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Italian Open Championships: Olympic pass for Lisa Angiolini in the 100 breaststroke and Leonardo Deplano in the 50 freestyle


The big star of the first day of the Italian Open Swimming Championships was Lisa Angiolini.

In the pool at Riccione's Stadio del Nuoto, the 28-year-old from Poggibonsi (photo ANSA) qualified for the final of the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1'06"89, then won the national title by triumphing in the final with a time of 1'06"00. The latter allowed her to celebrate to the fullest: the Italian qualified for Paris 2024. It will be her first participation in the Olympic Games.

Then came Leonardo Deplano. The 24-year-old from Florence recorded 21"96 and entered the final of the 50 freestyle. In the evening, he clinched the title of Italian champion with a time of 21”93 seconds, securing his qualification for Paris 2024 based on his performance of 21”81 seconds in the semi-final at the World Championships in Doha (within the time limit of 21”8 seconds), a time that remained unmatched in the final. This will also mark his Olympic debut.

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