RICCIONE, Italy, March 7. THE third night of swimming at the Italian Long Course Championships featured a few barrier-breaking record-setting efforts.
Three swimmers cleared Elena Gemo's Italian record of 28.91 set in the women's 50 back last July, but Gemo surfaced with the record intact at 28.63. Laura Letrari (28.82) and Valentina De Nardi (28.87) took second and third.
Mirco Di Tora became the first Italian under 25 seconds in the men's 50 back with a time of 24.99. The swim beat his previous record of 25.50 set last month.
In other action, Massi Rosolino touched out Federico Colbertaldo, 3:47.45 to 3:47.75, in the men's 400 free. In the women's 100 fly, Ilaria Bianchi touched out Francesca Segat, 58.33 to 58.53, for the title.
Marco Orsi broke the 22-second barrier for the first time with a 21.82 to crush the Italian record in the men's 50 free. The performance broke the record of 22.01 set by Federico Bocchia during prelims, which in turn cleared the record of 22.06 set by Lorenzo Vismara back in 1999.
Fabio Scozzoli grabbed the men's 100 breast crown with a time of 1:00.88, while Alessia Filippi pocketed the women's 400 free win in 4:07.15.