Gregorio Paltrinieri Checks Into 1500 Final On Leading 14:21 Next To An Empty Lane

Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy
Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy by Patrick B. Kraemer

World champion Gregorio Paltrinieri, of Italy, had a sense of deja vu as he checked into lane 4 for the final of the 1500m freestyle with a world-ranks leading 14:21 on the second day of heats at the European showcase at the Wingate Institute in Netanya, Israel, just inside the moment morning was no more

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World champion Gregorio Paltrinieri, of Italy, had a sense of deja vu as he checked into lane 4 for the final of the 1500m freestyle with a world-ranks leading 14:21 on the second day of heats at the European showcase at the Wingate Institute in Netanya, Israel, just inside the moment morning was no more

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Wez

No real need for * or ** anymore. It feels as if that is now able to hang from a name regardless of what WADA can prove. I must admit, sport in general is letting avid fans down.

Craig Lord

Wez, we will continue to set apart those who have tested positive. We will continue to point out anomalies and aberrations, too.

TommyL

14:21. Not bad for someone who swims 18-20km a day and did not rest too much for this meet.

Congrats to my countryman Richard Nagy who managed to make the final in both 400im and 1500free. Crazy double.

I can feel a WR again in the afternoon.

Wez

Craig, while you are doing a good job of keeping the two separate, my comment was a generalisation of media and sport in general.

I, for one am all for extreme punishment for cheats, lifetime bans, the works. I am also one for benefit of the doubt, no matter how big until proven otherwise. My comment was not directed at this fine site, but rather at the shame that has caused us to have said doubt over any performance.

(Please feel free to edit this should you deem it unfit for comments).

My reasoning here, the 16 year old Phenomenon that took the 400 IM world record and put it on its head, with a blistering 58 second back end, and since not done terribly much. Eyebrows were raised.

The metal machine, consistent in form, and improvements that are exponential. Up go those eyebrows.

A slightly above Russian, with no major titles. A positive to the name, only increases the suspicion for fellow compatriots.

My point is that, now it seems, we cannot sit and enjoy a sport without having to wonder.
One of my favourite examples Park Tae Hwan, forever lost to me now and yet accomplished so much. Big shadow. In the words of Jack Johnson – where’d all the good people go?

Craig Lord

Thanks for the kind comments. All those folk went in the bin of all the bad stuff that the system and so-called leaders tolerated and one way or another even supported, for turning blind eyes is just as bad as active complicity in some ways, Wez.
The question is not what of the 16-year-old who finishes a 400IM in 58.6 but rather: where are the questions for so-called leaders who ought to wonder ‘is this a child who needs protecting’? That is not happening… and so, yes, you end up with a system where much is doubted and trust is lost far and wide. That said, much trust survives; and some of the issues you raised deserve a raised eyebrow, without any question, in my mind. History screams of the need for eyebrows to be raised, particularly when the system appears designed to drag its feet and only get to what it should get to when others force it to.

ThereaLuigi

Impressive time from Greg P. if he really is in an intense training period and has not tapered specifically for this meet.* Swimmers are like fishermen who lie about their catches: they always say they swam un-tapered, even if it is not true.

*Of course, he is inside Olympic macro-cycle, but so are most of the others

aswimfan

Park Tae Hwan is absolutely the most major disappointment for me as a swim fan.

Wez

Craig, i am agreeing with you 100%. All of the “raised eyebrow” comments surely do require a raised eyebrow. My point is how wide this “epidemic” has spread. So far has it gone, that questions must be asked of even the “run of the mill” swimmers, not just the ones that get caught, or, whose performances are so good, and consistent, that suspicion is raised.

How far does it need to go for fans and athletes alike, to be reassured that the sport is clean? Blood passports? Blood and urine testing? Go-pro’s strapped to athlete’s at all times so they can be monitored. The last comment is tongue in cheek obviously, but we need to have some direction going forward to promote clean sport.

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