Italian speedster Thomas Ceccon had a session to remember during Day 4 finals at the 2021 European SC Championships in Kazan, breaking a pair of National Records in the men’s 200 IM and 50 butterfly.
Ceccon started things off in the 200 IM final, using a strong freestyle leg to come back and claim the silver medal in a time of 1:52.49, running down countryman Alberto Razzetti (1:52.75) and Hungarian Hubert Kos (1:52.87) in the process.
Ceccon’s time broke his previous Italian Record of 1:53.26, set at the 2018 Italian SC Championships, going slightly faster on all four strokes to get under by more than three-quarters of a second.
Ceccon, December 2018
Ceccon, November 2021
Greece’s Andreas Vazaios won his second straight gold medal in the event in a time of 1:51.70.
Kos broke the European Junior Record, which previously belonged to Ceccon with his 2018 best time.
It was just under two hours later when Ceccon was back in the water in the semi-finals of the men’s 50 fly, winning the first heat in a time of 22.19 to lower the previous Italian Record of 22.47 set by teammate Matteo Rivolta in the prelims.
Prior to Rivolta’s swim in the heats, Ceccon had clocked 22.54, nearly breaking the previous record of 22.50 set by Marco Orsi during the 2021 ISL season. Prior to Orsi, the record belonged to Ceccon at 22.63 from January 2021.
The 20-year-old Ceccon beat Rivolta (22.27) head-to-head in the semi to qualify second overall into the final, trailing Hungarian Szebasztian Szabo, who established a new Championship Record of 22.00.
Ceccon now sits in a tie with Japan’s Takeshi Kawamoto as the 14th-fastest swimmer of all-time.
Ceccon has now won three medals through four days of the championships, adding a gold medal in the men’s 4×50 medley (swimming the heats) and a silver in the men’s 4×50 free, and will have a great chance to add a fourth tomorrow in the 50 fly final.
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