Yesterday, the 37th annual Italian summer para-swimming national championships concluded in Bari. 179 swimmers, 106 men and 73 women, participated. They represented 54 total clubs from 16 different regions of Italy.
Twenty-seven year old Arjola Trimi the women’s 50 meter S1-S6 freestyle race, in the first final of the competition. She went to finish first in the women’s 100 meter S1-S6 freestyle race in a time of 1’33″59. The women’s 50 meter S1-S5 backstroke was won by Gloria Boccanera, a thirty-five year old S2 classified swimmer from ASD Accademia del Nuoto Marino.
The women’s 50 meter S7-S13 freestyle was won by S8 classified Immacolata Cerasuolo, with a time of 0’37″54. S11 classified Martina Rabbolini won the women’s 100 meter S7-S13 freestyle with a time of 1’22″35, two seconds faster than second place S7 Arianna Talamona and four seconds faster than Cerasuolo.
The women’s 100 meter S1-2/S6-S13 backstroke race was won by Rabbolini, her second gold medal of the competition. Rabbolini then went on to win her then first place finish of the competition in the women’s 100 meter SB4-SB13 breaststroke race with a time of 1’38″56. The G.S. DIL. Non Vedenti Milano swimmer who is only sixteen years old competed against only one other vision impaired swimmer in the final, SB12 classified Luigia Vivenzio who finished fourth with a time of 1’47″90. The second place finisher in the women’s 100 meter SB4-SB13 breaststroke race was SB4 classified swimmer Giulia Ghiretti who had a time of 2’03″85.
Antonio Cavaliere won the men’s 50 meter S1-S6 freestyle race. The swimmer from ASD Sporting Club Flegreo swam the race in 0’37″19. He duplicated that fete, winning the men’s 100 meter S1-S6 freestyle race, with a time of 1’21″83. The men’s 50 meter S7-S13 freestyle and men’s 100 meter S7-S13 freestyle race were won by twenty-one year old S12 classified swimmer Fabrizio Sottile.
S5 classified Andrea Castagneto won the men’s 50 meter S1-S5 backstroke in a time of 0’49″3, almost 6 seconds faster than the next fastest S5 classified swimmer. The men’s 100 meter S1-2/S6-S13 backstroke race was won by twenty-eight year old S10 classified swimmer Simone Ciulli. The men’s 100 meter SB4-SB13 breaststroke race was won by SB8 classified swimmer Federico Morlacchi. The men’s 50 meter S3-S7 butterfly race was won by Valerio Taras.
Because different classifications were competing against each other, the results were factored to arrive at the result. In the S7 – S13 group, there were swimmers with physical disabilities competing against swimmers with varying levels of vision impairments, and the fastest time may not have won the race.
Unlike past years, two deaf athletes participated as representatives of the Deaf Sports Federation Italy. There was the first meeting of the “Diventa campione Dis-Inail”, a group for sports competitors who have a disability as a result of a work-related accident.