Disclaimer: Dolfin Swim of the Week is not meant to be a conclusive selection of the best overall swim of the week, but rather one Featured Swim to be explored in deeper detail. The Dolfin Swim is an opportunity to take a closer look at the context of one of the many fast swims this week, perhaps a swim that slipped through the cracks as others grabbed the headlines, or a race we didn’t get to examine as closely in the flood of weekly meets.
It’s been a sparse summer of racing amid the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, and though the overall results have still shown remarkable improvements at lower levels, truly historic elite-level swims have been few and far between.
This week, one such swim clearly stood out.
Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri smashed a 14:33.10 to win the 1500 free at the Sette Colli Trophy. That is the second-best swim in history in the event, trailing only the 2012 world record set by China’s Sun Yang.
All-Time Top 10 Performances, Men’s 1500m Freestyle
- Sun Yang, China – 14:31.02 (2012)
- Gregorio Paltrinieri, Italy – 14:33.10 (2020)
- Gregorio Paltrinieri, Italy – 14:34.04 (2016)
- Sun Yang, China – 14:34.14 (2011)
- Grant Hackett, Australia – 14:34.56 (2001)
- Gregorio Paltrinieri, Italy – 14:34.57 (2016)
- Sun Yang, China – 14:35.43 (2010)
- Gregorio Paltrinieri, Italy – 14:35.85 (2017)
- Florian Wellbrock, Germany – 14:36.15 (2018)
- Florian Wellbrock, Germany – 14:36.54 (2019)
All-Time Top 10 Performers, Men’s 1500m Freestyle
- Sun Yang, China – 14:31.02
- Gregorio Paltrinieri, Italy – 14:33.10
- Grant Hackett, Australia – 14:34.56
- Florian Wellbrock, Germany – 14:36.15
- Mykhailo Romanchuk, Ukraine – 14:36.88
- Ous Mellouli, Tunisia – 14:37.28
- Connor Jaeger, USA – 14:39.48
- Mack Horton, Australia – 14:39.54
- Ryan Cochrane, Canada – 14:39.63
- Gabriele Detti, Italy – 14:40.86
It’s a personal-best for Paltrinieri, breaking through with a 1500 free best for the first time since 2016. Paltrinieri is the defending Olympic champ, with the Olympic champ before him (Sun) currently out on an 8-year ban.
Paltrinieri will turn 26 next month and will have a chance to defend his Olympic gold next summer, provided the pandemic improves by then.
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