Italy's Benedetta Pilato, 16, Sets New 50m Breaststroke World Record
Italy's 16-year-old Benedetta Pilato set a new world record for the 50m breaststroke in the semi-finals of European Swimming Championships.
Italy's Benedetta Pilato, 16, set a new world record in 50m breaststroke
She clocked 29.30s to better the previous best of 29.40s by Lilly King
50m breaststroke is not a race included in the Olympic Games
Italian teenager Benedetta Pilato set a new world record for the 50m breaststroke in the semi-finals of the European Swimming Championships on Saturday. The 16-year-old clocked 29.30 seconds to better the previous best of 29.40sec set by American Lilly King in 2017. "I didn't think I was capable of this now. I thought maybe I would beat the European record, but not the world record at all," said Pilato.
However, in an effort to dampen expectations, she added: "No, I'm not the (Olympic champion) Adam Peaty of the women's breaststroke."
When she was 14, Pilato won world silver in the event behind King in Gwangju, South Korea, in 2019.