Gregorio Paltrinieri Achieves The Mellouli Double

Gregorio Paltrinieri Achieves The Mellouli Double

Gregorio Paltrinieri pulled off a Mellouli Double with a silver medal in the 800m freestyle and a bronze medal in today’s 10 km marathon swim in Odaiba Marine Park at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the 29.3°C water (84.7°F).

Florian Wellbrock clearly dominated the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim in an aggressive fashion,I was surprised at what speed Florian took out this race, he was on another planet today.”

Paltrinieri was admittedly more earthly, “For me it was tough. I didn’t arrive here in the best condition because of an infection that I had the last month, so I knew it was pretty tough for me to compete with these guys. But I’m on the podium so that’s all right and I am very happy because these have been two difficult months for me. My training was severely affected. I could have easily missed the opportunity to compete at the Olympics. However, I really gave my best at each of the races and I am very happy with the result. I was sure that I would struggle a bit today, but you always have to struggle.

With his Mellouli Double, Patrinieri was naturally asked the difference between the pool and open water, “Which is tougher, pool races or open water races?  I think it’s a good question, but I really don’t have an answer. Competition is tough in all distances. The 1500 has always been my strength, but in Tokyo it was my most difficult race.

Years go by and younger guys are coming into the discipline. I don’t think there are new things that I need to do, as I hope I can continue to do what I am used to. I will take a month rest and start again in September, and I will focus on what I need to do, and perhaps I will focus on another Olympics.”

Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Results:

Gold: Florian Wellbrock (Germany, 23) 1:48:33.70
Silver: Kristóf Rasovszky (Hungary, 24) 1:48:59.00
Bronze: Gregorio Paltrinieri (Italy, 26) 1:49:01.10
4. Matan Roditi (Israel, 22) 1:49:24.90
5. Athanasios Kynigakis (Greece, 22) 1:49:29.20
6. Marc-Antoine Olivier (France, 25) 1:50:23.00
7. Ferry Weertman (Netherlands, 29) 1:51:30.80
8. Michael McGlynn (South Africa, 21) 1:51:32.70
9. Hau-Li Fan (Canada, 23) 1:51:37.00
10. Jordan Wilimovsky (USA, 27) 1:51:40.20
11. Rob Muffels (Germany, 26) 1:53:03.30
12. Kai Graeme Edwards (Australia, 22) 1:53:04.00
13. Taishin Minamide (Japan, 25) 1:53:07.50
14. Mario Sanzullo (Italy, 28) 1:53:08.60
15. David Farinango (Ecuador, 20) 1:53:09.80
16. Phillip Seidler (Namibia, 23) 1:53:14.10
17. Daniel Delgadillo (Mexico, 31) 1:53:14.40
18. Alberto Martinez (Spain, 23) 1:53:16.50
19. Kirill Abrosimov (Russian Olympic Committee, 29) 1:54:29.30
20. Ous Mellouli (Tunisia, 37) 1:56:33.30
21. Vitaliy Khudyakov (Kazakhstan, 26) 1:57:53.70
22. William Yan Thorley (Hong Kong, 18) 1:58:33.40
23. Tiago Campos (Portugal, 22) 1:59:42.00
24. Matej Kozubek (Czech Republic, 25) 2:01:52.10
DNF Hector Thomas Cheal Pardoe (Great Britain, 20)
DNF David Aubry (France, 24)

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