Four finals and four medals for Italy on the first day of the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Kazan. Only gold was missing, but our national team demonstrated with three silvers and a bronze great solidity despite being for the first time the orphan of Federica Pellegrini who after the Olympics chose to compete only in the International Swimming League before leaving the competitions. But a young Italy is a great protagonist, already from the first final. Thanks to Sara Franceschi who swims an excellent 400 medley comeback. The blue athlete, trained by his father Stefano, former national swimming team, is silver medal in 4’30”47 in ex aequo with the Serbian Anja Crevar. At the end of the 16 laps a mocking arrival, with the first three on the same line and the Turkish Gunes to win for just two cents. Fourth Alessia Polieri in the same final. Blue double on the podium in the 400 freestyle with the Dutch Luc Kroon who gets behind him in 3’38 “33 Matteo Ciampi and Marco De Tullio, respectively silver with a personal best at 25 cents from gold and bronze at only 22 cents from team mate. Azzurri protagonists from the start: first and second halfway through the race, and when Ciampi – an athlete from Latina, who trains in Livorno with Franceschi – seemed to have a reassuring margin over all his pursuers, he suffered the attack of the Dutchman who mocked all. However, the podium of De Tullio, the Apulian athlete who has chosen to move under the orders of Christian Minotti, former coach of Simona Quadarella, is not in question. Italy is not lucky on the final touch even in the men’s 4×50 style. Relay composed by Alessandro Miressi, Thomas Ceccon, Lorenzo Zazzeri, and Marco Orsi: compared to the very young quartet Olympic vice-champion of the 4×100 style in Tokyo, outside Frigo, inside the expert Orsi, a great specialist in the short course. Italy very well already in the first stages, amazing Zazzeri in the third fraction who brought Italy back to first place with an excellent 20.24 launched. Orsi did everything possible to keep the advantage, a great diver that seemed enough to lead Italy to gold. Instead a great comeback by De Boer that allows the Netherlands to precede the Azzurri by just 3 cents. Bronze to Russia. In the final of the women’s 4×50 style Italy is fourth, but more than a second from the podium where the quartets of Russia, Holland and Poland climbed.
Lamberti records in the semifinals
The improvement of the twenty-year-old from Brescia Michele Lamberti, son of art, debut in the senior national team. One of the 3 children of the former world record holder Giorgio, and of the former blue middle-distance runner Tanya Vannini, already swims the Italian record in the heats of 50 backstrokes, but still improves in the semifinals, lowering the national record of 50 backstroke 22.79. Lamberti goes to the final with the second absolute time, behind the Russian world record holder Kolesnikov who hits the championship record in the semifinals. Lorenzo Mora will also be in the final with the fifth overall time. Michele Lamberti a few minutes later returned to the pool also in the 100 butterfly, breaking the pass for the final even over this distance. In addition to Lamberti and Mora, Silvia Di Pietro (50 style), Arianna Castiglioni and Martina Carraro (first and fourth qualifying time in the 100 breaststroke), Simona Quadarella and Martina Caramignoli (second and third time) also qualified for the finals on Wednesday afternoon of qualification in the 800 style).
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European short course: Italy starts with 4 medals