Margherita Panziera Cuts A Tenth Off Italian 200 Back Record With Euros Gold


Margherita Panziera took a tenth off her own national record in the 200 short course meter back, winning gold for Italy at Short Course Euros. Panziera went 2:01.45, winning by eight tenths against the European field.

Here’s a look at her splits:

  • 2018 Italian Championships: 2:01.56  (28.92 / 30.43 / 31.06 / 31.15)
  • 2019 European Championships: 2:01.45  (29.09 / 30.46 / 30.97 / 30.93)

The 24-year-old has now won the past two European titles in the event, this one in short course meters and the prior one in long course in 2018. That follows a 2017 Short Course Euros bronze, and leaves Panziera among the top 200 backstrokers in the continent, though World and Olympic medals have mostly been dominated by non-Europeans lately.

Panziera was 4th at 2019 Worlds in this event in long course meters, and was 17th to just miss semifinals at the 2016 Olympics. She’s well on her way to her first individual World or Olympic level medal, though, as her swim from Euros ranks #2 in the world this season behind only Minna Atherton of Australia.

The win for Panziera comes in a great meet so far for Italy. The Italian women have won three gold medals and seven total medals halfway through tonight’s finals sesson. They currently lead all nations with 10 total medals at Short Course Euros, again, halfway through tonight’s finals session.

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