Gregorio Paltrinieri had lacked lustre in the light of Gabriele Detti’s exploits at Italian nationals in Riccione this week but with his training partner bypassing the 1500m freestyle after clocking personal bests for gold in the 200, 400 and 800m, the Olympic 30-lap champion was ready to remind the distance world of his status. And that he did with a following wind: 14:37.08. A third entry for the Italian in the all-time top 10 performances list and the swiftest swim ever in domestic waters, any nation, all swimmers. The third fastest of five career sub-14:40s marks the first time Paltrinieri has gone that way outside major international competition in his mission to crack the world record and even write a line in history as the first man ever inside 14:30
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