LIVORNO, Italy, April 1. ROBERTA Ioppi opened the first night of the Italian Championships in style with an Italian record in the women's 1500 free.
Ioppi clocked a time of 16:28.02 to clip the 16:28.31 set by Rachele Bruni last December in Riccione. Bruni, meanwhile, placed a close second in the race with a 16:32.21. Both times are among the top 10 in the world this year.
In the only other swimming to start the meet, Francesco Zuccaro won the men's 800 free with a time of 8:02.49, while Luca Ferretti finished second in 8:04.52.