Italy Grabs the Lead in Euros Medals Table After Paltrinieri Record

After 3 days at the 2016 European Aquatics Championships in London, England, it’s the Italians, led by the men’s squad and Gregorio Paltrinieri, who sit atop the medals table by traditional Gold-Silver-Bronze rankings. They are one of 6 nations to have won 2 events so far, and hold the tie-breaker thanks to 4 silver medals.

Paltrinieri’s gold in the 1500 adds to the 400 free title won by his training partner Gabriele Detti on the meet’s first day.

Italy still has work to do to match the 5 gold medals they won at the 2014 Championships or the 6 they won in 2012.

While the Italians lead the way by traditional rankings, it is the host team of Great Britain who has the most total medals, with 2 gold, 2 silver, and 4 bronze (one more than Italy’s total of 7). While portions of the British team have made headlines for what they haven’t done, the home squad is still in the chase to meet the federation-stated goal of topping the table, thanks in part to 2 new bronze medals on Wednesday.

The full table, through 3 days, is below:

MEDALS AFTER 15 EVENTS
RANK NAT WOMEN MEN MIXED TOTAL
G S B TOTAL G S B TOTAL G S B TOTAL G S B TOTAL RNK BY TOTAL
1  ITALY 1 1 2 2 1 5 1 1 2 4 1 7 2
2  GREAT BRITAIN 1 2 3 1 1 2 4 1 1 2 2 4 8 1
3  HUNGARY 2 1 3 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 3 6 3
4  NETHERLANDS 1 1 1 3 1 1 2 1 1 4 4
5  SWEDEN 2 1 3 2 1 3 5
6  FRANCE 2 2 2 2 7
7  UKRAINE 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 3 5
8  GREECE 1 1 2 1 1 2 7
8  LITHUANIA 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 7
10  ICELAND 1 1 1 1 10
10  DENMARK 1 1 1 1 10
10  ISRAEL 1 1 1 1 10
10  SERBIA 1 1 1 1 10
10  NORWAY 1 1 1 1 10
10  RUSSIA 1 1 1 1 10
16  PORTUGAL 1 1 1 1 10
16  CROATIA 1 1 1 1 10
16  BELGIUM 1 1 1 1 10
TOTAL 6 6 6 18 8 8 9 25 1 1 1 3 15 15 16 46

Trophy

Scoring for the Team Trophy places a bigger emphasis on roster depth, as the top 8 swimmers in each event are scored, rather than just 3 medalists.

In either case, the Italians still hold a lead by the varied standard – 64 points better than Britain. 65 points is the equivalent of just more than 3 individual event wins.

Italy has had the most total finalists of any country in the field, with 24 individuals plus 1 mixed relay earning top 8 finishes. Britain has 23, and Hungary has 16.

With 2 Katinka Hosszu finals berths and a Laszlo Cseh swim in the 200 fly on Thursday, the Hungarians could make a chase at Britain’s #2 position in this trophy by the day’s end.

TROPHY AFTER 15 EVENTS
RANK NAT MEN WOMEN MIXED POINTS
1  ITALY 166 (12) 128 (12) 32 (1) 326
2  GREAT BRITAIN 140 (14) 86 (9) 36 (1) 262
3  HUNGARY 111 (11) 75 (5) 30 (1) 216
4  NETHERLANDS 53 (4) 96 (6) 149
4  FRANCE 84 (7) 65 (5) 149
6  SWEDEN 4 (1) 90 (6) 28 (1) 122
7  POLAND 61 (8) 23 (3) 84
8  GREECE 77 (5) 6 (2) 83
9  FINLAND 26 (3) 30 (3) 20 (1) 76
10  SPAIN 39 (6) 32 (3) 71
11  UKRAINE 54 (5) 16 (1) 70
12  BELGIUM 51 (3) 11 (2) 62
12  CZECH REPUBLIC 26 (4) 36 (5) 62
14  DENMARK 4 (1) 55 (4) 59
15  TURKEY 5 (2) 27 (3) 26 (1) 58
16  ISRAEL 41 (4) 13 (1) 54
17  NORWAY 27 (2) 22 (1) 49
18  SERBIA 42 (4) 42
19  ICELAND 11 (1) 30 (3) 41
20  RUSSIA 30 (3) 9 (2) 39
21  SWITZERLAND 10 (1) 28 (2) 38
22  ROMANIA 36 (2) 36
23  LITHUANIA 15 (1) 19 (2) 34
23  SLOVENIA 17 (3) 17 (2) 34
25  PORTUGAL 28 (2) 2 (1) 30
26  IRELAND 14 (2) 14 (1) 28
27  MOLDOVA 24 (1) 24
28  CROATIA 8 (1) 15 (1) 23
29  AUSTRIA 19 (4) 1 (1) 20
30  GERMANY 12 (2) 3 (1) 15
31  BELARUS 13 (1) 13
32  BULGARIA 12 (1) 12
32  LUXEMBOURG 12 (1) 12
34  SLOVAKIA 4 (1) 4

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