Pilato, Sabbioni Among Big Names Eliminated In Heats On Day 1 of SC Euros


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World record holder Benedetta Pilato was among the major names that failed to advance out of the preliminaries during the opening session of the 2021 European Short Course Championships in Kazan, with the two-per-country rule making an early impact.

Several of her Italian teammates—Simone Sabbioni, Matteo Rivolta and Francesca Fangio, to name a few—found themselves in the same boat.

Unlike at the FINA World Championships, countries are allowed to enter more than two swimmers in an event at the European Championships, but only the top two from each nation can advance beyond the heats.

So as a result, Fangio put up the third-fastest time of the morning in the women’s 100 breaststroke in 1:04.86, and Pilato was sixth overall in 1:05.23. But due to the fact that Arianna Castiglioni (1:04.40) and Martina Carraro (1:04.44) were the two fastest swimmers in the prelims, both Fangio and Pilato find themselves on the outside looking in.

Russia’s Maria Temnikova is also out of the women’s 100 breaststroke, having placed 15th in 1:05.94, with Russian teammates Nika Godun (1:04.94) and Evgeniia Chikunova (1:05.38) qualifying ahead of her.

In the men’s 50 back, Sabbioni was seventh-fastest in 23.50, and Rivolta was ninth in 23.55. Neither will advance after Italian countrymen Michele Lamberti (22.91) and Lorenzo Mora (23.01) qualified second and third, with Lamberti setting a new National Record in the process.

Rivolta was also knocked out of the men’s 100 fly, having put up the 16th-fastest time in 51.03, but Lamberti (50.17) and Alberto Razzetti (50.83) were ahead. Russia’s Egor Pavlov was 10th-fastest time in 50.63 but was knocked out with teammates Aleksandr Shchegolev (50.05) and Roman Shevlyakov (50.13) going 1-2.

Some notable names eliminated in the 400-meter events, not due to the country rule, included Aleksandr EgorovFilippo MegliJordan Pothain and David Popovici in the men’s 400 free, and Viktoria Mihalyvari and Anastasiia Sorokina in the women’s 400 IM.

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About James Sutherland

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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