Simone Sabbione Dons Festive Horns For Italian 100 Back Mark At Winter Nationals

Simone Sabbioni and his world-titles debut haircut, courtesy of teammates - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Italy is another nation racing up to the cusp of Christmas but no sign of seasonal fatigue from several key names at winter long-course nationals in Riccione, an Italian record of 53.37 from Simone Sabbione topping the festive mood alongside Luca Dotto’s 48.34 in the 100m freestyle, Gabriele Detti’s 7:49. in the 800m freestyle and a 1:56 from Federica Pellegrini in the 200m freestyle

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Italy is another nation racing up to the cusp of Christmas but no sign of seasonal fatigue from several key names at winter long-course nationals in Riccione, an Italian record of 53.37 from Simone Sabbione topping the festive mood alongside Luca Dotto’s 48.34 in the 100m freestyle, Gabriele Detti’s 7:49. in the 800m freestyle and a 1:56 from Federica Pellegrini in the 200m freestyle

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paolo rubbiani

Great news the recovery of Luca Dotto (different conditions, right, but 48.34 is better than what have swum yesterday the best Brazilian sprinters in Palhoça).
Next year high chances that Sabbioni is going to dip under 53″ in 100 back, so Italian medley relay ( today 51.29 for Rivolta in the fly leg) could be very interesting if Scozzoli will be regaining his best shape.

commonwombat

Paolo, very interesting I do agree. The fight for the minor medals in the M4XMED was extraordinarily tight and a few of the teams that missed the final like ITA should be considerably sharper in 2016.

Like the other men’s relays, very few if any nations will have the leeway of resting many or any of their top guns in the heats as it will be extraordinarily competitive to make the final.

ThereaLuigi

Not sure if Paolo meant to say that Dotto will swim the freestyle leg of the medley relay, but if so, I believe that it will be Orsi instead. Orsi has swam 48.1 in the past and based on his progress in the 50 I believe he might have a 48 flat or even a sub48 in him, flat start. So unless he really underperforms at trials – or Dotto surpasses himself – the spot is going to be his.

Nevertheless, Dotto’s 48.3 bodes well for the 4×100 free relay. With a flying start, that’s a 47something swim. If everyone in the quartet performed at their best they might place well in the final (I dare not say medal, because USA, France, Australia and Brazil seem unsurpassable at the moment)

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