2019 MARE NOSTRUM – CANET
- June 11-12, 2019
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- Mare Nostrum Records
- Day 1 Prelims Recap
During the finals of the Canet stop of the Mare Nostrum tour, 19-year-old Argentinian Delfina Pignatiello broke her own national record in the 800 free with a 8:24.33. Pigantiello was in a tight race with Hungarian Ajna Kesely, but settled for second behind her winning time of 8:24.25.
What made the race more exciting? Pignatiello was spotted wearing air pods during the whole 8-and-a-half minute race. She would later joke on Twitter with a fan that there wasn’t any music playing.
— Sebastián Beltrame (@sebas23CARP) June 11, 2019
Her previous mark was set at the 2017 FINA Junior World Championships, where her then lifetime best and national record of 8:25.22 won her gold.
Pignatiello’s one-second drop also makes her the first South American woman ever under 8:25 in the event. Her time also re-broke the same South American record she held from 2017. Her time is just outside of the top 25 all-time performers list. The 19-year-old also holds the 1500 SCM South American record (15:48.32), putting her as the 11th-fastest performer in history in that event.
Currently, Pignatiello holds the 7th-fastest time in the world this year behind Canet winner Kesely. Along with the 800 free, Pignatiello holds three other freestyle national records (200/400/1500 free) and two relay national records (400 FR-R, 800 FR-R).