Italian swimmer Gregorio Paltrinieri has broken the oldest World Record on FINA’s books on Friday at the 2015 European Short Course Championships in Netanya, Israel.
Paltrinieri, who is the defending World Champion in the 1500 free in both long course and short course meters, broke a World Record in the latter on Friday.
His final time of 14:08.06 crushed the old record set by Australian Grant Hackett in 2001 by over two seconds: Hackett swam a 14:10.10 when he was 21 years old: the same age that Paltrinieri is now.
Since this record was first recognized in 1992, it has only been set four times by two swimmers: Australians Kieren Perkins and Grant Hackett. That means Paltrinieri is the first swimmer to take the record outside of that country’s national borders.
Paltrinieri was also the former holder of the European and Italian Records, which he set at last year’s World Championships, in 14:16.10.
The Italians finished 1st and 2nd in this race, with Paltrinieri’s training partner Gabrielle Detti swimming 14:18.00 for 2nd place. The two are separated by just a week in age, and their coach Stefano Morini was recently named the Italian Coach of the Year for the second straight time.
Hackett still holds the oldest World Record on the books: his 800 short course meters free time from 2008 of 7:23.42 now holds that honor.