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:
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.
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).