Gregorio Paltrinieri Wins 10km Open Water Days After Rattling 1500 Mark

Elwanda Tulloch

Gregorio Paltrinieri continued his fine form as he won the 10km open water at the Campionato Italiano Assoluto days after rattling Sun Yang‘s world record in the 1500 free with the second-fastest swim in history.

Arianna Bridi won the women’s race in the first event of the championships at which the opening two days are being held at Piombino with Marina di Grosseto staging the 5km races on Friday.

Paltrinieri, who lowered his own 1500m European record to 14:33.10 at the Sette Colli in Rome last Thursday, enjoyed an emphatic win in the open water in 1:52.09.7.

Photo Courtesy: Italian Swimming Federation

Olympic bronze medallist Marc-Antoine Olivier was 14.2secs

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Dannevirke Badminton Club wins Packer Tournament

Elwanda Tulloch

The Dannevirke Sports Stadium on Saturday August 8 was a place of much exertion and sweat as adult pairs attempted to direct by means of pace and guile a small shuttlecock so that their opposition could not return it.

Yes, it was once again the Packer Tournament in which three clubs compete for the Packer Trophy in a doubles competition. The clubs are Feilding, Monrad from Palmerston North and Dannevirke and they have been competing for many years, having Pahiatua as a fourth member until the club folded.

It is a rather unusual tournament because you can compete for a club if you have played for it before, even if you belong to another now, so on tournament day a club is never quite sure how many players it has.

On the Saturday 16 men and 14 women competed, playing men’s and women’s doubles in the morning and mixed doubles

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