2019 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- All sports: Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
- Pool swimming: Sunday, July 21 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
- The Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center, Gwangju, Korea
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Led by a career-best split from Federica Pellegrini, the Italian women set a new National Record in the 400 medley relay to close out the 2019 World Championships from Gwangju.
Joined by Margherita Panziera, Martina Carraro and Elena di Liddo, Pellegrini anchored in 52.53 to bring them up from fifth to fourth in a time of 3:56.50.
The previous record, set at last summer’s European Championships, was 3:57.00 from Carlotta Zofkova, Arianna Castiglioni, di Liddo and Pellegrini.
The team was just under three-tenths (0.27) off of their record pace through the fly leg, but Pellegrini split almost eight-tenths better than last year to give them the record by half a second.
|Italy, 2018 Euros||Italy, 2019 Worlds|
|Zofkova – 59.86||Panziera – 59.77|
|Castiglioni – 1:06.50||Carraro – 1:06.87|
|di Liddo – 57.34||di Liddo – 57.33|
|Pellegrini – 53.30||Pellegrini – 52.53|
Pellegrini hadn’t broken 53 seconds on a relay coming into this meet, but has now done so twice. She closed off the mixed medley relay, which was also a National Record, in 52.76.
Italy finishes the competition with a total of four new relay records, along with 10 individual.
The American women won gold in the event in the fastest time in history at 3:50.40, led by Regan Smith‘s individual world record on the lead-off leg in 57.57, and Australia (3:53.42) and Canada (3:53.58) won silver and bronze.