Pernille Blume Posts Second Fastest 50 Free of 2017 at Sette Colli

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The 2017 Sette Colli International concluded in Rome today with a multitude of meet records falling and many swimmers moving into the top 20 world rankings for 2017.

Denmark’s Pernille Blume delivered the second fastest 50 free of 2017 at a 24.13, while Great Britain’s Molly Renshaw and Denmark’s Rikke Moeller Pedersen battled in the women’s 200 breast.

Men’s 200 Back

Hungary’s Peter Bernek grabbed gold in the men’s 200 back with a final time of 1:57.45. Bernek’s time moves him into the top 20 world rankings for 2017.

Christian Diener of Germany picked up a close second with a 1:57.50, also moving him into the top 20 world rankings.

Great Britain’s Luke Greenbank rounded out the podium with a final time of 1:58.87.

Women’s 200 Back

Kata Burian continued the gold medal streak for Hungary with a top showing in the women’s 200 back. Burian turned in a top showing of 2:09.89, just off her 2017 best of 2:09.85 from the Hungarian Championships.

Australia’s Sian Whittaker grabbed second with a time of 2:10.65, while Italy’s Margherita Panzier took third with a 2:10.87.

Men’s 50 Fly

Ukraine’s Andriy Govorov flew to a new meet record in the men’s 50 fly, stopping the clock at a sizzling 23.01. His time downs his own meet record of 23.09, set in prelims, and moves him to fourth in the world rankings for 2017.

Nicholas Santos of Brazil claimed the silver with a time of 23.08, finishing behind his 2017 world leading time of 22.61. Great Britain’s Ben Proud was third with a 23.32.

Women’s 200 Fly

Liliana Szilagyi of Hungary neared the meet record of 2:07.05 in the women’s 200 fly, delivering a top time of 2:07.50. Szilagyi’s time moves her to ninth in the world rankings for 2017.

Great Britain’s Charlotte Atkinson finished second overall with a time of 2:08.31, but her fastest time sits at a 2:07.06 from the British Championships.

Zsuzsanna Jakabos of Hungary rounded out the podium with a third-place finish of 2:08.91, finishing off her 2017 best of 2:08.06.

Men’s 200 Breast

Germany’s Marco Koch topped the competition in the men’s 200 breast with a time of 2:09.63, but his 2017 best sits at a 2:09.07 from the Eindhoven Swim Cup.

The Italian duo of Luca Pizzini and Moises Daniel Loschi completed the podium with times of 2:10.73 and 2:11.85 respectively.

Women’s 200 Breast

The race to gold in the women’s 200 breast existed between Great Britain’s Molly Renshaw and Denmark’s Rikke Moeller Pedersen. Pedersen, the world record holder in this event, grabbed an immediate lead heading toward what looked like a solid win, but Renshaw turned up the speed in the final 100 meters.

Renshaw split a sizzling 37.49 over Pedersen’s 38.54 in the final 50 meters to out-touch Pedersen by .02 seconds. The two finished with times of 2:25.38 and 2:25.40 respectively.

Both Renshaw and Pedersen have been faster in 2017 with Renshaw sitting at third in the world rankings with a 2:23.04 and Pedersen at ninth with a 2:24.31.

Martina Moravcikova of the Czech Republic touched third with a time of 2:27.42.

Men’s 100 Free

Dominik Kozma of Hungary sprinted to first in the men’s 100 free, stopping the clock at a final time of 48.65.

Brazil’s Bruno Fratus and Australia’s James Magnusson finished with close times of 48.75 and 48.77 for second and third.

Women’s 50 Free

Olympic gold medalist Pernille Blume posted a dominating finish in the women’s 50 free with a time of 24.13, downing Ranomi Kromowidjojo’s 2012 meet record of 24.21. Blume’s time rockets her to second in the world rankings, behind Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom’s 23.83.

The Dutch duo of Kromowidjojo and Tamara van Vilet turned in times of 24.39 and 25.04 for second and third respectively.

Men’s 200 IM

Japan’s Daiya Seto posted a new meet record in the men’s 200 IM, stopping the clock with a time of 1:57.54. Seto’s time takes down Brazil’s Thiago Pereira’s 2012 meet record of 1:57.94.

David Verraszto of Hungary grabbed second overall with a top time of 1:59.25, followed by Brazil’s Thiago Simon’s 1:59.99.

Women’s 200 IM

The meet records continued falling in the women’s 200 IM as Great Britain’s Siobhan-Marie O’Connor powered to a final time of 2:10.01. Her time demolished the meet record of 2:11.34, set in 2008 by Australia’s Stephanie Rice. That time blasts O’Connor to fifth in the world rankings.

Switzerland’s Maria Ugolkova took second overall with a 2:11.41, just ahead of Australia’s Kotuku Ngawati and her time of 2:12.18.

Men’s 800 Free

Jan Micka of the Czech Republic topped the competition in the men’s 800 free, posting a final time of 7:54.24.

Hungary’s Gergely Gyurta claimed second with a time of 7:56.21, while Denmark’s Anton Ipsen was third overall with a 7:58.64.

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