Mykhailo Romanchuk Breaks CR With #2 Swim All-Time In Men’s 1500


  • Tuesday, December 11th – Sunday, December 16th
  • Hangzhou, China
  • Tennis Centre, Hangzhou Olympic & International Expo Center
  • SCM (25m)
  • Prelims: 9:30 am local, 8:30 pm ET / Finals: 7:00 pm* local, 6:00* am ET
  • *The final night of finals will be one hour earlier, starting at 6:00 pm local and 5:00 am ET
  • Live Results (Omega)

Both swimming their first final of the Championships, Ukrainian Mykhailo Romanchuk and Italian Gregorio Paltrinieri went head-to-head in the men’s 1500, and then ended up swimming the 2nd and 3rd fastest times in history.

Paltrinieri, the world record holder from 2015 in 14:08.06, actually led Romanchuk at every single 50 checkpoint up until the last lap, where Romanchuk exploded with a 25.84 leg to overtake him and win the gold.

Romanchuk’s final time was 14:09.14, lowering the Championship Record of 14:15.51 set by Park Tae Hwan in 2016 along with his Ukrainian mark that had stood at 14:14.59.

Paltrinieri’s final time of 14:09.87 was still just the 3rd swim ever to break 14:10, as he now owns two of them, and in 3rd place Henrik Christiansen broke the Norwegian Record in 14:19.39. This is also Paltrinieri’s second consecutive silver in the event after winning in 2014, as he was the runner-up to Park two years ago.

For over 14 years Grant Hackett‘s swim of 14:10.10 was the world record in this event, and we’ve now seen the 14:10 threshold broken three times.


  1. Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA), 14:08.06
  2. Mykhailo Romanchuk (UKR), 14:09.14
  3. Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA), 14:09.87
  4. Grant Hackett (AUS), 14:10.10
  5. Mykhailo Romanchuk (UKR), 14:14.59
  6. Mykhailo Romanchuk (UKR), 14:15.49
  7. Park Tae Hwan (KOR), 14:15.51
  8. Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA), 14:16.10
  9. Yuri Prilukov (RUS), 14:16.13
  10. Gabriele Detti (ITA), 14:18.00

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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