Swimming World Splashback One Year Ago Today: European Stars Highlight Close of Rio Olympic Games

Photo Courtesy: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

On the final night of swimming competition at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Gregory Paltrinieri of Italy and Pernille Blume of Denmark each won their first Olympic gold medal in their respective events. Blume took the 50 freestyle while Paltrinieri claimed the 1500. Countryman Gabrielle Detti took the bronze.

While some new faces topped the podium in the individual events, the Americans continued their relay dominance on the final evening of competition. The men’s team carried on their undefeated 400 medley streak while the women earned the United States’ 1,000th collective Olympic gold medal.

Swimming World is recounting all the highlights from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games through a series of Splashbacks. Memories from August 891011 and 12 are also available.

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Author: Diana Pimer

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Diana Pimer was a breaststroke/IMer at Keene State College and is the NEISDA Conference record holder in the 200 IM. She is currently an Age Group Coach at AGUA in New York City and has covered major competitions for Swimming World including the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, 2015 and 2017 FINA World Championships, USA Swimming Nationals and more.

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