2019 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- All sports: Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
- Pool swimming: Sunday, July 21 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
- The Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center, Gwangju, Korea
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Filippo Megli took out a 10-year-old Italian Record in the semi-finals of the men’s 200 freestyle, clocking a time of 1:45.76 to lower Emiliano Brembilla‘s mark of 1:46.29 from the 2009 World Championships.
Megli came into the competition with a personal best time of 1:46.56 from the Italian Championships in April.
Comparing the splits of the old and new records, Brembilla was much quicker on the middle 100, but Megli managed to open and close a combined 1.31 seconds quicker.
|Brembilla, 2009||Megli, 2019|
|51.92 (26.38)||51.70 (26.97)|
|1:18.99 (27.07)||1:18.96 (27.26)|
|1:46.29 (27.30)||1:45.76 (26.80)|
The 22-year-old Megli snuck into the semi-finals in 15th after going 1:46.95 in the heats, and now he makes his way into tomorrow’s final in eighth place. Some of the favorites were left on the outside looking in, including Fernando Scheffer (9th, 1:45.83), James Guy (11th, 1:45.95), Kyle Chalmers (13th, 1:46.21), Townley Haas (14th, 1:46.37) and Andrew Seliskar (15th, 1:46.83).
At the 2017 World Championships, Megli placed 28th in the 200 free, and then followed up by placing fifth at the European Championships last year. He also picked up a silver on the Italian 800 free relay in Glasgow which was his first international medal.