ITALIAN SPRING CHAMPIONSHIPS (ITA)
While several swimmers put down world top-five times this season, including Nicolo Martinenghi‘s historical 100 breast at the end of the session, no new athletes punched their tickets to Tokyo tonight in Riccione.
The Italian distance crew was out in full force tonight, as Gregorio Paltrinieri clocked a world-leading time in the men’s 800 free at 7:41.96 to come about two seconds off of his best. Simona Quadarella won the women’s race in 8:23.77, well off of her best but easily under the Olympic qualifying standard.
Federico Burdisso was another highlight, going 1:54.41 to miss his own Italian record in the 200 fly by .02, going well under the Olympic qualifying standard.
All four of the aforementioned swimmers went Olympic qualifying times, though all four are already holding spots on the roster as it is.
Alessandro Miressi was close to the 48.29 standard in the 100 free, coming just off at 48.34; he’ll have a chance to drop those several hundredths at the Sette Colli Trophy this summer. Meanwhile, he was easily under the cut for the European Championships, so he’ll at least have that meet this summer.
“I had Covid at the beginning of February and until the first week of March I was not back in the water,” said Miressi, who holds the Italian record in the 100 free at 47.92 from summer 2018. “So [I had] two and a half weeks of training to prepare for this race. In the water I felt good and I wanted something more but it didn’t come. Now we have to recover and keep working. It’s good that the European qualification has arrived.”
ITALIAN OLYMPIC ROSTER (SO FAR)