Adam Peaty, Ilaria Cusinato Post World Leading Times on Second Night in Sette Colli in Italy

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The second night of the Sette Colli meet in Rome, Italy has been a very quick one as Great Britain’s Adam Peaty and Italy’s Ilaria Cusinato posted world leading times on Saturday to win their respective events. This meet is serving as a tune up for European Championships as we are less than five weeks away from the meet in Glasgow.

Women’s 400 IM

  1. Ilaria Cusinato, ITA, 4:34.65
  2. Aimee Willmott, GBR, 4:38.81
  3. Boglarka Kapas, HUN, 4:39.81
  4. Hannah Miley, GBR, 4:40.04
  5. Carlotta Toni, ITA, 4:41.99
  6. Abbie Wood, GBR, 4:42.98
  7. Alessia Polieri, ITA, 4:44.25
  8. Barbora Zavadova, CZE, 4:48.41

Italian Ilaria Cusinato broke the Championship Record in the 400 IM at 4:34.65, breaking the old record of 4:35.17 by Australia’s Stephanie Rice from 2008. Cusinato now has the number one time in the world for 2018 in the 400 IM as she moves past Great Britain’s Aimee Willmott (4:34.90) who had the earlier number one time from the Commonwealth Games.

Cusinato also just missed the Italian Record in the event that is a 4:34.34 by Alessia Filippi from 2008.

Willmott was second in the final in Rome with a 4:38.81 as Cusinato led the race from start to finish. She was challenged early by Hungary’s Boglarka Kapas who faded to third at 4:39.81.

World Rankings:

  1. Ilaria Cusinato, ITA, 4:34.65
  2. Aimee Willmott, GBR, 4:34.90
  3. Yui Ohashi, JPN, 4:35.03
  4. Hannah Miley, GBR, 4:35.16
  5. Melanie Margalis, USA, 4:36.81

Men’s 50 Breast

  1. Adam Peaty, GBR, 26.41
  2. Joao Gomes, BRA, 27.00
  3. Fabio Scozzoli, ITA, 27.24
  4. Arno Kamminga, NED, 27.26
  5. Darragh Greene, IRL, 27.48
  6. Alessandro Pinzutti, ITA, 27.59
  7. James Wilby, GBR, 27.65
  8. Andrea Toniato, ITA, 27.98

Great Britain’s Adam Peaty improved his world leading time with a 26.41 on Saturday at the Sette Colli in Rome. Peaty was a 26.49 earlier this year in the Commonwealth Games and swam faster in Italy Saturday night. Peaty also broke his meet record of 26.61 from 2017. Peaty was the only swimmer under 27 seconds as Joao Gomes (27.00) and Fabio Scozzoli (27.24) finished second and third.

World Rankings:

  1. Adam Peaty, GBR, 26.41
  2. Cameron van der Burgh, RSA, 26.58
  3. Fabio Scozzoli, ITA, 26.73
  4. Joao Gomes, BRA, 26.85
  5. Ilya Shymanovich, BLR, 26.86

Women’s 100 Fly

  1. Sarah Sjostrom, SWE, 56.29
  2. Elena Di Liddo, ITA, 57.38
  3. Ilaria Bianchi, ITA, 57.84
  4. Alys Thomas, GBR, 58.52
  5. Liliana Szilagyi, HUN, 58.91
  6. Kimberly Buys, BEL, 59.08
  7. Dainara De Paula, BRA, 59.35
  8. Emilie Beckman, DEN, 59.64

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom improved slightly on her season best time on Saturday in Rome with a 56.29 in the 100 fly for the win. Sjostrom sits only behind Japan’s Rikako Ikee (56.23) in the world rankings. Sjostrom’s best this year was a 56.35 from the Stockholm Open.

Sjostrom finished ahead of the Italian duo of Elena Di Liddo (57.38) and Ilaria Bianchi (57.84) in their home country.

Men’s 200 Fly

  1. Luiz Melo, BRA, 1:55.83
  2. Tamas Kenderesi, HUN, 1:56.72
  3. James Guy, GBR, 1:56.88
  4. Filippo Berlincioni, ITA, 1:57.36
  5. Matteo Pelizzari, ITA, 1:57.76
  6. Giacomo Carini, ITA, 1:59.27
  7. Ramon Klenz, GER, 1:59.82
  8. Giuseppe Perfetto, ITA, 1:59.96

Brazil’s Luiz Altamir Melo won the 200 fly final in a minor upset over Olympic bronze medalist Tamas Kenderesi and Great Britain’s James Guy. Melo led from the start of the race and finished with a 1:55.83, winning comfortably over Kenderesi (1:56.72) and Guy (1:56.88).

