2012 Italian Olympian Gabriele Detti put his name on the national record books on the first day of Italian Nationals, going 7:42.74 to win the 800 free and set a new Italian record.
Detti took over a second off of Federico Colbertaldo‘s 2009 mark of 7:43.84, and a second swimmer, Gregorio Paltrinieri, also got under the record.
Colbertado’s was also the old European Record as well, so Detti will get that mark as well.
Detti also takes over the top spot in the world rankings by over ten seconds, topping Australian Junior World Record holder Mack Horton. The previous top 5:
Other notable swims from the first day of competition:
Christopher Ciccarese went 53.94 to win the 100 back, touching out Niccolo Bonacchi by just .04. Both men now rank just inside the world top 10 on the year.
The women’s 100 back event went to Anna Barbieri. She went 1:00.42 to just sneak into the 2014 top 10 as well.
Mattia Pesce went 27.38 to win the men’s 50 breast, coming within two tenths of Fabio Scozzoli‘s national record.
While the men swam that 800 free where Detti dominated, the women competed in the 400 free, with national record-holder Federica Pellegrini easily topping the field. Her 4:04.56 is still five seconds off her Italian record, but won the race by four seconds and sits tied for the 2nd-fastest time in the world this year.
Stefania Pirozzi won the women’s 200 fly, going 2:07.82 to sit fourth in the world ranks. Individual events closed with the men’s 100 free, which went to Luca Dotto in 49.04. Dotto had to touch out Luca Leonardo by .08 to take home the national title.