Watch: Gregorio Paltrinieri Swim 2nd Fastest 1500 of All-Time

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

The video below is courtesy of the AllSportAthlete youtube channel. 

 

As originally reported by Loretta Race.

MEN’S 1500 FREESTYLE – FINAL

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 Mykhailo 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.

2015-2016 LCM Men 1500 Free

2Connor
JAEGER
USA14.39.4808/13
3Mack
HORTON
AUS14.39.5404/14
4Gabriele
DETTI
ITA14.40.8608/13
5Jordan
WILIMOVSKY
USA14.45.0308/13
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jrsaba85
4 years ago

Paltrinieri is great. He’s the favorite for the gold in Rio and I think he’ll break the world record. I think he should try to swim the 400 free as well.

Gaal
4 years ago

Amazingly, the gap between his fastest and slowest 50 was only 0.39 (excluding the first and last ones). Wow!

Coach Mike 1952
4 years ago

Was fortunately able to watch it live & it was a great swim. No one there to push him, either. He was very much ahead of the next two, both of whom also swam respectable times. I agree that Paltrinieri will be the one to watch come August.

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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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