Notably, reigning World Champion Chad Le Clos did not compete in the event, as he elected to swim the 100 back later in the session instead.

Women’s 100 Back

  1. Mie Nielsen, DEN, 59.57
  2. Margherita Panziera, ITA, 59.80
  3. Simona Baumrtova, CZE, 1:00.08
  4. Carlotta Zofkova, ITA, 1:00.27
  5. Kira Toussaint, NED, 1:00.39
  6. Georgia Davies, GBR, 1:00.51
  7. Silvia Scalia, ITA, 1:01.12
  8. Jessica Fullalova, GBR, 1:01.29

Denmark’s Mie Nielsen, who did not compete at a major meet in 2017, won the 100 back final at 59.57 tying herself for the eighth fastest performer of 2018. Nielsen swam a 59.57 at the Mare Nostrum in Barcelona earlier this summer.

Nielsen and Italy’s Margherita Panziera were the only swimmers to break a minute in the final. Nielsen was fifth at the Olympics in Rio and will be looking to get back to that level of swimming as we are about five weeks away from the European Championships in Glasgow.

Men’s 100 Back

  1. Robert Glinta, ROU, 53.96
  2. Gabriel Fantoni, BRA, 54.49
  3. Matteo Milli, ITA, 54.54
  4. Luke Greenbank, GBR, 54.93
  5. Simone Sabbioni, ITA, 54.94
  6. Tomas Franta, CZE, 54.95
  7. Christopher Ciccarese, ITA, 55.28
  8. Conor Ferguson, IRL, 55.73

Romania’s Robert Glinta won the 100 back final in a solid time of 53.96. He also did not compete in 2017 and attended USC where he finished fifth in the 100 back at NCAA’s in March. Glinta was an Olympic finalist in 2016 and is also looking to get back to world class form as we approach Europeans.

Glinta finished ahead of Gabriel Fantoni (54.49) of Brazil who also swam in the United States this past year in Indiana. Fantoni was 17th in the 100 back at NCAA’s and led off Indiana’s victorious 400 medley relay team.

Italy’s Matteo Milli was third (54.54).

Notably, Chad Le Clos was second in the B-final at 55.37.

Men’s 400 IM

  1. David Verraszto, HUN, 4:11.98
  2. Brandonn Almeida, BRA, 4:15.51
  3. Federico Turrini, ITA, 4:16.51
  4. Max Litchfield, GBR, 4:16.61
  5. Pier Matteazzi, ITA, 4:19.61
  6. Jacob Heidtmann, GER, 4:19.69
  7. Gergely Gyurta, HUN, 4:21.05
  8. Mattia Bondavalli, ITA, 4:24.31

Hungary’s David Verraszto moved up to fourth in the world rankings with his time of 4:11.98 in the 400 IM final on Saturday night at the Sette Colli in Rome. Verraszto keeps his spot as fourth in the world as he was a 4:12.98 already this year. Verraszto was a little off his meet record he set last year at 4:07.47 but it was good enough for the win.

Brazil’s Brandonn Almeida was second in the final at 4:15.51. He also completed his first year of swimming in the NCAA where he was fourth in the 400 IM at NCAA’s for South Carolina.

Italy’s Federico Turrini was third at 4:16.51.

Great Britain’s Max Litchfield was fourth (4:16.61) as he did not swim in the Commonwealth Games earlier this year and will be swimming at Europeans later this summer. He was fourth in Budapest in the 400 IM last year at Worlds.

World Rankings:

  1. Chase Kalisz, USA, 4:08.92
  2. Daiya Seto, JPN, 4:08.98
  3. Kosuke Hagino, JPN, 4:10.69
  4. David Verraszto, HUN, 4:11.98
  5. Clyde Lewis, AUS, 4:13.12

Women’s 100 Free

  1. Pernille Blume, DEN, 52.72
  2. Sarah Sjostrom, SWE, 52.77
  3. Femke Heemskerk, NED, 53.31
  4. Ranomi Kromowidjojo, NED, 53.78
  5. Federica Pellegrini, ITA, 53.99

Denmark’s Pernille Blume defeated Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom in the 100 free final in a minor upset as Blume moved to third in the world with her swim while Sjostrom is fifth. Blume was third in Budapest last summer but has been on a roll this year. She swam a 23.9 last night in the 50 and is now third in the world so far in 2018 in the 100. Sjostrom was a little off her world record but had a good swim regardless. Sjostrom tied her season best of 52.77 from the Stockholm Open.

Both Blume and Sjostrom finished under Sjostrom’s meet record of 53.00 from 2015.

