The Italian women’s 4 × 200m freestyle relay has been officially invited by FINA to compete in the next Tokyo Olympics.
FINA has released an official list of invitations for national Olympic relay races. The list also includes the Italian men’s 4 × 100 mixed relay with a time of 3: 29.93 achieved at the European Championships.
The only change from our constant updates on the team standings is the ability to log in with the wilds cards it is the absence of Greece in the mixed relays. A week ago at the Acropolis Grand Prix, the Greeks swam a 3: 34.61 in the men’s 4 × 100 medley relay. Time placed them ahead of Ireland by 1 cent in the last Wildcard position. Likewise, their 4 × 100 medley relay swam the national record of 3: 45.38 to move into the third Wildcard position.
Now, with the official status, Ireland has qualified the first Olympic relay since 1972.
Invited teams have the option to decline the invitation by 11 June.
QUALIFICATION 4X200 METERS FREE STYLE WOMEN
Italy qualified the women’s 4 × 200 meters freestyle relay during the European Championships in Budapest.
Before the European Championships, there were three nations in the Wildcard seats. Italy led the contingent as the only team under 8 minutes. Turkey occupied the third position, more than 3 seconds behind the Italians. Britain was in fourth position. Three other European countries were vying for the top spots: Belgium, Israel and Spain. After the European championships, Italy with Stefania Pirozzi, Sara Gailli, Simona Quadarella, Federica Pellegrini, gained more than three seconds by moving up to second place in wildcards.
MEN’S 4X100 MIXED METERS QUALIFICATION
The men’s 4 × 100-meter medley relay was not automatically qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, as it did not enter the top 12 at the Gwangju World Championships. (Read our article here)
At the European Championships in Budapest the relay consists of Thomas Ceccon, Nicolo Martinenghi, Federico Burdisso, Alessandro Miressi conquered the bronze. The time of 3: 29.93 is also the new Italian record and qualified the relay for the Games.