The fifth day has ended World Championship in swimming in the 25m pool, and theItalywith still one day of racing to go, has already reached the gold medal record of this review, which dates back to Abu Dhabi 2021: they are five most precious metalswhile in the Austrian medal collection the overall medals rise to 12.
Day 4 with a record-breaking start: the men’s 4×50 medley relay on the roof of the Melbourne 2022 short course world
L’Italy starts off well with the men’s 4×50 medley, with which he even falls below the 1:30 mark, breaking his own world record (1:30.14) signed at the continental tournament in Kazan 2021: 1:29.72.
Lorenzo Mora (backstroke, 22.65), Nicholas Martinenghi (frog, 24.95), Matteo Rivolta (butterfly, 21.60) e Leonardo Deplano (freestyle20.52 – at the second world record in this edition), they signed a historic race, leaving behind the USA, who in any case swim by American record (1:30:37). The hosts of theAustraliaclose the podium with 1:30.81, they too with oceanic record.
“Nothing is taken for granted especially in races of this level. We were gassed and united and in the end gold and world records arrived. There is never any envy between us, just team spirit”, said Martinenghi at the end of the race. In the same spirit, Mora: “This relay gave me a lot of gas. We took to the water to improve the world record and so it was. Now we have confidence for the 200m backstroke”.
Deplano: “I’m going home with two world records. It couldn’t have gone better than this. It’s just a pity about the individual event, but that’s perfectly fine all the same. I’m very happy to be able to straighten out a World Championship that started badly. I knew I feel good and it’s finally showing. I swam in a very engaging way: first came a gold with the world record and then the final of the 100 butterfly”. (Federnuoto.it).
Paltrinieri without limits: his first gold ever in the 800m style of the world short course
Gregorio Paltrinieri he doesn’t seem to want to stop and, after the gold in the men’s 1500m style a few days ago, he decides to continue his 2022 season on a grand scale: in the pfinal rhyme of the history of the 800 style in short course he puts his hand and his name under the heading World Champion.
After the record of the 1500m, Captain Paltrinieri – the first swimmer in history to win the 1500m world championship twice in the short course (the first in 2014) – conquers the sixth world championship medal in the 25m pool.
The reigning European champion closes the final without rivals in 7:29.99capturing the 44th international medal of his career, holding off the Norwegian Herik Christiansenwhich takes the silver into 7:31.48while the French Logan Fontaine, complete the podium with the time trial of 7:33.12.
“I adapted to my opponents and to the race. Tactically, I did what was needed. I tried to start strong, then I waited a moment and started shooting again in the last two hundred metres. I struggled more than in the 1500m. We are demonstrating day after day, championship after championship, to be a very strong and always competitive national team. The group is united and ambitious” (Federnuoto.it), so the 28-year-old commented.
Women’s 400 medley | Sara Franceschi shines in silver: first female medal for Italy in Melbourne 2022
The first world championship medal for Italian women’s swimming in short course also arrives: Sarah Franceschi puts the silver medal around his neck in a very difficult 400 medley, also signing the personal mile in 4:28.58.
Only the American is better than her Hali Flickinger with 4:26.51while the Japanese Waka Kobori finishes third in **4:29.03. **
“Everything is beautiful, I’m really happy, it’s a dream and I’ll need some time to understand what happened. I still can’t believe it either. I won a silver medal at the world championships and even with a personal best” , the words of the Livornese at the end of the race (Federnuoto.it).
Italy 2022 Short Course World Championship results: Gregorio Paltrinieri in the 800m freestyle and Azzurri in the 4x50m medley gold, Sara Franceschi silver in the 400m medley | Swimming Highlights December 17th