Photo Vault: Gregorio Paltrinieri Sets European Record in 1500 Free


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  • Finals: 6:00 PM (London Time) / 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
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All photos courtesy of Peter Sukenik –

Gregorio Paltrinieri after setting a new European record in the 1500 freestyle.

Gregorio Paltrinieri was all smiles after swimming the 2nd fastest 1500 in history.

Gregorio Paltrinieri set a European record in the 1500 free in 14:34.04.

Paltrinieri led from the start en route to his gold medal and European record at the European Championships.

Paltrinieri stroking in the 1500m final in London.

Gregorio Paltrinieri and Italian teammate Gabriele Detti dive in for the men’s 1500 final in London.

Gregorio Paltrinieri before the 1500 final in London.

As originally reported by Loretta Race:


In an incredible display of pacing, Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri successfully defended his European Championships title in the men’s 1500m freestyle in spades. Out-splitting his previous European Record of 14:39.67 set in 2015 right from the beginning, Paltrinieri was actually beneath Chinese swimmer Sun Yang’s world record pace before falling off with about 300m left to go.

Charging down the pool to lead wire-to-wire, Paltrinieri scorched the competition, which included his teammate, the 400m freestyle champion from earlier in this meet Gabriele Detti, who touched almost 14 seconds behind to snag his 2nd silver (14:48.75).

Rounding out the top 3 was Mykhaylo Romanchuk giving the Ukrainian squad some more hardware with is bronze medal-garnering time of 14:50.33. That blasts a new Ukrainian National Record, laying waste to the 14:57.82 Romanchuk threw down last summer at the FINA World Championships.

For Paltrinieri, his outing in London tonight checks in as the 2nd-fastest performance of all time, sitting 2nd only to Sun Yang’s record of 14:31.02. He now sits atop the world rankings throne, overtaking the previous owner Mack Horton (AUS) by a wide margin. Look for a full split break-down in a separate post.

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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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