Thomas Ceccon Breaks Italian Record in 50 Fly in Verona

19-year old swimmer Thomas Ceccon began his 2021 campaign by breaking an Italian Record in the men’s 50 butterfly in short course meters.

Racing in Verona at a regional meet, he swam 22.63. That broke the old record of 22.76 that was set by Piero Codia at the 2018 World Short Course Championships in Hangzhou, China.

Ceccon’s previous best time of 22.88 was done at the 2019 European Short Course Championships in Glasgow.

Better known as a backstroker and IMer, Ceccon also holds the Italian Record in the 100 back in long course meters and 200 IM in short course meters.

Ceccon, who turns 20 on Wednesday, holds the Cadets (19 & under) Italian Record in the 50 fly in long course from December; his 23.22 in that event is just .01 off the absolute Italian Record in that event, also held by Codia.

Ceccon has already hit the Olympic “A” standard in December with an Italian Record of 52.84. In spite of that swim, he is not one of the swimmers who have been announced as pre-qualifiers to the Tokyo Olympics for Italy.

Ceccon represents Leosport and Fiamme Oro.

The meet in Verona is one of several regional events taking place across the country this weekend.



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1 month ago

Italy has some nasty relays going into Tokyo, they can realistically go 3.10/7.01/3.29. I would not be surprised if they medal.

Reply to  Lopez
1 month ago

I think their only realistic medal chance is in the 400 free relay. Brazil doesn’t seem unbeatable for them. In the 800 free relay there are 4 better nations (USA, GB, Australia, Russia) and in the medley relay GB, USA and Russia are definitely better than them. Russia will probably end up “only” with bronze, despite probably having 4 better legs than Italy. On the back leg, the fly leg and the free leg Russia should normally be a combined 1.5 seconds faster than Italy and Martineghi is only slightly better than the best russian guy in the 100 breast. Italy isn’t far ahead of Japan/China/Australia, so i think a 4th place in the medley relay would be good for… Read more »

Reply to  AnEn
1 month ago

Italy are an outside chance for a medal in the 4X200 which is probably the deepest relay right now. Don’t forget that at the World Championships they missed the bronze by only .03 and finished ahead of the much-fancied Great Britain.

1 month ago

They have an outside shot for bronze in my opinion. To my knowledge in the past 2 years the 3 fastest italian guys have been Megli with 1:45.67, De Tullio with 1:46.56 and Detti with 1:46.69, at the same time the 3rd fastest british guy has been Dean with 1:46.03 and the 6th fastest russian guy has been Vekovishchev with 1:46.61. I think for Italy the 2019 final was pretty much perfect. Personally i don’t see any chance for them to beat Russia or Australia, so in order to win bronze they would have to beat GB and USA. They might have a chance to beat GB if Dean doesn’t improve, but i don’t really see them beating the US.… Read more »

Reply to  Lopez
1 month ago

Huge threat in the 400 free relay. They almost medaled at 2019 WC in spite of Santo leading off nearly a second slower than his time in Rio. If he is anywhere near his 2016 form (say around 48.1) they’ll be dangerous.

1 month ago

In fair Verona, where we lay our scene
With new records set, by the speedy teen

Samuli Hirsi
1 month ago

Ceccon’s, who is best known for his backstroke, fast fly is commemorated with picture of his breaststroke….

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Samuli Hirsi
1 month ago

maybe it’s a subtle dig on swimswam’s part on the state of breaststroke

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