De Tullio Enters New 200 Free Territory As Italy’s 4th Fastest Performer


19-year-old Marco De Tullio put up the swim of his life to close out his 2020 Sette Colli Trophy campaign.

Competing in the men’s 200m free tonight in Rome, De Tullio clocked a time of 1:46.56 to edge out Olympian and fellow freestyle ace Gabrielle Detti. Detti settled for silver in 1:46.69 while bronze was nabbed by Stefano Ballo in 1:47.29.

For De Tullio, entering this meet the teen’s personal best in this 2free event rested at the 1:48.00 he put up in Rome last year, with that touting representing just he 2nd time he had been under 1:49.

With his 1:46.56 result here tonight, however, De Tullio now becomes Italy’s 4th fastest 200m freestyle performer in history. Splits for De Tullio’s race included 52.47/54.09

Italian Men’s All-Time Performers in 200 Freestyle

  1. 1:45.67, Filippo Megli, 2019
  2. 1:46.29, Emiliano Brembilla, 2009
  3. 1:46.38, Gabriele Detti, 2017
  4. 1:46.56, Marco De Tullio, 2020
  5. 1:46.60 Massimiliano Rosolino, 2000

As originally reported:


Sette Colli Record – Gabriele Detti (ITA), 1:46.78 2016
Italian Record – Filippo Megli, 1:45.67 2019

The men’s 200m free was one of the closest races here in Rome, with the top 2 finishers separated by less than .20. Turning at the 100m mark together was Marco De Tullio and Stefano Ballo, who both turned at 52.47, while Gabriele Detti was right in the mix in 52.66.

De Tullio broke free on the back half in 54.09, but Detti was fast on his hip in 54.03 to come within a fingernail. De Tullio wound up on top in 1:46.56, a new meet record, while Detti settled for silver in 1:46.69. Ballo rounded out the top 3 in 1:47.29.

De Tullio’s performance here is a breakout race for the 19-year-old, with his previous personal best resting athte 1:48.00 he put up in Rome last year. That marked just the 2nd time De Tullio has been under 1:49, with his 1:46.56 tonight making him Italy’s 4th fastest performer all-time.

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11 months ago

Really classy freestyler. Neither tall nor powerful, but in a steady improvement path.

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