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Rivolta Takes The 'Fly Test Below 52

Apr 10, 2013  - Craig Lord

Matteo Rivolta became the swimmer this year to crack 52sec over 100m butterfly with his second Italian record of the day, a 51.70 victory granting him a dominant victory on the second day of finals at Italian nationals in Riccione.

Having set the best pace in the world on 52.06 in morning heats, the 21-year-old racing for Team Insubrika/Creval intended to take the national mark down further. He was out in 24.19 and returned in 27.51 on his way to a time 0.8sec inside the personal best he sported at the start of the day. Piero Codia took silver in  52.74, Tommaso Romani the bronze in 53.24.

Federico Turrini, Centro Sportivo Esercito/Nuoto Livorno, took the 400m medley title in 4:11.55 (58.29, 2:01.38, 3:13.22), silver going to Luca Marin, Circolo Canottieri Aniene, in 4:15.17, Francesco Pavone on 4:18.60 for bronze. Turrini joined Rivolta as a world pace-setter in 2013, his winning time inside the previous best so far this year, the 4:13.85 of Wang Shun at China nationals in the past week.

World short-course champion Fabio Scozzoli, Centro Sportivo Esercito/Imolanuoto, almost became the third Italian on the day to lead the way in the world. Out in 28.09, he stopped the clock on 59.77 in the 100m breaststroke. Christian Sprenger (AUS) thus hung on to the helm of the world ranks with a 59.75 from January. 

In Riccione the silver went to 50m winner yesterday,  Mattia Pesce, GS Fiamme Oro Roma/Forum Sport Center, in 1:00.37, after a 27.76 leading half-way split. The bronze went to Andrea Toniato in 1:00.80.

Silvia Di Pietro, GS Forestale/Circolo Canottieri Aniene, claimed the 50m butterfly crown in 26.75, 0.09sec ahead of world s/c 100m champion Ilaria Bianchi, the bronze going to Elena Gemo in 27.07. Di Pietro was not done.

The women's 100m freestyle, Federica Pellegrini bypassing solo events on her best stroke, went to Alice Mizzau, Gr.Nuoto Fiamme Gialle/Plain Team Veneto, in 55.14, Erika Ferraioli taking silver in 55.32 and Di Pietro back in the hunt, on  55.76 for bronze.

In a tight tussle for the podium places in the 200m breaststroke, Giulia De Ascentis, Circolo Canottieri Aniene, grabbed the  crown in 2:28.16, just 0.01sec ahead of Lisa Fissneider, the bronze going to Elisa Celli in 2:28.22.

Martina Caramignoli, Aurelia Nuoto, ploughed ahead to 16:17.48 triumph over 1500m freestyle after Aurora Ponsele, Aniene, stayed close until the 800m but slipped back gradually on the way to a 16:27.04 finish for silver and possible berth on the Italian team for the world championships. The bronze went to Linda Caponi in 16:36.86.

Canottieri Aniene A team claimed the 4x200m free crown to close the session, a 7:18.87 victory delivered by Alex Di Giorgio (1:48.72), Damiano Lestingi (1:49.07), Marco Belotti (1:49.52) and Nicola Cassio (1:51.56). Team Lombardia took silver in 7:19.02, Filip Magnini producing the split of the race in 1:47.57, while GS Fiamme Oro Roma claimed bronze in 7:23.43.