Andriy Govorov’s World Record, Yulia Efimova at Top of World Rankings on Final Day of Sette Colli

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The final day of the Sette Colli meet in Rome, Italy saw some great swims as Ukraine’s Andriy Govorov broke the World Record in the 50 fly, taking down Rafael Munoz’s record from 2009. Russia’s Yulia Efimova also swam the world’s fastest 200 breast of 2018 in her win on Sunday.

Men’s 50 Fly

It was Andriy Govorov of the Ukraine who smashed the World Record in the 50 fly final with a 22.27. Govorov blasted the record of 22.43 held by Spain’s Rafael Munoz from April 2009. Govorov narrowly missed the World Record at the Mare Nostrum earlier this summer.

This is the same pool that hosted the 2009 World Championships where the swimming world record books were demolished thanks to the high tech suits that have since been banned. This is also the first LCM world record broken on the men’s side in 2018 and the first since Japan’s Ippei Watanabe broke the 200 breast record in January 2017. It is the second LCM world record overall after Katie Ledecky broke the 1500 record in May.

Govorov, 26, was third in Budapest last summer in the 50 fly. He is also the first Ukrainian swimmer to hold a World Record since Yana Klochkova had the 400 IM record from 2000-2007.

Govorov won the final ahead of reigning World Champion Ben Proud (22.93) of Great Britain and Mathys Goosen (23.55) of the Netherlands.

World Record Progression:

  • Andriy Govorov, UKR, 22.27 (2018)
  • Rafael Munoz, ESP, 22.43, (2009)
  • Roland Schoeman, RSA, 22.96 (2005)
  • Roland Schoeman, RSA, 23.01 (2005
  • Ian Crocker, USA, 23.30 (2004)

All-Time Rankings:

  1. Andriy Govorov, UKR, 22.27 (2018)
  2. Rafael Munoz, ESP, 22.43, (2009)
  3. Nicholas Santos, BRA, 22.61 (2017)
  4. Milorad Cavic, SRB, 22.67 (2009)
  5. Henrique Martins, BRA, 22.70 (2017)

Race Results:

  1. Andriy Govorov, UKR, 22.27
  2. Ben Proud, GBR, 22.93
  3. Mathys Goosen, NED, 23.55
  4. Daniele D’Angelo, ITA, 23.57
  5. Piero Codia, ITA, 23.78
  6. Jesse Puts, NED, 23.85
  7. Damian Wierling, GER, 23.87
  8. Vini Lanza, BRA, 24.01

Women’s 200 Breast

  1. Yulia Efimova, RUS, 2:20.72
  2. Molly Renshaw, GBR, 2:25.66
  3. Chloe Tutton, GBR, 2:25.97
  4. Francesca Fangio, ITA, 2:26.40
  5. Rikke Pedersen, DEN, 2:26.80
  6. Fanny Lecluyse, BEL, 2:27.09
  7. Anna Pirovano, ITA, 2:27.52
  8. Anna Kroniger, GER, 2:27.96

2017 World Champion Yulia Efimova blasted the world’s top time of 2018 with a 2:20.72 to win the 200 breast final by almost five full seconds at the Sette Colli meet in Rome. Efimova took down the number one world ranked time that was a 2:21.85 by Japan’s Reona Aoki. Efimova easily won the final ahead of the British duo of Molly Renshaw (2:25.66) and Chloe Tutton (2:25.97).

Efimova also took down the meet record of 2:21.81 by Leisel Jones from 2008.

This is not unusual for Efimova to swim a lightning fast time in the 200 breast in-season as her best times the last couple years have been from in-season meets like the Mare Nostrum in 2017 and the Orlando Pro Swim Series in 2016.

World Rankings:

  1. Yulia Efimova, RUS, 2:20.72
  2. Reona Aoki, JPN, 2:21.85
  3. Tatjana Schoenmaker, RSA, 2:22.02
  4. Kanako Watanabe, JPN, 2:22.88
  5. Satomi Suzuki, JPN, 2:23.19

Men’s 200 Back

  1. Adam Telegdy, HUN, 1:58.17
  2. Christopher Ciccarese, ITA, 1:58.77
  3. Luke Greenbank, GBR, 1:59.05
  4. Christian Diener, GER, 1:59.17
  5. Emmanuel Turchi, ITA, 1:59.33
  6. Brodie Williams, GBR, 1:59.51
  7. Leonardo De Deus, BRA, 1:59.89
  8. Matteo Milli, ITA, 2:02.54

Hungary’s Adam Telegdy won the 200 back final from lane 2 with a 1:58.17. He held off a hard charge from Christopher Ciccarese who was being willed home by the Italian crowd. Ciccarese was second with a 1:58.77 after he came home with a 29.7 on the last 50. Only Britain’s Luke Greenbank came home quicker (29.55) as he was third with a 1:59.05.