The Dutch duo of Femke Heemskerk (53.31) and Ranomi Kromowidjojo (53.78) finished third and fourth in Rome.

World Rankings:

  1. Bronte Campbell, AUS, 52.27
  2. Cate Campbell, AUS, 52.37
  3. Pernille Blume, DEN, 52.72
  4. Charlotte Bonnet, FRA, 52.74
  5. Sarah Sjostrom, SWE, 52.77

Men’s 100 Free

  1. Alessandro Miressi, ITA, 48.25
  2. Bruno Fratus, BRA, 48.58
  3. Pedro Spajari, BRA, 48.72
  4. Pieter Timmers, BEL, 49.09
  5. Shinri Shioura, JPN, 49.10
  6. Luca Dotto, ITA, 49.16
  7. Marcelo Chierighini, BRA, 49.49
  8. Santo Condorelli, 50.07

Italy’s Alessandro Miressi broke the Sette Colli meet record with a 48.25 on Saturday evening in Rome. Miressi beat the old record of 48.35 by Italy’s Filippo Magnini. Miressi moved up to ninth in the 2018 world rankings with that swim, moving ahead of Hungary’s Nandor Nemeth and Russia’s Danila Izotov (48.31).

Miressi finished ahead of the Brazilian duo Bruno Fratus (48.58) and Pedro Spajari (48.72).

Notably, Olympic silver medalist Pieter Timmers finished fourth at 49.09 and Santo Condorelli finished eighth with a 50.07.

Condorelli is listed without a country as it has been reported he is looking to perhaps represent Italy after he swam for Canada the last three years. Condorelli just finished competing at USC this past March where he was eighth in the 100 free at NCAA’s.

Women’s 50 Breast

  1. Yulia Efimova, RUS, 29.84
  2. Imogen Clark, GBR, 30.60
  3. Martina Carraro, ITA, 30.85
  4. Arianna Castiglioni, ITA, 31.05
  5. Siobhan O’Connor, GBR, 31.29
  6. Fanny Lecluyse, BEL, 31.35
  7. Mona McSharry, IRL, 31.60
  8. Rikke Pedersen, DEN, 31.94

Russia’s Yulia Efimova broke the Championship Record at the Sette Colli meet in Rome with a 29.84 in the 50 breast on Saturday. Efimova broke the record that was a 29.90 by Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte from 2014. Efimova also improved her season best and is still currently third in the world rankings with her swim.

No one else in the final broke 30 seconds as Britain’s Imogen Clark finished second and Italy’s Martina Carraro was third.

World Rankings:

  1. Lilly King, USA, 29.62
  2. Molly Hannis, USA, 29.71
  3. Yulia Efimova, RUS, 29.84
  4. Breeja Larson, USA, 30.42
  5. Alia Atkinson, JAM, 30.53

Women’s 800 Free

  1. Simona Quadarella, ITA, 8:20.99
  2. Boglarka Kapas, HUN, 8:31.07
  3. Diletta Carli, ITA, 8:35.61
  4. Alisia Tettamanzi, ITA, 8:37.59
  5. Martina de Memme, ITA, 8:38.62
  6. Holly Hibbott, GBR, 8:43.60
  7. Ilaria Cella, ITA, 8;45.31
  8. Stefania Pirozzi, ITA, 8:47.22

Italy’s Simona Quadarella just missed the Sette Colli meet record with a 8:20.99 in the 800 free on Saturday evening in Rome. Quadarella just missed the record held by Alessia Filippi at 8:20.70 from 2008. Quadarella remains fifth in the world with that swim as she finished well ahead of Olympic bronze medalist Boglarka Kapas (8:31.07).

World Rankings:

  1. Katie Ledecky, USA, 8:07.27
  2. Wang Jianjiahe, CHN, 8:18.09
  3. Ariarne Titmus, AUS, 8:20.02
  4. Sarah Kohler, GER, 8:20.53
  5. Simona Quadarella, ITA, 8:20.99

Men’s 800 Free

  1. Gregorio Paltrinieri, ITA, 7:46.33
  2. Guilherme Costa, BRA, 7:50.92
  3. Domenico Acerenza, ITA, 7:53.68
  4. Marwan El Kamash, EGY, 7:57.64
  5. Paul Zellmann, GER, 8:02.44
  6. Bogdan Scarlat, ROU, 8:02.60
  7. Gergely Gyurta, HUN, 8:03.93
  8. Diogo Villarinho, BRA, 8:06.58

Italy’s superstar Gregorio Paltrinieri grinded out the 800 free win with a 7:46.33 on Saturday in Rome in front of the Italian crowd at Sette Colli. Paltrinieri will keep his number one world ranking with his 7:45.53 from earlier this year.

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