Thomas Ceccon Out Of Doha Worlds As Italy Announces Team Of 34

Thomas Ceccon of Italy competes in the 100m Backstroke Men Semifinal during the 20th World Aquatics Championships at the Marine Messe Hall A in Fukuoka (Japan), July 24th, 2023.
Thomas Ceccon: Photo Courtesy: Andrea Masini / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto

Thomas Ceccon Out Of Doha Worlds As Italy Announces Team Of 34

Thomas Ceccon and Margherita Panziera are notable absentees from the 34-strong Italy squad for the World Championships in Doha.

While the duo won’t make the trip to Qatar, Nicolo Martinenghi, Benedetta Pilato, Gregorio Paltrinieri and Simona Quadarella are among the team comprising 20 men and 14 women.

Nine athletes will make their worlds debut in Doha with the pool programme running from 11-18 February.

Three-time world champion Ceccon is recovering from a finger injury sustained in the latter part of December as he concluded a year in which he was the sole Italian champion at the Fukuoka worlds with gold in the 50 fly.

The 22-year-old also won silvers in the 100 back and the men’s 4×100 free although Italy missed out in the men’s medley relay, finishing ninth little more than a year after matching Britain’s European record of 3:27.51 en-route to gold at Budapest 2022.

The squad will need to confirm their Olympic berth in Doha with Ceccon having already booked an individual slot for Paris 2024 at the Italian Open in late November along with Alessandro Miressi, Alberto Razzetti, Pilato and Paltrinieri.

Panziera – winner of four European backstroke titles – will focus on the Italian Championships in March where she can qualify for Paris.

Italy squad for the 2024 World Championships:


Luca De Tullio (Fiamme Oro / CC Aniene)
Marco De Tullio (CC Aniene)
Leonardo Deplano (Carabinieri / CC Aniene)
Stefano Di Cola (Navy / CC Aniene)
Manuel Frigo (Fiamme Oro / Team Veneto)
Michele Lamberti (Fiamme Gialle / Gam Brescia)
Nicolò Martinenghi (CC Aniene)
Filippo Megli (Carabinieri / RN Florentia)
Alessandro Miressi (Fiamme Oro / CN Torino)
Lorenzo Mora (Fiamme Rosse / Amici Nuoto Modena)
Gregorio Paltrinieri (Fiamme Oro / Coopernuoto)
Alessandro Ragaini (Carabinieri / Team Marche)
Alberto Razzetti (Fiamme Gialle / Genova Nuoto My Sport)
Giammarco Sansone (SC Nuoto Firenze)
Ludovico BluArt Vibert (CN Turin)
Lorenzo Zazzeri ( Army / RN Florentia)


Anita Bottazzo (Fiamme Gialle / Imolanuoto)
Arianna Castiglioni (Fiamme Gialle / Team Insubrika)
Costanza Cocconcelli (Fiamme Gialle / Azzurra 91)
Giulia D’Innocenzo (Carabinieri / CC Aniene)
Francesca Fangio (Army / In Sport)
Sara Franceschi (Fiamme Gialle / Livorno Aquatics)
Sonia Laquintana (Fiamme Gialle / Azzurra 91)
Emma Virginia Menicucci (Army / CC Aniene)
Sofia Morini (Army / Azzurra 91)
Francesca Pasquino (In Sport)
Benedetta Pilato (Fiamme Oro / CC Aniene)
Simona Quadarella (CC Aniene)
Giulia Ramatelli (CS Army / Aurelia Nuoto)
Chiara Tarantino (Fiamme Gialle / In Sport)





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