For The First Time Ever, Italy Tops European Championships Medal Table

2022 EUROPEAN AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2022 European Championships wrapped up tonight from Rome, Italy but not before the host nation sealed its spot atop the overall swimming medal table.

For the first time ever, Italy has won the European Championships medal table, amassing a total of 35 pieces of hardware. The nation’s women claimed 13 medals while the men grabbed 20, with 13 golds falling into Italy’s combined total.

That was more than double the number of combined gold of runners-up Hungary, who claimed 15 total medals, including 5 gold. Great Britain rounded out the top 3 with 15 medals as well, but just 4 golds, while the Netherlands and Sweden comprised the rest of the top 5 nations.

For comparison, with Russia having been among the nations competing at last year’s European Championships, Italy snagged 27 medals in all, which included 5 golds, 9 silvers and 13 bronze. That ranked the nation 3rd.

 

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Abbab
1 month ago

Maybe the Italians won just because lots of potential participants decided to avoid travelling to Rome, which is the dirtiest city in the world, in one of the most backwards countries in the whole world.

Lisa
Reply to  Abbab
1 month ago

Maybe, just maybe, you got your butt hurt.

Napoleone
Reply to  Abbab
1 month ago

Envy is a declaration of inferiority

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Robbos
1 month ago

Very impressed with the Italians, they are strong in the men’s. Strong in distance freestyle & very strong in Backstroke & Breaststroke 100s

Mark
1 month ago

“For the first time ever, Italy has won the European Championships medal table, amassing a total of 35 pieces of hardware. The nation’s women claimed 13 medals while the men grabbed 20, with 13 golds falling into Italy’s combined total”.

A very convoluted way of saying Italy was first on the medal table, with 13 gold and 35 medals in total (20 men, 13 women and 2 mixed).

commonwombat
1 month ago

While the usual “qualifiers”, ie post Olympic year/absentees and mucked around racing calendar have validity; its indisputable that the ITA men’s team are on a major upward trajectory and may, currently, be the 2nd strongest overall “unit” behind USA.

They have always produced outstanding individual performers but we are now seeing far greater depth and breadth as evidenced by all 3 relays medalling at Worlds; not just at Euros.

The women are still primarily reliant on a small number of outstanding individuals but there did appear to be signs of some increasing depth in certain events.

Steve Nolan
1 month ago

It’s been cool to see them just get better and better every year. It took me a while, but randomly noticing, “huh, they have like…a pile of guys that’ll be 47 mid in the 4fr, that’ll be pretty good!” to “oh they won the medley at world’s by just being the best team, loogit that.”

Austinpoolboy
1 month ago

Italy very well rounded and deep. Awesome performance in front of home crowd. Well done!

Brits are looking good, Australians too. Canada is awesome. French home team. Paris home team

2924 is going to be exciting!

zdhamme86
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
1 month ago

How do you know where they’ll be 900 years from now?

Go Kamminga Go
Reply to  zdhamme86
1 month ago

Austinpoolboy is from the future

Alison England
Reply to  Go Kamminga Go
1 month ago

Maybe Dressel will be back then? 😉

Jamesabc
Reply to  zdhamme86
1 month ago

Clearly they’re going to be in Paris again to mark the 900th anniversary of the 2024 Paris Olympics. Like I think that’s pretty obvious.

Jay Ryan
1 month ago

Italians were very deep, much more so than in previous years.

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