Fans voted from among 10 nominees and chose 3 finalists in each of 8 categories. In the Male Athlete of the Year category, Paltrinieri, the Olympic champion in the 1500 free, is currently the second-most votes among fans with 32%. That ranks him behind the 64% earned by volleyballer Ivan Zaytsev, but well ahead of Olympic gold medalist Judoku Fabio Basile (4%).
Paltrinieri’s gold-medal swim in Rio in the 1500 free was also nominated as a finalist for the single greatest performance of the year by an Italian, receiving 53% of the vote. Niccolo Campriani received the second-most votes (35%), specifically for his performance in the 10-meter air rifle competition at the Olympics – the first of his two gold medals in Rio. Vincenzo Nibali, with 12% of the vote, is the 3rd finalist, nominated for his win in cycling’s Giro d’Italia.
Gabrielle Detti, who is Paltrinieri’s distance training partner, is receiving a 64% share of the Breakout Performer category after taking bronze medals in both the 400 and 1500 freestyles at the Olympics.
Diver Tania Cagnotto, winner of a silver in the Olympic 3-meter synchro competition and bronze in the solo event, was nominated as a finalist for Female Athlete of the Year.
Voting is still open, among the top 3, at sportsawards.gazzetta.it.