In the shorter distances a British treble was in an arm’s reach but the 100m crown landed in Italy as a new young rocket Alessandro Miressi managed to beat Duncan Scott by 0.22sec (his 46.99 effort on the opening day in the 4x100m free relay forecasted this somewhat). Scott consoled himself with the triumph in the 200m, swimming in lane 8 he stunned the others by touching in first. Compatriot Ben Proud added the dash to the Brit tally on the closing day.
In the ‘upper’ distances Ukraine’s Mykhaylo Romanchuk looked for a triple as well after winning the 400m on the opening day. He needed to keep Gregorio Paltrinieri at bay in the 1500m, something no man was capable of since 2013 in long-course meets. Romanchuk did it, however he had to settle for silver as Germany’s Florian Wellbrock upset him by posting the third fastest time in history (14:36.15). Romanchuk later collected a second gold in the 800m, again ahead of Paltrinieri, this time Wellbrock came second.