Gregorio Paltrinieri Won Gold In 2017, But What About 2019 World University Games?

Courtesy of WOWSA, Taiwan.

2016 Olympic 1500m champion Gregorio Paltrinieri is one of the favorites at the upcoming 10 km swim in South Korea’s FINA World Championships.

He is also a pre-race favorite to become a Olympic 10K Marathon Swim qualifier.

Two years ago, he swam a great race at the 2017 Summer Universiade in New Taipei City Breeze Canal, Taiwan where he won gold.

He was joined on the podium on the women’s side by Hungarian Anna Olasz.

But there will be no Paltrinieri or Olasz at the 2019 Summer Universiade (World University Games) at Napoli, Italy – because there is no open water swimming event on the schedule.

Steven Munatones said, “At the 2013 Universiade in Kazan, Russia and at the 2015 Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea, there were very competitive 10 km marathon swimming competitions.  Same with the 2017 Universiade in Taiwan [see results below].  But nothing is scheduled in the open water in Napoli, Italy – this is unfortunate, especially because of the long history of open water swimming in Napoli, the location of the long-running, professionally run Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli.”

But in the era when open water swimming competitions were previously held at the Summer Universiade, winners like Paltrinieri said, “I’ve achieved extraordinary results in my life, but I don’t stop dreaming.”  His dream is to be successful in both in the pool and open water – and he is well on his way to achieve the Mellouli Double at the 2019 FINA World Championships and possibly at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Similarly, Anna Olasz, a student at Arizona State University in the USA, was extremely happy after her 2017 strong victory at the 2017 Summer Universiade held in the New Taipei City Breeze Canal.

The then Hungarian 23-year-old Olympian won the 10 km marathon swim in the calm water that was measured at 30°C at 5 am, an hour before the scheduled 6 am start.


2017 Universiade 10 km Female Results:
Anna Olasz (Hungary) 2:04:12.2
Giulia Gabrielleschi (Italy) 2:04:17.9
Adeline Furst (France) 2:04:23.1
Viviane Eichelberger Jungblut (Brazil) 2:04:39.3
Onon Katalin Somenek (Hungary) 2:04:40.8
Barbara Pozzobon (Italy) 2:04:42.8
Yukimi Moriyama (Japan) 2:04:49.5
Mariia Novikova (Russia) 2:05:05.0
Svenja Theresa Zihsler (Germany) 2:05:12.6
10 Joanna Zachoszcz (Poland) 2:05:32.7
11 Olga Kozydub (Russia) 2:06:49.0
12 Minami Niikura (Japan) 2:06:49.1
13 Lenka Šterbova (Czech Republic) 2:14:51.2
14 Betina Martins Lorscheitter (Brazil) 2:14:52.4
15 Xeniya Romanchuk (Kazakhstan) 2:15:45.2
DNF Samantha Jean Winward (New Zealand)
DNF Justyna Dorota Burska (Poland)
DNS Kareena Jane Lee (Australia)
DNS Jade Dusablon (Canada)
DNS Lauren Teghtsoonian (Canada)
DNS Martina Elhenicka (Czech Republic)
DNS Alice Georgina Dearing (Great Britain)
DNS Sasha-Lee Da Ro Nordengen-Corris (South Africa)

2017 Universiade 10 km Male Results:
Gregorio Paltrinieri (Italy) 1:54:52.4
Soeren Detlef Meissner (Germany) 1:55:01.5
Krzysztof Pawel Pielowski (Poland) 1:55:19.6
Allan Do Carmo (Brazil) 1:55:24.2
Kirill Belyaev (Russia) 1:57:06.8
Vitaliy Khudyakov (Kazakhstan) 1:57:13.6
Victor Hugo Ribeiro Colonese (Brazil) 1:57:15.2
Taiki Nonaka (Japan) 1:57:20.3
Roman Kozhevnikov (Russia) 1:57:21.9
10 Pepijn Maxime Smits (Netherlands) 1:58:21.2
11 Márk Papp (Hungary) 2:00:25.4
12 Cheng Chi Cho (Chinese Taipei) 2:00:25.5
13 Matej Kozubek (Czech Republic) 2:01:49.5
14 Yosuke Aoki (Japan) 2:01:50.0
15 Vit Ingeduld (Czech Republic) 2:01:54.0
16 Shahar Resman (Israel) 2:05:37.5
17 Kenessary Kenenbayev (Kazakhstan) 2:12:15.6
18 Cristofer Danie Lanuza Segura (Costa Rica) 2:16:34.9
OTL Aleem Stephon Mohammed (Trinidad and Tobago)
DNF Andrea Manzi (Italy)
DNF Alin Alexandru Artimon (Romania)
DNS Oliver Campbell Signorini (Australia)
DNS Kai Graeme Edwards (Australia)
DNS Philippe Guertin
DNS Eric Hedlin
DNS Tobias Patrick Robinson (Great Britain)
DNS Musallam Abdullah Al Khadhuri (Oman)

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