En Route To Double Open Water Golds, Paltrinieri Injures Elbow

You can read the original report in Italian on SwimSwam Italia here.

Italian Gregorio Paltrinieri topped the podium in both the men’s 5k and 10k races at last week’s U.S. Open Water National Championships. You can read the full reports of each event below:

However, en route to victory, the 24-year-old 1500m free Olympic gold medalist incurred an elbow injury, one severe enough to change his training camp plans.

According to the Italian Swimming Federation, Paltrinieri suffered “a distortion of the right elbow from hyperextension at the time of the winning touch on the 5 km scoreboard in Miami. Two weeks of rest and recovery physiotherapy is prescribed. The injury will not allow Paltrinieri to participate in the altitude camp scheduled in Flagstaff.”

The remaining Italian swimmers are headed to Flagstaff, Arizona with coach Stefano Morini and are slated to stay through the end of May. Gabriele Detti is among italian swimmers aiming to then compete at the final state of the FINA CHampions Swim Series schedule from May 29th – June 1st in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The athletes called for the collegiate in Flagstaff are:


  • Stefano Morini
  • Stefano Franceschi
  • Christian Minotti
  • Lorenzo Marugo
  • Stefano Amirante
  • Alessandro Confuorto.

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Sometimes you gotta risk it to get the biscuit ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


That’s so funny man, nice comment

Tommy Schmitt

Aurélie Muller would disagree lol

Andy Dwyer

Does Paltrinieri have any plans swimming the 10k at the 2020 Olympics? Surprised to see him swimming open water.Or did i just miss something in the past?


He is training for the double (1500 free / 10k open)


He took gold in the 10K at 2017 Universiade

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