Swimming, Settecolli: Ceccon and Quadarella complete the trio, Sara Franceschi improves the Italian record in the 200 medley

Swimming, Settecolli: Ceccon and Quadarella complete the trio, Sara Franceschi improves the Italian record in the 200 medley

The last day of the 59th edition of the Settecolli in Rome still gives great satisfaction to the blue colours. Among the main protagonists Thomas Ceccon, Simona Quadarella, Alberto Razzetti and Sara Franceschi, capable not only of getting on the top step of the podium, but also of providing convincing performances in view of the World Championships, scheduled in Fukuoka, Japan, from 14 to July 30th.

Ceccon completes the hat-trick also dominating the 50 butterfly

As in the previous days, Ceccon took center stage by taking first place in the 50m butterfly with a time of 22''84, his second personal performance of the season. For Alberto Burlina's pupil, a hat-trick after the 50m and 100m backstroke, but some concern for Japan: "I finished a decent Sette Colli, the group is there for the World Championship, but it's further back than last year".

Tris also for Quadarella who also won in the 400 freestyle

Super performance also for Simona Quadarella, welcomed by the ovation of the public: after the victories in the 1500m and 800m freestyle, the favorite of the house dropped the trio in the 400m (Dumont second, Kesely third). The Roman swimmer initially struggled to find the rhythm, but in the final she managed to impose the decisive leap: "I had fun, even though she's very tired: all in all, I did a good time".

Sara Franceschi improves the Italian record in the 200 medley

Show also by Sara Franceschi who won in the 200 medley establishing the new Italian record (2'09"30), improving the record she had set two months ago (2'10"05) at the Italian championships."The sensations were good since this morning: now I'm aware of my abilities, I was missing this step," said the 23-year-old from Tuscany.

Alberto Razzetti wins the 200 medley

Alberto Razzetti also crowned an excellent Settecolli by winning the 200m medley (1'58"74) ahead of the British Duncan Scott and the Israeli Ron Polonsky. A new triumph, after the one in the 100m, for the Romanian David Popovici who broke, with the time of 1'45"49, the record of the event in the 200 freestyle. Third Stefano Di Cola (1'46"90) who until the end tried to keep up with the world champion: "But he's a monster, I'm satisfied with my time".

De Tullio triumphs in the 1500 freestyle

Bronze, instead, for Luca Pizzini in the men's 200m breaststroke, won by the Dutchman Arno Kamminga in 2'10"57. In the women's race (dominated by the Dutchman Schouten), Italy finished third with Francesca Fangio, happy for the progress made after the change of coach Luca De Tullio, finally, in 14'59"68 won the 1500m freestyle ahead of the Dutch Wiffen. Now head to the World Cup. The squad list of director Cesare Butini ali will be released in the next few days, despite the fact that the bulk of the squad is already made up with a group that will consist of between 30 and 35 players. The expedition will be led by Gregorio Paltrinieri, who has remained working at high altitude.



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