Swimming: Italy records medal count in Acerenza, Partrinieri – English

(ANSA) – ROME, August 22 – Italy won gold at the European Swimming Championships in Rome on Sunday for the 4x1250m team led by Domenico Acerenza in 10k open water swimming and multi-medalist Gregorio Paltrinieri. It ended with a record amount of medals won.

The Azzurri won 24 gold medals and won 14 gold medals, ahead of Great Britain and Ukraine with 10 each.

Italy ended up winning a total of 67 medals, ahead of GB’s 27.

It was the first Euro without swimming queen Federica Pellegrini, who said before the event in the Italian capital, “We are the strongest team ever.”

Italy’s total medal tally is 67, 23 more than the 44 at the last European Championships in Budapest last year.

More than half of this year’s medals are in swimming, with Thomas Ceccon in 13, winning four golds and two silvers.

Diver Chiara Perakani followed with five medals: two gold, one silver and two bronze.

Paltrinieri and synchro star Giorgio Minisini scored four podiums, while Supergregg took three golds and one silver.

Minisini won the first-ever men’s synchronized swimming event at the official international level.

“Our athletes are international models,” said Paolo Barelli, president of the Italian Swimming Federation (FIN).

A total of 67 medals included 35 in swimming, 12 in synchro, 12 in diving, 6 in open water and 2 in high diving.

“Everything bodes very well for[the next Summer Olympics]in Paris in 2024,” Barelli said (ANSA).

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