Pernille Blume Goes 24.17 Ahead Of Olympic 50 Free Defense; Francesca Fangio Sets Italian 200Br Record

(photo: Mike Lewis)
Pernille Blume: Photo Courtesy: Mike Lewis/ISL

Pernille Blume heads to the defence of her 50 free crown in Tokyo with another 24.17 in the bag and Francesca Fangio set an Italian 200 breaststroke record of 2:23.06 as the first two women came home in new national times at the Sette Colli in Rome.

Nicolo Martinenghi and Arianna Castiglioni had delivered new national breaststroke marks over 100 before Fangio took to the water.

The 25-year-old, who was sixth at the European Championships, split 32.74/1:09.11/1:46.07 before coming home in 36.99.

She cut 0.26 from Ilaria Scarcella‘s record of 2:23.32 which had stood since the 2009 World Championships held at the very same Foro Italico.

Behind her Fanny Lecluyse set a Belgian record of 2:23.30, taking 0.46 from her own mark of 2:23.76 from the 2019 World Championships.

Lisa Mamie was third in 2:23.95.

Consistency Is Key For Blume; Second For Sjostrom

Blume matched the time in which she won joint silver with Poland’s Katarzyna Wasick at the European Championships in Budapest in May.

Sarah Sjostrom was second in 24.25 as she ended the second meet of her comeback following elbow surgery and rehab with two first and two second places.

Ranomi Kromowidjojo was third in 24.36.

Kamminga Delivers Another 2:07; Championship Mark For Milak


Arno Kamminga; Photo Courtesy: Foto Giorgio Scala / Deepbluemedia /Insidefoto

Arno Kamminga won the 200 breaststroke in 2:07.63, a championship record for the European silver medallist who lowered Marco Koch’s 2:07.96 from 2019.

It was the Netherlands swimmer’s fourth-swiftest time of 2021 with the 200br set to be a humdinger in Tokyo with three men – Zac Stubblety-Cook, Shoma Sato and Anton Chupkov – having gone 2:06 this year.

Kamminga himself has a best of 2:06.85 from the Rotterdam Qualification Meet in December 2020

Luca Pizzini (2:10.12) and Olympic champion Dmitriy Balandin (2:10.65) were next home.

Kristof Milak came from fourth at the final turn to set a championship record of 1:46.39 in the 200 free.

The Hungarian, who won the 100 and 200 fly double in Rome, came home in 27.07 to lower Marco De Tullio‘s 2020 mark of 1:46.56.

Brazil’s Murilo Setin Sartori went 1:46.81 in the earlier heats to be second overall with Stefan Di Cola third swiftest in 1:46.84.

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Kristof Milak: Photo Courtesy: Hungarian Swimming Federation

Simona Quadarella made it a clean sweep after winning the 400 free in 4:0688 to add to the 800 and 1500.

European champion Margherita Panziera won the women’s 200 back in 2:08.08 with Aviv Barzelay setting a new Israeli record of 2:10.76 in second, slicing 0.10 from Anastasia Gorbenko‘s mark of 2:10.86 from the Swim Open Stockholm in April.

Matteo Restivo was 0.30 outside his Italian 200 back record in 1:56.59 in the men’s race.

Sara Franceschi won the 200IM in 2:10.26 with Olympic champion Katinka Hosszu second in 2:11.61 with Alberto Razzetti taking the men’s event in 1:58.34.

Alessia Polieri won the 200 fly in 2:08.80 ahead of Hosszu (2:09.19) and Ilaria Cusinato (2:09.70).

Andriy Govorov won the 50 fly in 23.19 and the men’s 1500 free closed out the meet with Fabio Dalu taking the touch in 15:07.57.




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