Italian Men Crack Short Course 4×100 Freestyle World Record With 3:02.75

by Ben Dornan 9

December 13th, 2022 Europe, International, News


The Italian men have reset the short course 4×100 freestyle relay world record with a 3:02.75 at the 2022 Short Course World Championships. That time brings the record under 3:03 for the first time, improving upon the American’s 2018 mark of 3:03.03.

Alessandro Miressi lead off the Italian relay with a 46.15, slightly trailing his own PB and national record of 45.57. Miressi touched the wall in first place, ahead of Drew Kibler who started the American team’s efforts with a 46.84. Paolo Conte Bonin and Leonardo Deplano kept the Italian momentum going with respective splits of 45.93 and 45.54. The 2nd and 3rd men from the USA were Shaine Casas (45.90) and Carson Foster (46.58), while Australia’s Matt Temple (46.06) and Thomas Neill (46.55) put their team in a good position as well.

By the time Italian anchor Thomas Ceccon dove into the pool, the race was his, but he still had some work to do in order to clinch the world record. Ceccon delivered a 45.13 split, which was the second-fastest in the field, and stopped the clock with a 3:02.75 to break the world record by 0.28 seconds.

Team USA, consisting of Caeleb Dressel, Blake Pieroni, Michael Chadwick, and Ryan Held broke the world record at 2018 Short Course Worlds with a 3:03.03, narrowly defeating Russia’s 3:03.11 European record. In addition to being a world record, the Italian’s 3:02.75 is a new Italian, European, and Championship record.

Italy – 3:02.75 (2022) USA – 3:03.03 (2018)
100 46.15 – Miressi 45.66 – Dressel
200 45.93 – Conte Bonin 45.75 – Pieroni
300 45.54 – Deplano 45.86 – Chadwick
400 45.13 – Ceccon 45.76 – Held

Italy had a solid back half of the session as Gregorio Paltrinieri closed out the individual events with a 14:16.88 victory in the 1500 freestyle to win his second short course world title in the event. That was followed by Australia’s world record-breaking swim in the women’s 4×100 freestyle and then Italy’s decisive victory in the men’s relay to close out day 1.

Italy now stands in second place on the medal table with two medals, behind Australia’s two golds, a silver, and a bronze.

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9 months ago

Even as an American this is hype too see other nations getting so fast

9 months ago

I know it’s a SCM meet but these guys are gonna be super dangerous come Paris. Apart from maybe Deplano everyone else has a very long stroke, with Miressi and Ceccon already proven to be long course beasts

9 months ago

Not gonna lie, SCM is mad weird

9 months ago

I wasn’t expecting this WR to be contested yet but what an amazing swim for Italy.

9 months ago

Congrats to Italy! Becoming a swimming force. Good to see more diversity in these relays and events, makes everyone better!

9 months ago

Gotta be honest I didn’t see a Dressel, Pieroni, Chadwick, and Held WR going down anytime soon. Well done to the Italian lads! To think if Miressi would have hit his PB we would have been close to 3:01 territory..

Last edited 9 months ago by BigBoiJohnson
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9 months ago

Other than Miressi not having his best swim, Conte Bonin just turned 20, and was also 0.3 slower than his morning swim, I’d say there’s plenty of room for improvement

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9 months ago


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9 months ago

I don’t think putting Miressi first is a good choice, going forward. He is not the best starter. Yes there’s room for improvement, they could go 3:02 low