Alessandro Miressi claimed two medals and set a new Italian record as European athletes impressed on day three of the 2022 FINA Swimming World Championships (25m) in Melbourne.
Miressi, who won the 100m freestyle final at last year’s edition in Abu Dhabi, UAE, impressed in Australia despite claiming bronze, as his time of 45.57 seconds was a new personal and national best time in the event.
It saw him claim the final spot on the podium behind world record holder Kyle Chalmers and runner-up Maxime Grousset of France.
Romanian star David Popovici was fourth in his first World short course final, lowering the world junior record for the second time in two days with a new personal best of 45.64 secs.
Miressi later returned to join the Italian team-mates Leonardo Deplano, Thomas Ceccon and Manuel Frigo for the 4x50m freestyle relay.
The quartet finished second, behind the USA, with the Netherlands claiming bronze.
The Dutch squad enjoyed an impressive evening in the pool, with the women’s 4x50m freestyle line up also claiming third in their event – behind USA and Canada.
There were also several individual successes for the nation to celebrate.
Marrit Steenbergen, a break through star of the LEN Roma 2022 Europeans where she won seven medals, took 100m freestyle bronze behind Olympic medallists Emma McKeon (Australia) and Siobhan Haughey (Hong Kong)
National record holder Tes Schouten was upgraded from bronze to silver in the women’s 100m breaststroke after Lithuanian World and European champion Ruta Meilutyte was disqualified for an extra butterfly leg-kick at the start of the race.
“When I touched the board I didn’t know what to think,” she said after the race.
“I was trying to look at the lights on the blocks and I thought I wasn’t even getting a medal, so I’m really happy.”
Germany’s Anna Elendt took a revised 100m breaststroke bronze.
The men’s event saw a host of major stars go head-to-head and while FINA World Cup champion Nic Fink of USA took the title, Italian Nicolo Martinenghi took a strong silver.
“It’s not my best race, it felt a bit tough and yesterday I was more confident in the water, but it’s ok,” said the long course World champion.
“It’s the silver like last year (Abu Dhabi 2021) and there are worse things than a medal, so I cannot be unhappy with this result.”
Britain’s Olympic champion Adam Peaty claimed bronze in his first race since the Commonwealth Games in August, after taking time away from the sport to full heal following a broken foot injury sustained in March.