Gregorio Paltrinieri 14:46: Fastest 1500 Heat Ever In Textile Among Men With Clean Slate

Gregorio Paltrinieri by Patrick B. Kraemer
Gregorio Paltrinieri by Patrick B. Kraemer

World champion Gregorio Paltrinieri produced a sizzling statement of a 14:46.81 for a ticket to lane 4 in the final of the 1500m freestyle to bring the second morning of heats to a swift close at the London Aquatics Centre. That made him the fastest heats swimmer in textile ever among those who never tested positive for banned substances.

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for33

I seem to recall that Mr. Eric Vendt had done a very fast time in the heats for the Beijing trials in 2008 (ahead of Mr. Larsen and Mr. Vanderkaay), that unfortunately he could not repeat in the final. Perhaps he was not so fast after all; I can’t remember the time.

aswimfan

For33,
If it was done at 2008 US trials, then it was not in textile.
Starting from February 2008 where Coventry and Coughlin casually broke WRs in US grandprix series -which amazed both of them- all top swimmers wore nothing but rubber suits until the end of it in December 2009.

for33

aswimfan: Thank you for your observation; I thought the “full suits” only became dominant after Beijing. I apologize for the mistake.

kevin roose

Its shaping up in the 1500 at Rio in a race of 5, 2 Australians, 2 Italians and Ryan Cochrane Canada …..thats based on Sun not being in Rio ….i cant see the Americans getting down to 14:40

aswimfan

For33,
I don’t know what you are trying to say. Do you really believe that Eric Vendt swam in textile and not in speedo LZR in the 2008 Olympics trials?

aswimfan

for33,
In fact, Erik Vendt was sued by his sponsor TYR for wearing Speedo LZR.
Vendt was 14:50+ in the heats and then went 15.0+ in the final.

That’s one danger of swimming in rubber suit: many swimmers were not realizing how fast they went until it was over. Case in point: Hackett went blistering 14:39 in Beijing heats, still the fastest ever heats swim, all suits. He didn’t realize he went that fast, which took some toll. He would have won Beijing had he repeat that time in the final. If only he had gone easier, say 10 seconds slower, in the heats, he could have gone faster in the final.

aswimfan

Kevin Roose,
You can’t see americans getting down to 14:40s?

try harder.
And remember this name: Conor Jaeger.

for33

aswimfan: I wasn’t trying to be polemic or to dispute your statement. My understanding was the the LZR suits were partially made with some advanced materials beneficial to speed and floating, but not in all their parts. I thought the “full suits” appeared after Beijing, in 2009. I guess I always thought that Beijing-level suits were still somewhat acceptable, in the sense that one never hears negative comments with regards to things like Mr. Phelps performances and times at those olympic games. But again, I am not too knowledgeable, so I should be more careful when commenting.

Mr. Kevin Roose: like aswimfan stated, Mr. Jaeger had an impressive performance 1500m in Kazan, and I would expect he’ll be one of the swimmers with strong possibilities of winning a medal in Rio. I also believe that Mr. Wilimowsky could be another very strong american contender in the 1500m. He also swims in open water, so I do not know if he will swim 1500m at trials. I really hope that he does, though.

aswimfan

for33,

Speedo LZR was the first of the rubbersuits, albeit at only 50% polyurethane.

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