VIAREGGIO, Italy, November 22. WORLD record holder Federica Pellegrini is definitely making a big push to return to the top of the world as she continues to post strong times this year. Today, Pellegrini tracked down the women’s 200-meter backstroke Italian record in short course competition at the Gran Premio d’Italia di Viareggio.
Pellegrini raced to a 2:03.75 in the finale, breaking the 2009 mark of 2:04.55 set by Alessia Filippi. The swim vaulted Pellegrini to eighth in the world this year behind Katinka Hosszu’s 2:03.04 from the Eindhoven stop of the FINA World Cup. Pellegrini swam the distance dorsal event nearly by herself as Carlotta Zofkova posted a second-place 2:09.69. Pellegrini split the race 30.00, 1:01.59 (31.59), 1:32.55 (30.96), 2:03.75 (31.20).
Other winners includes Martina Rita Caramignoli in the women’s 800 free in 8:23.97, while Matteo Pelizzari topped the men’s 200 fly in 1:56.10 Claudio Fossi snared the men’s 200 breast in 2:05.90, touching out Edoardo Giorgetti (2:05.98) in the process.
Erika Ferraioli raced her way to a 25.10 to win the women’s 50 free, while Damiano Lestingi topped the men’s 100 back in 52.08. In the always fun 100 IM, Stefano Pizzamiglio posted a 53.50 for the title, while Luisa Trombetti captured the women’s 200 IM in 2:12.65. Marco Orsi turned in a 47.02 to win the men’s 100 free.