Gregorio Paltrinieri Clocks New Italian Record in 1500 Free at 2015 FINA World Championships

Gian Mattia D'Alberto / lapresse 19-08-2014 Berlino sport 32mi Campionati Europei LEN di nuoto nella foto: Gregorio Paltrinieri Gian Mattia D'Alberto / lapresse 19-08-2014 Berlin 32rd LEN European Swimming In the photo: Gregorio Paltrinieri
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Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri claimed the title in the men’s 1500-meter free with a final time of 14:39.67 and set a new Italian record. Paltrinieri lowered his own record of 14:39.93 which he set at the European Championships in 2014. His finals time is a new best for 2015 after previously posting a 14:51.04 in prelims and a 14:43.87 from the Italian Championships earlier this year.

Current world-record holder Sun Yang of China was a no show for finals after posting a 14:55.11 in prelims the day before. Yang recently returned to the sport after he was served a doping suspension and was stripped of his 1500 national title.

Connor Jaeger of the USA finished second overall with a time of 14:41.20, a drastic improvement from his prelims time of 14:53.34, separating himself from the competition by ten seconds. Jaeger’s time breaks Larsen Jensen’s American record of 14:45.29 from the 2004 Olympics, and ranks him seventh all-time in the event’s history.

M 1500 Splits

Canada’s Ryan Cochrane grabbed the bronze medal with a time of 14:51.08, dropping 4.88 seconds from his prelims time of 14:55.96. Cochrane has earned four world medals in this event, tying him with Grant Hackett. He’s also won eight distance freestyle medals at the world championships, the most of anyone in history.

Fourth place went to Akram Ahmed of Egypt who posted a time of 14:53.66 to move up from his fifth-place seed.

Great Britain’s Stephen Milne took fifth in the event with a final time of 14:58.62, adding slightly to his prelims time of 14:55.42.

Michael McBroom of the USA grabbed sixth place with a time of 15:06.81, adding almost ten seconds to his prelims time of 14:57.07.

Ukraine’s Mykhailo Romanchuk rounded out the top heat with a final time of 15:09.77 for seventh place.

1500 Final

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