Italian Men Take Out 2008 National Record In 400 Free Relay


The Italian men fought their way to a fourth-place finish in the final of the men’s 400 free relay on the opening night in Gwangju, breaking their National Record in a time of 3:11.39.

The quartet of Santo CondorelliManuel FrigoLuca Dotto and Alessandro Miressi combined for that time to take out the 3:11.48 mark that was established back during the 2008 Olympic Games.

That team was made up of Alessandro CalviChristian GalendaMarco Belotti and Filippo Magnini, as the team placed fourth in that epic final in Beijing.

Going leg-by-leg, the main difference between the two teams was that they had all three of their swimmers with a takeover split under 48 this year, with Frigo’s 47.29 the fastest.

Italy, 2008 Olympic Games Italy, 2019 World Championships
Calvi – 48.49 Condorelli – 48.72
Galenda – 47.49 Frigo – 47.29
Belotti – 48.23 Dotto – 47.81
Magnini – 47.27 Miressi – 47.57
3:11.48 3:11.39

After Condorelli put them eighth after the lead-off, Frigo moved them up into fourth and then Dotto had them third at the final exchange. On the anchor leg, it was current world #1 Kyle Chalmers who overtook Miressi to help Australia win bronze in 3:11.22, splitting 47.06.

The U.S. men won in a new Championship Record of 3:09.06, highlighted by a 46.86 leg from Zach Apple, and Russia won silver in 3:09.97.

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James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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