2019 ITALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Tuesday, April 2nd – Saturday, April 6th
- Stadio del Nuoto – Riccione (ITA)
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Olympic champion Gregorio Paltrinieri sealed up his spot on the Italian roster for this summer’s World Championships, making the squad in the men’s 1500m free. While competing on the final night in Riccione, the 24-year-old freestyle ace clocked a gold medal worth time of 14:38.34 to hit a mark within striking distance of the 14:34.57 he notched in Rio.
Paltrinieri’s time also checks-in as the fastest in the world.
Of his performance, Paltrinieri tells us in the video that, “it’s a good result for this point in time. The 800m wasn’t so good, so this 1500m was better. We’ll see what happens in Gwangju.”
In the 800m at these championships, Paltrinieri finished 2nd behind Gabriele Detti, also qualifying for Gwangju in a solid 7:45.35.
As originally reported:
MEN’S 1500M FREE
- time limit 14:53.9
- GOLD Gregorio Paltrinieri 1438.34
- SILVER Domenico Acerenza 15: 12.96
- BRONZE Alessio Occhipinti 15: ]15.49
24-year-old Olympic gold medalist Gregorio Paltrinieri simply manhandled the 1500m freestyle field tonight, clocking 14:38.34 to dominate the field by over 30 seconds.
Paltrinieri’s gold medal-winning time from Rio was 14:34.57, so tonight’s effort in Riccione was within 4 seconds of that outing. The Italian’s time easily overtake the top spot in the world’s rankings, beating out what German Florian Wellbrock produced last night in Bergen of 14:44.80, as well as what Sun Yang of China hit at his Nationals (14:55.00).
Paltrinieri’s time tonight checks-in as the 14th fastest performance of all-time, according ot the USA Swimming global database.