Delfina Pignatiello Blasts South American Record in 1500 For Third Fastest Time in World of 2019

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Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Argentina’s Delfina Pignatiello won the 1500 to start the day at the Mare Nostrum in Barcelona with a 15:51.68. She won ahead of Spain’s Mireia Belmonte (16:09.71) and Hungary’s Boglarka Kapas (16:15.18).

The time puts Pignatiello third in the world rankings for 2019 behind Katie Ledecky and Wang Jianjiahe. The time is also a new Argentine record for Pignatiello, lowering her 15:59 from the 2017 World Juniors. She is also now 11th all-time in the 1500 and is the fastest ever swimmer from South America.

Pignatiello has had herself quite the week at the Mare Nostrum as she scored best times and new Argentine Records in the 400 (4:06.61) and 800 (8:24.33). She could be in line to win her first individual medal at the world senior level. Pignatiello won the 800 and 1500 free at the 2017 World Juniors and won two silvers at the 2018 Youth Olympics in front of the Argentine crowd in Buenos Aires.

Results:

  1. Delfina Pignatiello, ARG, 15:51.68
  2. Mireia Belmonte, ESP, 16:09.71
  3. Boglarka Kapas, HUN, 16:15.18
  4. Jimena Perez, ESP,  16:18.14
  5. Madelyn Donohoe, USA,  16:19.46
  6. Tamila Holub, POR, 16:20.51
  7. Giulia Salin, FIN, 16:23.68
  8. Miyu Namba, JPN, 16:33.79

2019 World Rankings:

  1. Katie Ledecky, USA, 15:45.59
  2. Wang Jianjiahe, CHN, 15:46.69
  3. Delfina Pignatiello, ARG, 15:51.68
  4. Kiah Melverton, AUS, 15:58.09
  5. Madeline Gough, AUS, 15:58.26
  6. Simona Quadarella, ITA, 16:04.02
  7. Sarah Kohler, GER, 16:06.68
  8. Waka Kobori, JPN, 16:11.00

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