After falling to countryman Gabriele Detti in both the 400 and 800 freestyles, 19-year-old Gregorio Paltrinieri broke through with a runaway win in the 1500 free, breaking his own Italian record in the process.
Paltrinieri, the 2012 world champ in the event, started his breakaway early, building a one second lead by the 200 mark and doubling that margin by the 300. His 14:44.50 takes another second or so off the Italian mark Paltrinieri set last summer while taking bronze at the World Championships.
Correction: We originally reported that the national record was 14:48.20 set in 2009 as live results indicated. But Paltrinieri broke that record last August. The story has been updated to reflect this.
That time for Paltinieri is also the runaway top time in the world this year, topping Australian Mack Horton by 7 seconds. Detti took second, going a very-respectable 14:56.80 that checks in at third in the world ranks.
Another national record saw a narrow-miss: 19-year-old Lisa Fissneider rattled the Italian mark in the 50 breast but ultimately missed it by .01. Her 31.09 was just a fingernail off of Roberta Panara‘s 2009 mark, and also ranks 5th in the world.
Federica Pellegrini also had a big swim on night 4, going 1:55.69 to win the women’s 200 free. That time for Pellegrini leaps to third in the world ranks for the reigning national record-holder, just .01 behind Australian Emma McKeon for second.
Federico Turrini won a touchout for the national 200 IM crown. He finished in 2:00.34, just holding off a late charge from Damiano Lestingi. The latter took second place in 2:00.48, and Davide Cova roared in from out of nowhere with the fastest closing split (a full second faster than Lestingi and almost two faster than Turrini) to take third in 2:00.65.
Arianna Barbieri won the women’s 50 back in another close race. Barbieri was 28.56, just .06 faster than runner-up Elena Gemo, the Italian record-holder in the event.
There is just one more day of racing left in these Italian National Championships.