Ceccon Heads Up Italian Success At Geneva Challenge


The 55th Geneva Challenge concluded today in Switzerland, with several Italian, French and Russian athletes mixed in among the native Swiss contingent.

For Italy, national record holder Margherita Panziera got it done on several levels, including in the women’s 200m back. Posting a time of 2:10.40, Panziera scored a new meet record to make her presence known. The 26-year-old also ended her meet with a time of 1:00.54 in the women’s 100m back on day 3.

Her teammate Thomas Ceccon was in action as well, collecting a meet record of his own in the men’s 100m back. Ceccon earned a winning time of 53.06 to come out on top. Ceccon is the national record holder in this event, producing a lifetime best of 52.30 at last summer’s Olympic Games.

Elena di Liddo and Matteo Rivolta each also contributed to Italy’s collection of hardware. The former reaped gold in the 50m fly in 27.17 and 100m fly in 59.29 while the latter topped the men’s 100m fly in 52.70.

Top Swiss performances came to the tune of Roman Mityukov snagging 200m free gold in 1:49.43 and also the 50m back top prize on day 3 in 25.64. Noe Ponti, Olympic bronze medalist, hit 24.14 in the 50m fly.

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