Sixteen-Year-Old Lorenzo Galossi Goes 7:46.28 In 800 Free At Italian Summer Championships

Lorenzo Galossi
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Sixteen-Year-Old Lorenzo Galossi Goes 7:46.28 In 800 Free At Italian Summer Championships

Lorenzo Galossi continued the recent form that has drawn admiring glances with an 800 free victory in 7:46.28, a national junior record that would see him challenge in senior waters at the Italian Summer Championships in Ostia.

Italy has been blessed with two great distance freestylers in recent years in Gregorio Paltrinieri and Gabriele Detti and now Galossi looks set to join them.

Galossi only turned 16 in May and announced himself last month at the European Junior Championships with silver behind David Popovici in the 200 free as well as gold in the 400 (3:48.14) and 800 (7:52.04).

He split the second half of the 200 in 54.50 to Popovici’s 54.71 although he finished 2.26secs behind the double world champion in 1:47.71.

Galossi’s time on Wednesday may have been seven seconds adrift of Paltrinieri’s European record of 7:39.27 but it would have earned sixth spot at the World Championships in Budapest, displacing Detti (7:47.75) in the process.

The 16-year-old was out in 27.16 and moved into first place at 350, his splits ranging from 28.97-29.97 before coming home in 27.64 to slice 3.48secs from the previous junior mark of 7:49.76 he set in April.

Behind him came another prospect Luca de Tullio, the 18-year-old moving into second at halfway and stopping the clock at 7:51.78.

Rita Caramignoli won the women’s event in 8:37.87.

Alessandro Miressi won the men’s 100 free (48.41) while Olympic bronze medallist Federico Burdisso took the men’s 200 fly, leading from start to finish to touch in 1:55.45, over 1.5secs ahead of nearest challenger Giacomo Carini (1:56.96).

Pier Andrea Matteazzi took the men’s 400IM in 4:16.14 with Simone Carasuolo winning the 50br (26.93) and Michele Lamberti the 50 back in 25.31.

Chiara Tarantino made up a deficit of 0.29 at halfway to overhaul Silvia di Pietro in the 100 free, winning in 54.69 to 54.84.

Ilaria Bianchi won the 100 fly in 58.71, the only woman inside 59, Federica Toma took the women’s 100 back in 1:00.10, Sara Franceschi claimed the 400IM in 4:42.46 with Benedetta Pilato a clear winner in the 50br in 30.03.


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