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Italy claims eight medals at INAS European Swimming Championships

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With three days of competition complete in Liberec, Czech Republic and three more to go, Italy has claimed eight medals, with five won by Xenia Francesca Palazzo. She won gold in the women’s 800m freestyle, gold in the women’s 200m freestyle, gold in the women’s 400m individual medley, silver in the women’s 50m freestyle and silver in the women’s 50m butterfly. Other medalists include Kevin Casali who claimed silver in the men’s 400m freestyle, Zichella Daniele Pio won silver in the men’s 100m backstroke and Kathrin Oberhauser won bronze in the women’s 200m backstroke.



Other Italian swimmers participating in the competition include Silvia Corradin who finished finished fourth in the women’s 100m butterfly, fifth in the women’s 50m butterfly and fourth in the 400m freestyle. Rosanna Stufano  posted a fourth place finish in the women’s 200m freestyle, with a time of 02:58,00, well outside gold medalist teammate Palazzo who had a time of 02:26,08. Stufano swam in the 50m women’s breaststroke where she finished sixth, beating out Turkey’s seventh place finisher Sunay Demet Arat by less than two tenths of a second.


Casali also swam in the men’s 100m backstroke where he posted a fifth place finish with a time of 01:18,95, several seconds behind teammate Daniele who had a time of 01:15,94 in the same race.  He also had a sixth place finish in the men’s 100m freestyle.


Oberhauser also swam in the 100m Breaststroke where she posted a fifth place finish with a time of 01:39,15, 22 seconds slower than Spanish gold medalist Michelle Alonso and two seconds faster than teammate Stufano. Oberhauser had a fifth place finish in the 200m individual medley while Corradin finished sixth in the same race. In the 100m backstroke, Oberhauser  posted a fourth place finish, eight seconds away from the bronze medal winning time set by the Czech Republic’s Adéla Míková.


Spain was the only team to participate in the women’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay where they swam a time of 05:10,52 following splits of 0:37,90 / 1:22,28 // 1:59,26 / 2:41,10 // 3:17,32 / 3:58,54 // 4:33,17.  Oberhauser, Stufano, Corradin and Palazzo swam the race.



Laura Hale
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Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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