European Championships: Italy wins gold in the 4X50 mixed relay

European Championships: Italy wins gold in the 4X50 mixed relay


Italy gold in the 4X50 mixed relay. After two years, Italy is confirmed as European champion of the men’s 4×50 mixed event. In the last final of the second day of the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Otopeni in Romania, the Italian quartet made up of Lorenzo Mora, Nicolò Martinenghi, Thomas Ceccon and Lorenzo Zazzeri he won in 1’30″78 ahead of Great Britain (1’32″60) and Holland (1’33″03). Fourth was Norway (1’33″64) who had set the best time in the qualifiers.

Golden Italy at the European Championships: off to a great start

Italy really immediately became great at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Otopeni. After two days the blue team leads the medal table together with Great Britain with six medals. Today, in fact, in the lanes of the “Aquatics Complex” of the town on the outskirts of the Romanian capital Bucharest, Italnuoto achieved the first gold of the event, precisely that of the men’s 4×50 mixed race.

After yesterday’s silver for the four musketeers in the 4×50 freestyle, today also saw Benedetta Pilate And Simona Quadarella wearing silver around his neck, respectively in the 100 breaststroke and 800 freestyle, and Lorenzo Mora in the 50 backstroke.

Two years after

After two years, the 4x50m mixed race is still on top of Europe in the 25 meter pool. Two years ago in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan within the Russian Federation now banned from international sport for the military invasion in Ukraine, the Italian relay team set the world record with 1’30″14, a time which was then adjusted last year at the World Championships bringing it to 1’29″72.

Today Lorenzo Mora, excellent in the first half, Nicolò Martinenghiextraordinary in “his” breaststroke, Thomas Ceccon, powerful in the butterfly enough to increase the advantage, and Lorenzo Zazzeri did well to complete the job, they won in 1’30″78. Only the “trails” to Great Britain, almost two seconds behind (1’32″60), and to Holland (1’33″03).

Nice silver for Pilato beaten in the 100m breaststroke only by the Estonian Eneli Jefimova who clocked 1’03″21. For the 18 year old from Puglia, after a passage to 50 in 29″32, an excellent 1’03″76, twenty-one hundredths from his record (1’03″55).

Bronze to the Dutchman Tes Schouten (1’04″04). «I have to be honest, I didn’t have Jefimova’s time in my legs but I’m happy with this silver», Pilate said. Medal collector is Simona Quadarella, long distance specialist.

The Roman in the 800m freestyle confirmed her silver from two years ago and this year too she was preceded by the Russian, who has been French for a few months, Anastasia Kirpichnikova (8’04″48).

For Quadarella 8’14″83 good at defending against the return of the Hungarian Ajna Kesely, bronze (8’18″73). Lorenzo Mora also leaps onto the podium. The Italian took bronze in the 50 backstroke ex aequo, 23″10, with the Swiss Thierry Bollin.

Victory announced since the first round (he set the best times in all the two previous rounds) for the French Mewen Tomac in 22″84 over the German Ole Braunschweig (23″00).

European record in the 100m butterfly Noah Ponti: the Swiss swam 48″47, one hundredth better than the rubberized 48″48 which had belonged to the Russian Evgeny Korotyshkin since 2009.

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