Four Italian Swimmers Hit Olympic Cuts at Sette Colli on Final Day of Qualifying Period


Four Italian swimmers hit Olympic qualifying times at the Sette Colli Trophy on Sunday, likely punching tickets to Paris on the last possible day to do so.

Matteo Restivo likely added his name to the Italian Olympic roster with a men’s 200 back win in 1:57.42, barely under the Olympic ‘A’ cut of 1:57.50. The 29-year-old Restivo owns the Italian record at 1:56.29 from the 2018. He competed at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, placing 20th in the 200 back (1:58.36).

Margherita Panziera put her name into Olympic consideration by matching the qualifying time in the women’s 200 back (2:10.39) en route to 3rd place. The 28-year-old owns the Italian record at 2:05.56 from 2021 and placed 9th (2:09.54) at the Tokyo Olympics later that year.

Panziera wasn’t the only Italian swimmer who equaled the Olympic ‘A’ cut on Sunday. Francesca Fangio earned a runner-up finish in the women’s 200 breast at 2:23.91, booking another trip to the Olympics after she placed 15th in Tokyo. The 28-year-old Fangio owns the national record at 2:23.06 from the 2021 Sette Colli Trophy.

Luca de Tullio, 20, crushed the Olympic cut with a runner-up finish in 14:48.77, dropping almost six seconds off his previous-best 14:54.31 from last August’s European U23 Championships. He will likely swim both the 800 free and 1500 free in Paris next month after hitting both Olympic qualifying times this weekend in Rome.

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