Pellegrini Blasts 1:52.66 Split As Italian Women Down 4×200 Record


  • Tuesday, December 11th – Sunday, December 16th
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The Italian women broke their National Record for the second straight time in the women’s 4×200 free relay, first doing so in the prelims and then again in the final.

In the heats, they clocked 7:44.82 to lower the previous mark of 7:46.01 set at the 2012 World Championships in Istanbul. In tonight’s final, they dropped the record all the way down to 7:43.18 on the strength of a 1:52.66 3rd leg from Federica Pellegrini.

That gave Pellegrini, who is the only returning member from that 2012 team, the 2nd fastest split among swimmers with a relay exchange in the field. Wang Jianjiahe of China was quickest in 1:52.52, as they broke the world record in 7:34.08. Australian Ariarne Titmus was faster than everyone from a flat start in 1:52.22.

Italy ended up finishing 6th, and their team was made up of the same four swimmers who broke the record in prelims: Margherita PanzieraErica Musso, Pellegrini and Simona Quadarella.

Check out a comparison of the splits between the three record breaking teams below:

Italy, 2012 SC Worlds Italy, 2018 SC Worlds (Prelims) Italy, 2018 SC Worlds (Final)
Mizzau – 1:57.23 Panziera – 1:56.78 Panziera – 1:56.71
Nesti – 1:56.76 Musso – 1:56.13 Musso – 1:56.65
Carli – 1:57.71 Pellegrini – 1:54.09 Pellegrini – 1:52.66
Pellegrini – 1:54.31 Quadarella – 1:57.82 Quadarella – 1:57.16
7:46.01 7:44.82 7:43.18

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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