RICCIONE, Italy, June 30. ALBERTO Montini was the highlight of the Italian Masters long course championships last week, nearly taking down his world record in the 200 breaststroke.
Montini, 46, posted a 2:24.63 in the 200 breast, just missing out on his world mark in the 45-49 age group of 2:24.39 from May 2013. Montini was less than a second ahead of his record pace at 100 meters but fell a little behind at the 150 and rallied too late to beat the record.
Montini also owns the world record for the 40-44 age group in the long course 200 breast with a 2:18.94 from 2009.
Montini told Swimming World he was happiest with his swims in the 200 and 400 individual medley events, breaking national records in both. He swam a 2:15.07 in the 200 IM to break the national record of 2:16.09, and a 4:48.36 in the 400 IM that shattered the national record of 4:57.54. He still has a long way to reach Nicolas Granger’s world records in those events. Granger’s 200 IM world record stands at an incredible 2:11.22, while his 400 IM mark of 4:44.76 seems unapproachable.
Race footage, Montini’s 200 IM
A total of 31 Masters national records fell in Riccione last week. Click here to see the full records list.