2022 FINA SHORT COURSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Tuesday, December 13 to Sunday, December 18, 2022
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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.