Benedetta Pilato Breaks Italian Record in 100 Breast (1:05.44), No. 5 in World This Season

2024 SETTE COLLI TROPHY

Benedetta Pilato kicked off the 2024 Sette Colli Trophy with an Italian record in the 100 breaststroke on Friday, blasting a personal-best 1:05.44 that ranks 5th in the world this season.

2023-2024 LCM Women 100 Breast

QiantingCHN
TANG
04/21
1:04.39
2Evgeniia
CHIKUNOVA
RUS1:05.1104/17
3Tatjana
SCHOENMAKER
RSA1:05.4104/12
4Lilly
KING
USA1:05.4306/17
5Benedetta
PILATO
ITA1:05.4406/21
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The 19-year-old world champion lowered her previous-best 1:05.70 from the 2022 Italian Championships. In the process, Pilato erased Arianna Castiglioni‘s national record of 1:05.67 that had stood for three years since the 2021 Sette Colli Trophy.

It’s a promising sign for Pilato ahead of the Paris Olympics next month. She missed the 100 breast final with a 9th-place finish at the 2024 World Championships (1:06.70) and skipped last year’s Worlds after winning the 2022 world title in 1:05.93.

Women’s 100 Breast – Final

  • World record: 1:04.13, Lilly King (USA) – 2017
  • European record: 1:04.34, Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) – 2013
  • Meet record: 1:04.98, Yuliya Efimova (RUS) – 2018
  • Olympic ‘A’ cut: 1:06.79

Top 8:

  1. Benedetta Pilato (ITA) – 1:05.44
  2. Angharad Evans (GBR) – 1:05.91
  3. Martina Carraro (ITA) – 1:06.43
  4. Tes Schouten (NED) – 1:06.65
  5. Henrietta Fangli (HUN) – 1:07.08
  6. Kara Hanlon (SCO) – 1:07.29
  7. Francesca Zucca (ITA) – 1:07.53
  8. Sophie Hansson (SWE) – 1:07.62

Angharad Evans threw down the second sub-1:06 swim of her career after breaking the British record last month with a personal-best 1:05.54 — the second-fastest swim ever by a British woman and the 6th-fastest in the world this season. Her 1:05.91 tonight was more than half a second faster than her 1:06.54 at British Trials in April.

Martina Carraro recorded her fastest 100 breast since last April’s Italian Championships, placing 3rd in 1:06.43. The 30-year-old dipped under the standard of 1:06.79, but there are no available slots in the event since Pilato and Lisa Angiolini already qualified.

Tes Schouten, who won silver in the 100 breast at the 2024 World Championships, placed 4th in 1:06.65. The 23-year-old Dutchwoman ranks 9th in the world this season with her season-best 1:05.82 from February.

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CavaDore
29 days ago

I wish Jasmine Nocentini was swimming at the Olympics or this meet because I’d love to see what she could swim in a tapered 100 m breast after her phenomenal swim at NCs.

Breezeway
Reply to  CavaDore
28 days ago

Why isn’t she?

Italian fan
Reply to  Breezeway
28 days ago

She had to study for her exams

Dan
29 days ago

Wow! 3-4 horse race here

Aragon Son of Arathorne
29 days ago

wow! look out world. King better be ready for this lady.

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