Women’s 200 Back

  1. Margherita Panziera, ITA, 2:07.16
  2. Jessica Fullalova, GBR, 2:11.16
  3. Katherine Greenslade, GBR, 2:12.23
  4. Simona Baumrtova, CZE, 2:12.26
  5. Jenny Mensing, GER, 2:12.54
  6. Tessa Vermeulen, NED, 2:13.61
  7. Giulia Ramatelli, ITA, 2:15.30
  8. Martina Cenci, ITA, 2:16.68

Italy’s Margherita Panziera smashed the Italian and meet records in the 200 back final with a 2:07.16 to break the meet record of 2:07.73 by Japan’s Aya Terakawa from 2012 and Alessia Filippi’s national record of 2:08.03 from 2009. Panziera moved up to fifth in the world with her swim as Canada’s Kylie Masse still leads with her 2:05.98 from the Commonwealth Games.

Panziera won handily over the British duo of Jessica Fullalova (2:11.16) and Katherine Greenslade (2:12.23).

World Rankings:

  1. Kylie Masse, CAN, 2:05.98
  2. Taylor Ruck, CAN, 2:06.36
  3. Emily Seebohm, AUS, 2:06.82
  4. Kathleen Baker, USA, 2:07.02
  5. Margherita Panziera, ITA, 2:07.16

Women’s 200 Fly

  1. Boglarka Kapas, HUN, 2:07.54
  2. Liliana Szilagyi, HUN, 2:08.01
  3. Alys Thomas, GBR, 2:08.26
  4. Alessia Polieri, ITA, 2:10.86
  5. Giorgia Romei, ITA, 2:11.44
  6. Francesca Annis, ITA, 2:11.54
  7. Charlotte Atkinson, GBR, 2:12.72
  8. Eszter Laban, HUN, 2:13.54

Hungary’s Boglarka Kapas got her first win of the weekend with the 200 fly ahead of national teammate Liliana Szilagyi. Kapas, who is more known as a distance freestyler, tried her hand in the 200 fly and won with a solid time of 2:07.54 to Szilagyi’s 2:08.01. Kapas is now sixth in the world with her time as she finished ahead of the fastest swimmer of 2018 in Britain’s Alys Thomas (2:08.26).

Thomas won the Commonwealth Games earlier this season with a 2:05.45 as she still sits on top of the 2018 world rankings.

Kapas just missed the meet record of 2:07.06 by Slovenia’s Sara Isakovic from 2008.

Men’s 200 Breast

  1. Luca Pizzini, ITA, 2:09.34
  2. Marco Koch, GER, 2:09.45
  3. Arno Kamminga, NED, 2:09.86
  4. James Wilby, GBR, 2:11.44
  5. Flavio Bizzarri, ITA, 2:12.32
  6. Moises Loschi, ITA, 2:12.37
  7. Edoardo Giorgetti, ITA, 2:12.50
  8. Darragh Greene, ITA, 2:14.69

Three guys broke 2:10 in the men’s 200 breast final as it was Italian Luca Pizzini to the delight of the home crowd touching first at 2:09.34 to just hold off 2015 World Champion Marco Koch of Germany (2:09.45) and Arno Kamminga (2:09.86) of the Netherlands. Pizzini was the oldest swimmer in the final along with fellow Italian Edoardo Giorgetti who were born in 1989.

They were not far off of Koch’s meet record of 2:08.74 from 2012.


Men’s 200 Free

  1. (t)Luiz Melo, BRA, 1:46.84
  2. (t)Fernando Scheffer, BRA, 1:46.84
  3. Filippo Megli, ITA, 1:47.58
  4. James Guy, GBR, 1:47.98
  5. Stephen Milne, GBR, 1:48.72
  6. Alessio Proietti, ITA, 1:48.76
  7. Jacob Heidtmann, GER, 1:48.87
  8. Duncan Scott, GBR, 1:49.61

Luiz Melo of Brazil got his second win of the weekend after he won the 200 fly yesterday at the Sette Colli meet in Rome. Melo won his second event in Italy in the 200 free with a 1:46.84, tying Brazilian teammate Fernando Scheffer in the final. It was a minor upset as they defeated 2015 World Champion James Guy (1:47.98) and 2017 World Championship finalist Duncan Scott (1:49.61).

