Europeans: Rivolta’s record and an Italy that is advancing in strength

Matteo Rivolta

Another blue day at the European Championships in Kazan, where Italy in 3 days has already scored 15 medals with 3 golds, 9 silvers and 3 bronzes, the highest number even compared to Russia, which already has 11 podiums including 5 golds. Matteo Rivolta hits the Italian record in the 50 butterfly in the battery: 22 ”47 and second time of entry into the semifinal, only the Hungarian Szebasztian Szabo is faster (22” 22). The Milanese cancels Marco Orsi’s 22 ”50 on 3 September at the ISL in Naples. The 30 year old coached by Marco Pedoja, gold medal in Copenhagen 2017 in the double distance – improves sixteen cents to the staff of 22 ”63, also in Naples. Before graduating from a master’s degree in Economics, a record that sweeps away some regrets like that in the 100 while “the 50s are always unpredictable. Making an Italian record at this age means that I can still keep up with the new generation that advances: the present and the future belong to the many young people who are in Italian swimming. I try to be still fighting, I don’t think I will drag my career on for much longer, because I have so many projects in my head, which are extra swimming. I will go on as long as I enjoy it. In the meantime, I enjoy this time and I am very happy ”. Also promoted Thomas Ceccon 22 ″ 53 (progress from 22 ″ 63). Michele Lamberti despite the staff in 22 “81 (23” 83) is twelfth and third Italian among the best 16 and stops in the morning.

The heats on Friday open with Silvia Scalia and Margherita Panziera in the 100 backstroke: the new student of Matteo Giunta after the bronze in the relay touches in 57 ”15, third time and improved personal from 57” 51 as well as second all-time Italian time trial. The runner-up of the 200s is seventh in 57 ”97. In the lead is the Dutchman, aiming for the gold trio in the specialty that looks at the sun. Federica Toma and Erika Gaetani, while filing their respective personal, finished in 58 ”90 (from 59” 43) and in 59 ”52 (from 59” 57).

In the selection of the 200 freestyle the two medalists of the 400 advance, Matteo Ciampi and Marco De Tullio, third and ninth. Franceschi’s pupil files fourteen cents to his staff in 1’43 “14, behind only the Russian Ivan Girev (1’42” 77) and the Dutch Stan Pijnengurg (1’42 “91), while Minotti’s from Bari closes in 1’43 “81 (from 1’45” 59). Eliminated Filippo Megli, eleventh in 1’43 “94 and Stefano Di Cola in 1’45” 45. In the 100 butterfly, Elena Di Liddo boasts the best time (56 ″ 06) and Ilaria Bianchi is twelfth (58 ″ 72) for entry to the semifinals. Alessia Polieri touches in 59 ”23.

Finally, Costanza Cocconcelli and Sara Franceschi pass the round in the 200 medley: the Bolognese is ninth in 2’10 “54, the silver Livorno woman in the 400 is twelfth in 2’11” 34. In the lead is the Swiss Maria Ugolkova in 2’09 ”23. At 16.30 the semifinals and finals, including that of the first 1500 in the history of these 25-meter European Championships with the world champion Simona Quadarella.

FRIDAY DRUMS – Men, 200 sl: 1. Girev (Rus) 1’42 “77, 2. Pijnenburg (Ola) 1’42” 91, 3. Ciampi 1’43 “14, 9. De Tullio 1’43” 81, 11. Best 1’43 ″ 94, 18. Di Cola 1’45 ″ 45.

200 wounds: 1. Dorinov (Rus) 2’02 ″ 88, 2. Kamminga (Ola) 2’03 ″ 98, 3. Zhigalog (Rus) 2’04 ″ 53.

50 butterfly: 1. Szabo (Ung) 22 ″ 22, 2. Revolt 22 ″ 47 (Italian record, prev. 22 ”50 Orsi of 03/09/2021 in Naples), 3. Zaitsev (East) 22 ″ 52, 4 Ceccon 22 ″ 54, 12. Michele Lamberti 22 ″ 81, np Orsi.

Women, 100 backs: 1. Toussaint (Ola) 56 ”67, 3. Scalia 57” 15, 7. Panziera 57 ”97, 14. Toma 58” 90, 18. Gaetani 59 ”52.

100 butterfly: 1. Di Liddo 56 ″ 91, 2. Chimrova (Rus) 57 ″ 12, 3. Sjostrom (Sve) 57 ″ 19, 12. Bianchi 58 ″ 72, 15. Polieri 59 ″ 23, n..p. Di Pietro.

200 mx: 1. Ugolkova (May) 2’09 ″ 23, 2. Gorbenko (Isr) 2’09 ″ 51, 3. Horska (R.Cec) 2’09 ″ 74, 9. Cocconcelli 2’10 ″ 54, 12. Franceschi 2’11 ″ 34.

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Europeans: Rivolta’s record and an Italy that is advancing in strength

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