owlmundo

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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