Miressi, Ceccon, Zazzeri and Frigo set the new Italian record and climb the podium behind the USA. Bronze to Australia
The Men’s 4×100 freestyle writes a piece of Italian sports history a Tokyo. The quartet consisting of Alessandro Miressi, Thomas Ceccon, Lorenzo Zazzeri and Manuel Frigo in fact he obtains thesilver, marking the record italiano in 3’10 ”11: it is the first Italian Olympic medal in the fast relay in the history of the Olympics. Gold goes to the United States in 3’08 “97, bronze to Australia in 3’10” 22.
A day full of satisfactions for Italian swimming in Tokyo. After Nicolò Martinenghi’s bronze in the 100m breaststroke, the Italian national team also celebrates the historic silver medal in the men’s 4×100 freestyle. The quartet made up of Alessandro Miressi, Thomas Ceccon, Lorenzo Zazzeri and Manuel Frigo stops the clock at 3’10 ”11, a new Italian record, and takes second Olympic place behind the United States and ahead of Australia.
Having arrived with the best time of the semifinals, Italy starts well with Miressi, who turns 50 meters in third position and takes over just behind the USA, France and Russia. Ceccon controls and remains in the wake in the first pool, then overtakes the second Russian fractionist and touches just 33 cents from first place. Zazzeri continues the work and even approaches the United States, allowing our relay to start the last fraction in second position at 20 cents from gold, with the surprising Canada following. While the US ran away, Frigo showed off a great performance and took off on his pursuers in the first 50 meters, to then resist Australia’s great comeback and defend a historic silver medal. The United States, in front, finish with an excellent 3’08 ”97, but the Azzurri improve the Italian record set in the semifinals (with Santo Condorelli in place of Ceccon).
For Italy it is an unforgettable day: never had a 4×100 freestyle, male or female, climbed on an Olympic podium. Meanwhile, the blue medal table of this edition is updated again: the medals, with this second silver, become seven.
“WE WRITTEN THE STORY”
“We have written a page of history”. The joy of the Azzurri in the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay to the microphones of the Rai. “We were really good”, says Alessandro Miressi. “We were very convinced of having a great race”, echoes Lorenzo Zazzeri. “For me it was unthinkable to be here. When I see it, I’ll believe it,” says Manuel Frigo. “It is not something every day”, the final thought of Thomas Ceccont, who shortly before had taken part in the semifinals of the 100 backstroke.
MALAGO ‘: “LEGENDARS”
“Two very heavy medals. If we could somehow expect Nicolò Martinenghi’s one, the silver one of the 4×100 freestyle is legendary. All five guys were very good, even Santo Condorelli who made his contribution in the drums. and the strength with which they have always remained there is impressive. Congratulations to all of them and to the Fin “. Thus the president of Coni, Giovanni Malagò, intercepted at the Acquatic Center in Tokyo, comments on the silver of the 4×100 freestyle relay and the bronze of Niccolo ‘Martinenghi in the 100 breaststroke.
Tokyo 2020 Olympics
Tokyo 2020, swimming: Nicolò Martinenghi bronze in the 100 breaststroke