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After breaking the oldest World Record on the books on Friday at the 2015 European Short Course Championships, Italian Gregorio Paltrinieri hinted that the best might be yet to come at the Duel in the Pool next weekend.
“I dunno, it’s really unexpected,” Paltrinieri said. Three days ago, Paltrinieri said that he was primarily in full training, and that he’s just begun a taper this week with an eye on the Duel in the Pool, not necessarily these European Championships.
And yet, he still swam a 14:08.06 in the 1500 free and by two seconds broke Grant Hackett’s 14-year old World Record in the event: the oldest standing by roughly seven years.
The Italian seemed elated with his performance, and while two straight weeks of travel can put a toll on a swimmer, Paltrinieri’s comments indicate that he was expecting faster swimming in Indianapolis next week, which puts this record again on notice just 7 days from now.
At the Duel in the Pool, Paltrinieri will have a chance at re-breaking his own record, which is a new twist on this year’s meet. Historically, both the men and the women have race the 800 at the Duel.