Zazz the Polymath Swims One of the Fastest Relay Splits in History in Kazan

Tuesday, November 2nd – Sunday, November 7th
Aquatics Palace, Kazan Russia
SCM (25m)
Day 1 Prelim Recap 
Live results

Lorenzo Zazzeri, whose star first rose to prominence during the pandemic because of his artwork, not his swimming, continues to build a massive athletic resume after swimming one of the fastest short course meters splits in history on Tuesday.

Swimming the 3rd leg of Italy’s 200 free relay, Zazzeri split 20.24. That ties him as the 8th-fastest 50 short course meter freestyle on a relay split since at least 2010*, and as the 6th-best performer in that category.

Fastest 50 SCM Freestyle Splits since at least 2010*:

RANK
TIME
ATHLETE
SWIMMER
COUNTR
Y
MEET NAME
SWIM
DAT
E
LOCATION
CIT
Y

1
20.04
Florent Manaudou
FRA
2014 SC Worlds
12/4/2014
Doha
2
20.08
Cesar Cielo
BRA
2014 SC Worlds
12/4/2014
Doha
3
20.09
Caeleb Dressel
USA
2018 SC Worlds
12/13/2018
Hangzhou
3
20.09
Florent Manaudou
FRA
2019 SC Euros
12/7/2019
Glasgow
5
20.18
Florent Manaudou
FRA
2012 SC Euros
11/22/2012
Chartres
6
20.2
Ari-Pekka Liukkonen
FIN
2015 SC Euros
12/2/2015
Netanya
7
20.22
Evgeny Rylov
RUS
2018 SC Worlds
12/15/2018
Hangzhou
8
20.24
Vladimir Morozov
RUS
2017 SC Euros
12/17/2017
Copenhagen
8
2024
Lorenzo Zazzeri
ITA
2021 SC Euros
11/2/2021
Kazan
10
20.25
Ryan Held
USA
2018 SC Worlds
12/14/2018
Hangzhou

Note: there were some sub-20 second splits in 2008 and 2009 during the super-suit era, including two on the same French relay in 2008: Amaury Leveaux split 19.93 and Fred Bousquet split 19.87. FINA never ratified the World Record setting relay that those splits were swum in, because of the suits that were being worn at the time, so do we count the splits? That’s probably a personal decision.

Most of the names ahead of Zazzeri on that list carry substantially more weight than he does. Manaudou, Cielo, and Dressel are all Olympic gold medalists in the 50 free and current or former World Record holders. Rylov is the defending Olympic gold medalist in both the 100 and 200 backstrokes, while Liukkonen is the defending European Champion in the 50 free in long course.

Based on splits of that relay alone (both rolling starts and flat starts), and Zazzeri’s modestly-fast reaction time of .19, that puts him in line for his first major international gold medal later in the meet in the individual 50 free, where he’s the 17th seed.

Zazzeri has lots of minor medals from major meets in his trophy case, including a silver medal from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics where his 47.31 split on Italy’s 400 free relay was their fastest.

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