Sette Colli, Day 1: Benedetta Pilato Sets Italian 100m Breaststroke Record On Night Of Sizzling Speed In Rome

Benedetta Pilato: Photo courtesy: Deepbluemedia

Sette Colli, Day 1: Benedetta Pilato Sets Italian 100m Breaststroke Record On Night Of Sizzling Speed In Rome

Benedetta Pilato set an Italian 100m breaststroke record of 1:05.44 on a night when championship records also fell at the Sette Colli meet in Rome.

The 2022 world champion had a best of 1:05.70 from the Italian Championships that same year but she took that apart on Friday in the Eternal City.

The 19-year-old was out in 30.33 and back in 35.11 to take 0.23 from Arianna Castiglioni’s record that had stood since the Sette Colli in June 2021.

It was the eighth-fastest time in the world this year with the rankings topped by Tang Qianting’s Asian record of 1:04.39.

Angharad Evans made her second journey inside 1:06 with 1:05.91 for second with Martina Carraro third in 1:06.43.

There were also championship records by Sarah Sjostrom (50 fly), Thomas Ceccon (100 back) Simona Quadarella (1500 free).

Sarah Sjostrom: Photo courtesy: Deepbluemedia

Sjostrom scorched to a time of 24.73 in the 50 fly, the fifth-fastest all-time headed by the Swede’s 24.43 world record dating back to July 2014.

Sjostrom sliced a hefty 0.46 from her championship record set in 2018.

Quadarella led throughout in the longest race in the pool with the two-time world champion in the event gradually extending her lead over Germany’s Isabel Gose.

The Italian stopped the clock in 15:48.27, 0.54 inside her own championship mark of 15:48.81 that she posted back in 2021.

Gose, the world bronze medallist, was 2.49secs back in second, clocking 15:50.56 with Germany teammate Leonie Martens third in 16:05.17.

Ceccon opened the evening action with a championship record of 52.43 in the 100 back, the fifth-fastest in the world this year topped by Ryan Murphy’s 52.22 at the US trials.

It also sliced 0.43 off the Italian’s championship mark of 52.86 set at last year’s meet.

Ceccon led home an Italian clean sweep as he was joined on the podium by Michele Lamberti (53.35) and Christian Bacico (54.05).

Victories For Haughey, Proud & Martinenghi At Sette Colli

Siobhan Haughey has been on fantastic form that has not only showcased quality but also consistency.

The double Olympic silver medallist led throughout to win the 200 free by more than a second in 1:55.35 ahead of Mary-Sophie Harvey (1:56.38) and Freya Colbert (1:56.58).

Ben Proud is looking for his first Olympic medal next month after sweeping every other title available to him.

The Briton won the 50 free in 21.62 ahead of Leonardo Deplano (21.76) and Guillherme Santos (21.97).

Siobhan Haughey: Photo courtesy: Deepbluemedia

Nicolo Martinenghi led throughout to win the 100m breaststroke, splitting 27.48/31.42 to come home in 58.90 and the only man inside 59.

Caspar Corbeau and Ludovico Blu Art were separated by 0.04 in 59.23 to 59.27 respectively while Adam Peaty – who is going for his third straight Olympic title in Paris – was next home in 59.51.

Nyls Korstanje continued his fine form with a 50.90 victory in the 100 fly, a week after he secured the Dutch national title in 50.94.

Guillhermo Costa overhauled Lucas Henveaux on the final 50 to claim the 400 free title in 3:45.33 to 3:45.81.

Lauren Cox won the women’s 50 back in 28.01.

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