Mario Sanzullo (left) with Gregorio Paltrinieri after both men qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in photo courtesy of Rafael Domeyko

Gregorio Paltrinieri Heading To Tokyo From 1.5 To 10
Courtesy of FINA, Yeosu EXPO Ocean Park, Gwangju, South Korea. Gregorio Paltrinieri did not win the 2019 FINA World Championships 10 km marathon swim, but he set the pace in the beginning and is setting himself up to complete the Mellouli Double in Tokyo next year. His sixth place finish qualifies him to compete in the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games 10 km race – that will follow his attempt to defend his Olympic gold medal in the 1500m freestyle. The Italian is the least experienced of the top 10 qualifiers, but he more than makes up for it with his speed and endurance. So did lots of top European swimmers.  Similar to the Germans and French, the Italian team also qualified two athletes: Gregorio Paltrinieri and Mario Sanzullo in 6th and 9th places respectively. Paltrinieri made it a race from the beginning.  As silver medalist Marc-Antoine Olivier said, “It was really a very difficult race.  We have rarely had races like this.  [Paltrinieri] put a very hard rhythm from the beginning. I tried to put my tactics in place, but it was really very difficult. Men’s 10 km Olympic Qualification Race Results:
  1. Florian Wellbrock (Germany) 1:47:55.90
  2. Marc-Antoine Olivier (France) 1:47:56.10
  3. Rob Muffels (Germany) 1:47:57.40
  4. Kristóf Rasovszky (Hungary) 1:47:59.50
  5. Jordan Wilimovsky (USA) 1:48:01.00
  6. Gregorio Paltrinieri (Italy) 1:48:01.00
  7. Ferry Weertman (Netherlands) 1:48:01.90
  8. Alberto Martinez (Spain) 1:48:02.20
  9. Mario Sanzullo (Italy) 1:48:04.70
  10. David Aubry (France) 1:48:05.10
  11. Esteban Enderica Salgado (Ecuador) 1:48:07.30
  12. Jack Burnell (Great Britain) 1:48:09.90
  13. Athanasios Charalampos Kynigakis (Greece) 1:48:15.40
  14. Kai Graeme Edwards (Australia) 1:48:16.20
  15. Logan Vanhuys (Belgium) 1:48:17.50
  16. Matej Kozubek (Czech Republic) 1:48:19.10
  17. Han-Li Fan (Canada) 1:48:21.10
  18. Tobias Patrick Robinson (Great Britain) 1:48:23.50
  19. Kirill Abrosimov (Russia) 1:48:55.90
  20. Matan Roditi (Israel) 1:48:59.60
  21. Nicholas Sloman (Australia) 1:49:22.70
  22. Evgenii Drattcev (Russia) 1:49:37.40
  23. Chad Ho (South Africa) 1:49:37.90
  24. Jon Thomas McKay (Canada) 1:49:43.70
  25. David Heron (USA) 1:49:57.60
  26. Krzysztof Pielowski (Poland) 1:50:02.80
  27. Daniel Szekelyi (Hungary) 1:50:11.30
  28. Guillem Pujol (Spain) 1:50:11.60
  29. Jiabao An (China) 1:50:14.00
  30. Danie Marais (South Africa) 1:50:14.20
  31. David Castro (Ecuador) 1:50:14.40
  32. Phillip Seidler (Nambia) 1:50:14.40
  33. Allan do Carmo (Brazil) 1:50:14.70
  34. Victor Johansson (Sweden) 1:50:14.80
  35. Victor Colonese (Brazil) 1:50:15.20
  36. Diego Vera (Venezuela) 1:50:15.60
  37. Elliot Sodemann (Sweden) 1:50:16.00
  38. Ous Mellouli (Tunisia) 1:50:21.00
  39. Takeshi Toyoda (Japan) 1:50:22.00
  40. Santiago Arteta (Argentina) 1:50:24.10
  41. Vit Ingeduld (Czech Republic) 1:50:24.90
  42. Rafael Gil (Portugal) 1:50:27.30
  43. Yuval Safray (Israel) 1:50:34.20
  44. David Brandl (Austria) 1:51:26.30
  45. Taiki Nonaka (Japan) 1:51:35.30
  46. Joaquin Moreno (Argentina) 1:51:45.70
  47. Aflah Fadlan Prawira (Indonesia) 1:52:33.80
  48. Tamas Farkas (Serbia) 1:52:36.70
  49. Tiago Campost (Portugal) 1:52:39.30
  50. Arturo Perez Vertti Ferrer (Mexico) 1:52:42.60
  51. Evgenij Pop Acev (Macedonia) 1:52:43.00
  52. Igor Chervynskiy (Ukraine) 1:52:45.20
  53. Seokhyun Park (Korea) 1:52:47.60
  54. Junbohang Zhao (China) 1:52:52.70
  55. Wilder Carreno (Venezuela) 1:52:53.50
  56. Marwan Elamrawy (Egypt) 1:54:40.80
  57. Fernando Betanzos (Mexico) 1:56:07.90
  58. Mathieu Mathy Ben Rahou (Morocco) 1:56:07.90
  59. Jaehun Park (Korea) 1:56:41.40
  60. Lev Cherepanov (Kazakhstan) 1:58:04.40
  61. William Yan Thorley (Hong Kong) 1:59:36.80
  62. Rodrigo Caballero (Bolivia) 1:59:41.50 64.
  63. Chin Ting Keith Sin (Hong Kong) 2:00:21.90
  64. Tomas Peciart (Slovakia) 2:00:24.20
  65. Maximiliano Paccot (Uruguay) 2:00:24.50
  66. Damien Payet (Seychelles) 2:00:27.60
  67. Tanakrit Kittiyat (Thailand) 2:00:37.10
  68. Sushrut Suryakant Kapse (India) 2:03:25.90
  69. Santiago Reyes (Guatemala) 2:08:27.50
  70. Zedheir Torrez (Bolivia) 2:08:27.70
  71. Siwat Matangkapong (Thailand) 2:09:32.80
  72. Rinel Pius (Estonia) 2:09:56.00
  73. Cristofer Lanuza (Costa Rica) 2:10:16.80
  74. Alain Vidot (Seychelles) OLT
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