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

Italy’s Nuoto Pushes #stopolympics

Courtesy of Nuoto, Italy.

With Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri, Mario Sanzullo and Rachele Bruni having an excellent opportunity to medal in the men’s and women’s 2020 Tokyo Olympics 10 km marathon swim, the Olympic hopes of their Italian fans and supporters was riding high going.

However, with the coronavirus pandemic rapidly impacting the sports world from FINA to the NBA, Italy’s Olympic podium hopefuls are experiencing difficulties in finding places to train.

In response to the situation with a sense of fairness, Nuoto.com’s Editor in Chief Federico Gross launched a #stopolympics campaign support a 1-2 year delay in hosting the Tokyo Olympics Games. In order to manage the coronavirus pandemic and allow athletes to deal with the ongoing situation, Gross makes his appeal (English translation provided by Martina Marraro), “Many Italian swimmers are riding all over the country desperately looking for a place to train. It’s an unsafe and unfair situation, that soon will replicate in whole Europe, America, Oceania. We firmly believe that the sport must stop worldwide now, helping the health organizations to defeat the Covid-19 pandemic. So we launched the campaign #stopolympics.

Paltrinieri has the very real potential to achieve the Mellouli Double in Tokyo – medaling in both the 1500m freestyle and the 10 km marathon swim in Odaiba Marine Park.

Paltrinieri won the gold medal in the 1500m freestyle at the 2016 Rio Olympics and finished 6th in the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim qualifying race at the 2019 FINA World Championships.


Paltrinieri has the speed and endurance to win gold in the flat, warm water of Tokyo Bay,” says Steven Munatones. “Odaiba Marine Park is about as close to pool conditions as you can get which gives Paltrinieri a boost even if his actual open water swimming experience is not a deep as his top competitors. But he has Olympic experience and his gold medal in 2016 proves that he can come through under Olympic pressure.

Additionally, Mario Sanzullo has years of racing experience against all the world’s fastest swimmers.

Mario could also medal with the race of his life.

And their teammate, Rachele Bruni, the silver 10 km medalist from 2016, is also a pre-race medal favorite on the women’s side.”

For more information on Nuoto.com’s #stopolympics campaign, visit here.

2019 FINA World Championships 10 km Olympic Qualification Race Top 10 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

2019 FINA World Championships 10 km Olympic Qualification Race Top 10 Results:
1. Xin Xin (China) 1:54:47.20
2. Haley Anderson (USA) 1:54:48.10
3. Rachele Bruni (Italy) 1:54:49.90
4. Lara Grangeon (France) 1:54:50.00
5. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil) 1:54:50.50
6. Ashley Twichell (USA) 1:54:50.50
7. Kareena Lee (Australia) 1:54:50.50
8. Finnia Wunram (Germany) 1:54:50.70
9. Leonie Beck (Germany) 1:54:51.00
10. Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands) 1:54:51.10

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