2016 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 3
- Monday, May 16th – Sunday, May 22nd
- Prelims: 10:00 AM (London Time) / 5:00 AM (Eastern Time)
- Finals: 6:00 PM (London Time) / 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
- London Aquatics Center, London, UK
- Meet Central
- Psych Sheet
- Live Results
- Live Stream
All photos courtesy of Peter Sukenik – petersukenik.com
As originally reported by Loretta Race:
MEN’S 1500 FREESTYLE – FINAL
- Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) – 14:34.04, *European Record, *Championship Record
- Gabriele Detti (ITA) – 14:48.75
- Mykhaylo Romanchuk (UKR) – 14:50.33
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.