Gregorio Paltrinieri

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Gregorio Paltrinieri
Kazan 2015 - Gregorio Paltrinieri wins silver at 800m.jpg
Paltrinieri in Kazan, Russia 2015
Personal information
Full name Gregorio Paltrinieri
National team  Italy
Born (1994-09-05) 5 September 1994 (age 22)
Carpi, Italy
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 72 kg (159 lb)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club Coopernuoto
Coach Stefano Morini

Gregorio Paltrinieri (born 5 September 1994) is an Italian competitive swimmer. He is the olympic and world long course and short course champion and three-times European long course champion in the 1500 m freestyle event at the 2012, 2014 and 2016 European Aquatics Championships, and two-times European long course champion in the 800 m freestyle event. Paltrinieri is the current 1500 m freestyle (short course) world record holder. He also holds the long course European records in the 800 m and 1500 m freestyle events with times of 7:40.81 and 14:34.04.

Swimming career[edit]

Paltrinieri started swimming at a very young age, and until the age of 12, he specialized in breaststroke. However, as he grew, he converted to freestyle, specializing in the longer pool distances.

2011: Junior[edit]

His first international success came as a 16-year-old at the 2011 European Junior Swimming Championships in Belgrade, where he won the 1500 metres gold and an 800 metres bronze. Having qualified for the World championships in Shanghai, he did not progress further than the heats, but a few weeks later at the World Junior Championships in Lima, Peru, he was back on the podium with a 1500 metres freestyle silver and an 800 metres bronze.

2012: Summer Olympics and European Champion[edit]

In March 2012 Paltrinieri won the Italian 800 metres freestyle title, and two months later, he left everyone in his wake at the European Championships in Debrecen, defeating renowned Hungarians Gergő Kis and Gergely Gyurta in the 1500 m. His time of 14:48.92 qualified him for the Olympics and, at the time, was the year’s second-fastest 1500 m swim, breaking the championship record.[1] He is trained by Stefano Morini.[2] At 2012 Summer Olympics, the 17-year-old Italian advanced to his first Olympic final with the 4th fastest time of 14:50.11.[3] In the final he finished 5th in 14:51.92.

At the end of 2012 Paltrinieri finished 2nd in the 1500 meter freestyle event at the 2012 FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m), and was later awarded a gold medal after a positive doping test for Danish swimmer Mads Glæsner.[4] However, upon appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Glæsner's 1500-meter freestyle gold medal was reinstated based on the fact that a test after that race, two days after his initial positive test following the 400-meter free, was clean. This means that Paltrinieri was returned to his silver medal position in the 1500 m freestyle.[5]

2013 World Aquatics Championships[edit]

Paltrinieri competed for Italy at 2013 World Aquatics Championships. He reached his first 800 metres freestyle final at a long course world championship event finishing sixth in 7:50.29. In the 1500 metres freestyle event Paltrinieri won a bronze medal with a time of 14:45.37, establishing a new national record.[6]

2014[edit]

In 2014 Paltrinieri at the Italian Swimming Championships in Riccione finished second in 800 metres freestyle event with a time of 7:43.01, behind Gabriele Detti who established a new European record in the distance.[7] Three days later Paltrinieri established a new national record of 14:44.50 in the 1500 m freestyle event. The day before the meet, Paltrinieri had swum an unofficial world best time of 50:56.50 in the 5 km (long course pool) at the Italian indoor distance championships in Riccione.[8]

In August, at the 2014 European Aquatics Championships, Paltrinieri won the 800 m and 1500 m freestyle events establishing an impressive new European record of 14:39.93; with this result he became only the fifth swimmer ever to swim under 14:40.00 in the 1500 m freestyle long course. At the 2014 FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m) in Doha, Paltrinieri became World champion for the first time with the new European record of 14:16.10, which was also the second fastest time ever swum behind Grant Hackett's world record.

2015: World Champion and World Record Holder[edit]

At the 2015 World Aquatics Championships, in Kazan, Paltrinieri won the silver medal in the 800 m, losing to Sun Yang. Later he won the 1500 m, setting a new European record, a race in which Sun did not take part despite having qualified for the final with the second best time after Paltrinieri.

At the end of the year Paltrineri took part at the 2015 European Short Course Swimming Championships in Netanya (Israel); here he established a new 1500 metres freestyle world record of 14:08.06 winning the gold medal ahead fellow Italian and friend Gabriele Detti. The previous record set in 2001 by Grant Hackett was beaten by 2.04 seconds. With the gold medal, Paltrinieri also became the simultaneous holder of the world and European titles, in long course and short course, in the 1500 metres freestyle event.

Personal bests[edit]

As of 5 December 2015
Long course
Event Time Meet Date Note(s)
200 m freestyle 1:50.96 Italian Championships April 3, 2012
400 m freestyle 3:48.41 Italian Championships April 10, 2014
800 m freestyle 7:40.81 2015 World Aquatics Championships August 5, 2015 ER
1500 m freestyle 14:34.04 2016 European Aquatics Championships May 18, 2016 ER
5000 m freestyle 50:56.50 Italian indoor distance championships April 7, 2014 [8]
400 m individual medley 4:26.51 Italian Championships August 6, 2012
Short course
Event Time Meet Date Note(s)
200 m freestyle 1:50.00 Italian Championships March 26, 2013
400 m freestyle 3:45.17 2012 European Short Course Swimming Championships November 22, 2012
800 m freestyle 7:31.33 2015 European Short Course Swimming Championships December 4, 2015 Estab. in 1500 m final[9]
1500 m freestyle 14:08.06 2015 European Short Course Swimming Championships December 4, 2015 WR

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Londra 2012 – i qualificati". coni.it. Archived from the original on 25 May 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Europei di Debrecen – Paltrinieri, un oro per Londra" (in Italian). federnuoto.it. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Sun qualifies fastest for 1500 m final, ahead of Tunisia's Oussama Mellouli, Canada's Ryan Cochrane and Italy's Gregorio Paltrinieri". euronews.com. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "FINA Strips Glaesner of World Championship As Well; Paltrinieri Becomes 1500 Champ". swimswam.com. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Keith, Braden. "Mads Glaesner Appeal Upheld, He Will Retain World Championship Gold". SwimSwam.com. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  6. ^ "Men's 1500m free: Sun (CHN) confirms supremacy since 2011". fina.org. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  7. ^ Andersen, Jared (April 8, 2014). "National 800 Free Record For Gabriele Detti At Italian Nationals Day 1". Swimswam. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b Lord, Craig (April 7, 2014). "Gregorio Paltrinieri's 50mins 'world' 5km mark a warm-up for Nationals". Swimvortex. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  9. ^ Men's 1500 freestyle final

External links[edit]

Records
Preceded by
Grant Hackett
Men's 1500 metre freestyle
World record holder (short course)

4 Dec 2015 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Gabriele Detti
Men's 800 metre freestyle
European record holder (long course)

5 Aug 2015 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Yury Prilukov
Men's 1500 metre freestyle
European record holder (long course)

20 Aug 2014 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Vincenzo Nibali
Italian Sportsman of the Year
2015 - 2016
Succeeded by
Incumbent