World record and gold medal for the sixteen year old Benedetta Pilato in the 50 breaststroke at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest. The blue stopped the clock at 29 ″ 30, one tenth less than the previous record. It is the second Italian together with Federica Pellegrini to hold a world record. A shining medal on a day in which Italy shone again.
In the 800 freestyle it is the Ukrainian Mychajlo Romanchuk to win the final ahead of the blue Gregorio Paltrinieri, silver, and Gabriele Detti bronze. The Ukrainian finishes in 7’42 ″ 61, Paltrinieri in 7’43 ″ 62 and Detti in 7’46 ″ 10. Beautiful medals even if there is a small disappointment: sport not having repeated the gold and silver double in London 2016. “I tried in a thousand ways, I tried against Romanchuk to escape him in the central part but I couldn’t take a stronger step. He beat me. But it’s a good time and it’s another medal even if it’s never nice to lose like that. But I leave with five medals and a loot like this I did not hope for. The others are there, there are still two months to go until the Games and there is still a lot of work to do ”said Paltrinieri interviewed on Rai2.
Another beautiful medal is that of Nicolò Martinenghi who won the bronze in the 50 meters breaststroke. Victory of the British Nicolò Adam Peaty gold with 26’21, second place for the Belarusian Shymanovich 26’55. The blue finished in 26 ″ 68. “My first individual podium, I believed it. I have no regrets and I am very happy, so I am very calm, I enjoyed this final. I have reached a point that I have been waiting for a long time – the swimmer told Rai2 – I am no longer a superfluous presence “.