2017 ITALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Tuesday, April 4 – Friday, April 8, 2017
- Riccione, Italy
- Live Results
Freestylers Federica Pellegrini and Gregorio Paltrinieri each rose to the top of the world ranks on day 4 of Italy’s national championships. Pellegrini topped the 200 free and Paltrinieri the 1500.
Pellegrini, the world record-holder and 2008 Olympic champ in the 200 free, was 1:55.94 to win the final by almost two seconds. She moves up from #2 in the world ranks, leapfrogging Sweden’s Michelle Coleman for top honors:
2016-2017 LCM WOMEN 200 FREE
Paltrinieri, the 2016 Olympic gold medalist in the men’s 1500, blew out the field with a 14:37.08. That time replaces his teammate (and Olympic bronze medalist) Gabriele Detti atop the world ranks. Detti didn’t swim the 1500 in Riccione this week, though he did have a world-leading 400 free. Italy now holds the top spot in the world ranks in the men’s 400, 800 and 1500 frees.
2016-2017 LCM MEN 1500 FREE
One national record fell. Arianna Castiglioni lowered her own national record in the women’s 50 breast with a 30.72. Her previous record was a 30.74 from 2015, which was also a junior national record for Italy. Castiglioni, born in 1997, now sits #2 in the world ranks behind only Russia’s Yulia Efimova.
Luca Dotto won the 50 freestyle in 22.00. That ranks him 4th in the world and was a hair away from making him the fourth man this season to break 22. The only swimmers under that barrier at this point are Great Britain’s Ben Proud, the Netherlands’ Jesse Puts and Australia’s Cameron McEvoy.
Other event winners:
- Claudio Fossi and Federico Turrini tied for the national 200 back title, both going 2:00.43.
- Silvia Scalia won the women’s 50 back in 28.47, narrowly avoiding another tie with Arianna Barbieri (28.50).
Italians are impressive – really impressive . Happy to see that .
Michelle Coleman posted a 1.55:6 tonight.
that bodes well for this summer ‘s 200 free
Pellegrini’s consistency in this event throughout the years is insane.
It’s true. The question is if we will see her at least once under 1:55 at major meet. Such was a requirement to be on podium last year. What will happen this season is hard to predict if in the middle of April 1:55.9 is #1rank.
For paltrinieri this is the 10th performance under 14.45 and the fifth under 14.40 in his career.
And this is a big surprise because until yesterday he keep saying that he is in bad shape. BTW 27.7 last 50, quite astonishing for him.
Unbelievable. Does he have the most sub-14:40 swims of any swimmer in history?
Gotta be, doesn’t it?
Hackett only did it a couple times after he was first under in ’01.
Sun only really swims fast at the big meets and we know his mile has been off as much as it’s been on.
Cochrane’s best is 14:39.6 so he couldn’t have done it too many times.
Ous has a couple, I think. Not 5.
Jaeger’s first time under was the Olympics, and he’s the first American under AFAIK.
Who else has even been under 14:40 once?
And Mellouli, with the aid of super suit.
It is, Sun swam 3 times under 14.40 (but last time over 4 years ago at London 2012), Hackett 2 times and Mellouli 2 times (plus one performance by cochrane, horton, jaeger).
Paltrinieri’s performance is incredible considering that now he’s far from ideal conditions of shape (a more relaxed start of the season after the Olympics, and his recent training for the 10 km in Israel).
Anyway, he’s improving his tecnique and finish (after a great pace of 29 low every 50m, 27.7 in the last 50m).
Detti absent in today’s 1500 free because of a light flu, and also Pellegrini wasn’t at 100%.
Great. Women 200 free is back to the game of intrigue and suspense. Just three months have left and yet nobody wants to make a statement of intentions this season. Neither Canadians nor Italians nor Hungarians – nobody. Only Cate Campbell brought some fresh air of excitement 🙂 showing her ability to compete with the best Canadian swimmers at 200 🙂
I hope that at least Australians and Americans will be clearer in this regards. If Emma McKeon and Katie Ledecky doesn’t do at least 1:55 mid then I don’t know what to think. The situation was more transparent a year ago in April.