2021 SETTE COLLI
- Friday, June 25th – Sunday, June 27th
- Swimming Stadium of the Foro Italico, Rome, Italy
- LCM (50m)
- Olympic Qualifying Competition
- 2021 Sette Colli Start Lists
This year’s edition of the prestigious annual Sette Colli competition in Rome, Italy is nearly upon us, with action kicking on Friday, June 25th. Although the majority of the Italian Olympic roster is set, athletes can still vie for open spots here at this competition, with the final FINA qualification date set at June 27th.
Originally entered to race, albeit in just the 800m free, was Italian Olympic champion Gregorio Paltrinieri. The 26-year-old freestyle ace is coming off of 800m and 1500m victories at this year’s European Championships in Budapest.
Now, however, with the Olympic Games just one month away, the Italian Swimming Federation has stated Paltrinieri is suffering from mononucleosis, although he reportedly has slight symptoms.
Per the Mayo Clinic, mono is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus and is contracted via infected saliva. Symptoms typically include fatigue, sore throat, fever, swollen lymph nodes and headache, among others. (Mayo Clinic)
Federation President Paolo Barelli says, “We keep tabs on the infection every day. We are clearly concerned that the Olympic preparation is disrupted but Paltrinieri is a phenomenal champion and will fight to the last meter to take the medals he dreams of in Tokyo.”
Barelli also says, “He has never given up on anything and with his determination, I am confident that he will succeed again this time.”
Paltrinieri is still in the pool training, although his workload has been reduced, as well as his pulling out of the Sette Colli. The man is the reigning Olympic champion in the 1500m free from Rio.