MILAN, Italy, March 8. UKRAINE’s Andrey Govorov made some news both in and out of the water at the Italian Grand Prix in Milan.
After winning the men’s 50-meter fly in 23.76 as part of the ADN Swim Project team, the Ukrainian who was born in Crimea took a Ukrainian flag to the podium with PEACE in bold letters printed on it, as seen in the ADN Swim Project tweet below.
4º Trofeo Internazionale Città di Milano – A.Govorov 1º (23″76) e S.Fesikov (24″35) sui 50 Farfalla pic.twitter.com/g4xA0lg4LK
— ADN Swim Project (@ADNSwimProject) March 8, 2014
For those not familiar with international politics at this time, Govorov’s native region of Crimea has voted to leave Ukraine and join Russia. With unrest in the area that has led to some killing sprees as part of protests on both sides of the decision, Crimea currently is in the center of potentially sparking global violence with Russia and the United States currently in a standoff over the issue.
Govorov also took home the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 22.66 with Marco Orsi (22.73) and ADN Swim Project Russian Evgeny Korotyshkin (22.83) also on the podium.
Andrea Toniato surged into the top 10 in the world with a strong 27.87 in the men’s 50-meter breaststroke. That performance pushed him to sixth in the world, just behind Koichiro Okazaki’s 27.83 from Perth in January. Francesco Di Lecce touched second in 28.36 with Filippo Franceschi earning second in 28.61.
Toniato doubled up in the men’s 100-meter breast with a 1:02.60, just holding off a hard-charging Luca Pizzini (1:02.66) for the title having put in the early work with a 29.22 initial split. Claudio Fossi snagged third in 1:03.20.
France’s Camille Muffat moved to eighth in the world rankings in the women’s 400-meter freestyle with a top time of 4:08.35 as she wound up having a strong day overall in Milan. Auror Ponsele (4:10.53) and Diletta Carli (4:12.34) finished second and third. Meanwhile, Muffat hit the wall in 55.44 to win the women’s 100-meter freestyle to double up while Alice Mizzau touched second in 56.18. Chiara Masini Luccetti snagged third in the sprint event with a time of 56.94.
A day after moving to the top of the world in the men’s 1500-meter freestyle, Hungary’s Gergo Kis popped a 3:48.43 in the men’s 400-meter free to take fifth in the world rankings, just behind the 3:47.75 James Guy posted today over in Marseilles at the Mediterranean Open. Gabriele Detti took second in 3:51.11 with Riccardo Maestri placing third in 3:54.28.
Arianna Barbieri matched Elizabeth Simmonds’ 28.80 from the Belgium Cup in Antwerp to move into a 10th-ranked tie in the women’s 50-meter backstroke. Carlotte Zofkova finished second in 29.39 with Stefania Cartapani earning third in 29.60.
Martina Carraro turned in a pretty swift women’s 50-meter breast to win the event with a 31.83. Arianna Castiglioni posted a second-ranked time of 32.14, while Mihaela Bat touched third overall in 32.47.
Italian veteran Filippo Magnini moved to the outskirts of the top 10 in the world with a 49.58 for the men’s 100-meter free win. Marco Orsi claimed second in 49.83 with Luca Leonardi posting a third-place time of 50.23.
Stefania Pirozzi stopped the clock in 4:42.82 in the women’s 400-meter IM for the victory, while Alessia Polieri earned second overall in 4:53.44. Silvia Meschiari rounded out the podium with a third-place time of 4:57.40. Federico Turrini then won the men’s 400-meter IM in 4:23.05. Francesco Pavone (4:26.25) and Lorenzo Tarocchi (4:28.14) took second and third in the timed final event.
Stefania Pirozzi swept the medleys today with a 2:16.39 in the women’s 200-meter IM, while Federico Turrini did the same with a 2:02.93 in the men’s 200-meter IM.
Ilaria Bianchi cleared 1:00 in the women’s 100-meter fly for the win in 59.05. Elena Di Liddo managed a 1:00.29 for second with Claudia Tarzia picking up third in 1:01.51. Piero Codia just missed the top 10 in the world in the men’s 100-meter fly with a 53.23 for the win. Matteo Rivolta took second in 53.63, while Francesco Giordano posted a third-place 53.99.
Nicolo Bonacchi cruised to victory in the men’s 50-meter backstroke with a time of 25.78, while Mirko Di Tora pocketed second in 26.22. Manuel Franco Cofrani wound up third in 26.33. Arianna Castiglioni powered her way to a 1:09.33 to win the women’s 100-meter breaststroke, overtaking Martina Carraro (1:09.74) in the backhalf with a 35.67 final 50. Francesco Fangio took third in 1:11.40.
Giorgia Biondani won the women’s 50-meter free in 26.16 with Giada Galizi (26.20) and Elena Gemo (26.26) taking second and third in the sprint free event.