Italy’s Filippo Megli also placed ahead of Guy for third with a 1:47.58.

Women’s 200 Free

  1. Femke Heemskerk, NED, 1:56.39
  2. Manuella Lyrio, BRA, 1:57.99
  3. Larissa Oliveira, BRA, 1:58.55
  4. Valentine Dumont, ROU, 1:58.66
  5. Marjolein Delno, NED, 2:00.29
  6. Simona Quadarella, ITA, 2:00.30
  7. Robin Neumann, NED, 2:00.34
  8. Katherine Greenslade, GBR, 2:02.13

Dutch veteran Femke Heemskerk won the 200 free final as the 30-year-old is still world class in 2018. Heemskerk finished ahead of the Brazilian duo of Manuella Lyrio (1:57.99) and Larissa Oliveira (1:58.55). Heemskerk led the entire way as she was off the meet record of 1:54.55 by Italy’s Federica Pellegrini from 2016.

Heemskerk is still sixth in the world with her 1:56.11 from the Dutch Nationals.

Men’s 200 IM

  1. David Verraszto, HUN, 1:59.65
  2. Max Litchfield, GBR, 1:59.68
  3. Giovanni Sorriso, ITA, 2:00.82
  4. Massimiliano Matteazzi, ITA, 2:01.62
  5. Lorenzo Glessi, ITA, 2:01.80
  6. Leonardo Santos, BRA, 2:02.79
  7. Duncan Scott, GBR, 2:03.58
  8. Federico Turrini, ITA, 2:04.87

Hungary’s David Verraszto and Britain’s Max Litchfield went back and forth in the 200 IM final as Verraszto held off a hard charging Litchfield with a 1:59.65 for the win. Litchfield was second at 1:59.68  as he was a 28.19 on the final 50, the fastest in the field. Verraszto came home in a 28.75 as it was just enough to hold on.

Italy’s Giovanni Sorriso (2:00.82) finished third in the final.

Women’s 200 IM

  1. Ilaria Cusinato, ITA, 2:10.92
  2. Yulia Efimova, RUS, 2:11.89
  3. Maria Ugolkova, SUI, 2:12.19
  4. Abbie Wood, GBR, 2:14.29
  5. Evelyn Verraszto, HUN, 2:15.67
  6. Hannah Miley, GBR, 2:16.27
  7. Kristyna Horska, CZE, 2:16.45
  8. Sara Franceschi, ITA, 2:18.54

Ilaria Cusinato broke her second Italian record on the weekend as she won the 200 IM with a 2:10.92 on Sunday in Rome, breaking Alessia Filippi’s 2:11.25 Italian Record from 2009. Cusinato broke Filippi’s 400 IM record on Saturday for the number one time in the world for 2018. This is the third Italian record Filippi has lost this weekend so far.

Cusinato out split Yulia Efimova by two seconds on the freestyle leg as she went right by her on the last 50 to win the final. Cusinato split a 31.21 to Efimova’s 33.24 on the free leg. Cusinato is now ninth in the world for 2018, passing Japan’s Rika Omoyo (2:10.98) and sitting just behind Melanie Margalis (2:10.26).

Switzerland’s Maria Ugolkova (2:12.19) was third in the final.

Men’s 1500 Free

  1. Gregorio Paltrinieri, ITA, 14:49.32
  2. Domenico Acerenza, ITA, 15:00.85
  3. Guilherme Costa, BRA, 15:07.33
  4. Daniel Jervis, GBR, 15:13.82
  5. Gergely Gyurta, HUN, 15:24.32
  6. Poul Zellmann, GER, 15:26.20
  7. Diogo Villarinho, BRA, 15:27.61
  8. Tom Derbyshire, GBR, 15:30.52

Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri easily won the 1500 free final as the Italian legend, who won the 2016 Olympic title and the last two World titles, swam a 14:49.32 for a comfortable win over fellow Italian Domenico Acerenza (15:00.85). Notably absent was 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Gabriele Detti who has been out of the pool with an injury. Detti has been at the meet in Rome per his Instagram stories but has not been competing.

Brazil’s Guilherme Costa was third at 15:07.33

Paltrinieri is still second in the world with his 14:46.25 from the Mediterranean Games as he sits behind Germany’s Florian Wellbrock (14:40.69) from the Stockholm Open.

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