Race Video: Watch Simone Sabbioni Break the Italian National Record in 100m Back

17-year-old Simone Sabbioni (Army / Swim Pro SS9), broke the Italian record in the 100m back at Italian Nationals on Tuesday with 53.49. He also broke the Italian Cadet (boys born in 1995-1996) record.

In this video uploaded by the Italian Federation, you see Sabbioini take charge in lane 6 (lane 8 is at the bottom of the screen) from the start.

At the same meet last year, Sabbioni finished third overall and set both the Junior World and Italian Junior records (one level younger than Cadet) with 54.74.

Sabbioni’s performance moved him up to sixth in the world so far this year.

Here is another version, taken at a different angle, which shows the finish a little better, and gives you a feeling for the enthusiasm felt by the crowd in Riccione:

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bobo gigi

Interview. In Italian of course.


He says he has worked a lot on start and underwaters and perhaps he went out too fast, but was still happy with the result (well, of course 😀 )

bobo gigi

Thanks for the translation.
I have definitely much less problems to understand Italian than Spanish.
So many roots of words in common between French and Italian.
And I’ve always liked listening to that language. Funny to listen.


I think that he represents the first generation of Italian swimmers to maybe catch up with the elite swimming nations on underwaters, turns and dives. 15 years late, but better late than never. Great swimmers like Magnini, Pellegrini and even the young Paltrinieri have been or are much behind on these technical details.
By the way, I believe this is one of the reasons why swimming in NCAA championships is good for foreign swimmers. Yes, you train in the “bathtub” yards pools, but you learn turns, underwaters and dives, which are so crucial in yards, from the best of the best.


I think Paltrinieri especially could lop off a big chunk of time with improved underwater work!


Impressive – He has a great start!


Born in 1996. How he is 17?


This record should not be validated.
It is very clear from the video that he should have been disqualified because he emerged from the underwater behind the 15 meters maximum allowed.
Many people contested the result and some team presented an appeal to the Italian federation.


He actually went too far after the 15 meter lign !!!! this time should not be accepted as a record of any kind .

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