Wednesday, 13 April 2011
Federica Pellegrini - 4:03.49 - 400 Free - Italian Swimming Championships
Once again the readers of Speed Endurance Swimming Blog have demonstrated their outstanding swimming knowledge. Hours after voting closed in the 400 Free poll, where Rebecca Adlington had a late surge to beat Federica Pellegrini by a single vote, the same situation played itself out in an Italian pool.
On Day One at Italian Championships, Pellegrini was victorious in the 400 Free with an impressive 4:03.49. Although the time is slower than Adlington's 4:02.84 from British Nationals, and down on Pellegrini's best time of 2010 (4:03.12), it still ranks as the third fastest time since the tech-suit ban.
Pellegrini was ahead of Adlington's pace for 350m but did not have the same closing speed as Britain's Olympic Champion (final 50 splits: FP-30.31/RA-29.55)
Pellegrini: 59.43, 2:00.83, 3:02.37, 4:03.49
Adlington: 59.67, 2:01.77, 3:02.88, 4:02.84
This just adds to an already intriguing rivalry. The Italian clearly has more speed than Adlington, but doesn't possess the same level of endurance. The 400 Free matches the two up perfectly. This event in Shanghai with Chloe Sutton, Katie Hoff, Kylie Palmer, Bronte Barratt, Yiwen Shao and Camille Muffat also in the mix will be one of the races of the Championships.
One point to remember, Adlington had some domestic competition, notably from Jaz Carlin. Pellegrini was eight and a half seconds clear of the rest in her race.