Nicolo Martinenghi Wins 200 Breast at Italian Champs; Gregorio Paltrinieri Goes 14:45 in 1500

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Nicolo Martinenghi Wins 200 Breast at Italian Champs; Gregorio Paltrinieri Goes 14:45 in 1500

The last day of the Italian Championships in Riccione concluded on Saturday with Nicolo Martinenghi headlining the action with a victory in the 200-meter breaststroke. Martinenghi had no trouble prevailing over four laps, as he touched the wall in 2:10.19, more than two seconds clear of the 2:12.69 of Alessandro Fusco. Martinenghi led the event from the start and turned at the midway point in 1:02.07.

Distance ace Gregorio Paltrinieri posted a comfortable triumph in the 1500 freestyle, moving through his 30 laps in 14:45.02, good for a 22-second decision. Paltrinieri is preparing to make a run at Olympic titles next year in both the 1500 freestyle and 10K open-water event. Earlier this year, Paltrinieri set a European record of 14:33.10 in the 1500 free, good for the No. 2 time in the history of the event.

Coming off a national record in the 100 backstroke earlier in the meet, Thomas Ceccon almost secured his second Italian standard of the week. Ceccon sped to a time of 23.22 in the 50 butterfly, an effort that was .01 off Piero Codia’s mark of 23.21. Codia was the runnerup to Ceccon on Saturday in 23.73. In the 200 backstroke, Christopher Ciccarese won in 1:58.16, followed by Jacopo Bietti in 1:58.64.

The women’s 50 freestyle featured a tight duel between Silvia Di Pietro and Costanza Cocconcelli, with Di Pietro winning by the smallest of margins, 25.22 to 25.23. Taking third was Federica Pellegrini, who stopped the clock in 25.47. Pellegrini is gearing up for next year’s Olympic Games, where she will be among the medal contenders in the 200 freestyle.

In the women’s 200 breaststroke, Martina Carraro topped the competition in 2:25.74, with Francesca Fangio claiming second place in 2:26.47. Other winners included Giulia Ramatelli (2:13.07) in the women’s 200 backstroke, Roberta Piano Del Balzo (2:10.88) in the women’s 200 butterfly and Matteo Ciampi (1:47.96) in the men’s 200 freestyle.

Linda Caponi went 4:11.60 to win the women’s 400 freestyle and Giovanni Sorriso emerged on top in the men’s 200 individual medley in 2:01.74. The women’s 200 medley went to Sarah Franceschi in 2:14.25.

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