Italian swimmer Gregorio Paltrinieri is one of 4 Italian swimmers who pre-qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in pool swimming this week at the Italian Championships. Paltrinieri stamped his ticket via a 14:42.66 in the 1500 free, and will be joined by Margherita Panziera, Simona Quadarella, and Nicolo Martinenghi as swimmers for whom the pressure is off at the country’s next qualifying opportunity in March.
Paltrinieri is, however, already qualified for the Olympic Games in open water swimming after finishing 6th in the 10km event at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships. He has eased his way into open water swimming, including winning the US National titles in the 5km and 10km races earlier this year.
So that gives him at least 2 swims in Tokyo already, and he says that he’ll shoot for the qualifying standard in the 800 free in March.
Interview courtesy: Giusy Cisale
Paltrinieri is the defending Olympic gold medalist in the 1500 free, and says that this remains his favorite event. He’s also won 5 European Championships in the event (2 long course, 3 short course) and 3 World Championships (2 long course, 1 short course) in that race. That includes gold at the European Short Course Championships earlier this month.