2019 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- All sports: Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
- Pool swimming: Sunday, July 21 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
- The Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center, Gwangju, Korea
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The Italian men broke their National Record in the final of the 800 free relay, producing a time of 7:02.01 to narrowly miss a medal.
The team of Filippo Megli, Gabriele Detti, Stefano Ballo and Stefano di Cola came together to erase the 10-year-old super-suited record of 7:03.48 set at the 2009 World Championships in Rome.
That ’09 foursome was made up of former 200 free NR holder Emiliano Brembilla, Gianluca Maglia, Marco Belotti and two-time 100 free World Champion Filippo Magnini.
|Italy, 2009 Worlds||Italy, 2019 Worlds|
|Brembilla – 1:46.29||Megli – 1:45.86|
|Maglia – 1:45.85||Detti – 1:45.30|
|Belotti – 1:45.46||Ballo – 1:45.27|
|Magnini – 1:45.88||di Cola – 1:45.58|
In the prelims, the squad comprised of Megli, Ballo, di Cola and Matteo Ciampi turned some heads by qualifying first for the final in 7:04.97, and then Detti was brought in for the final as they took a run at a spot on the podium.
Megli led off in 1:45.86, just off his National Record of 1:45.67 from the individual event, and then Detti (1:45.30) and Ballo (1:45.27) brought them up into third at the final exchange.
In a wild five-team race on the anchor leg, di Cola put up an impressive 1:45.58 split, but got overtaken by American Townley Haas to leave them on the outside looking in, 0.03 off of the bronze medal.
Australia ended up receiving the top flying split in the field from Mack Horton (1:44.85) on the anchor as they won in 7:00.85, while Russia (7:01.81) and the U.S. (7:01.98) picked up the minor medals while Italy and two-time defending champion Great Britain (7:02.04) missed out.
This is the third Italian relay record to fall through six days of competition, as they also went down in the men’s 400 free (3:11.39) and the mixed 400 medley (3:43.27). We’ve also seen an additional eight individual records fall.