Spanish Championships: Two Spanish Records Fall, Including Nine-Year-Old Men’s 400 IM

MAJORCA, Spain, April 4. A pair of Spanish records fell during the second day of swimming at the Spanish Championships held in Majorca.

Melanie Costa Schmid opened the evening with a national record in the women's 200 free. She nearly became the first woman from the country to dip under 1:59 when she hit the pad in 1:59.12. That performance cleared the previous record of 1:59.82 set by Maria Fuster at the European Championships last month. Fuster, meanwhile, took second in 2:00.91.

Javier Nunez Molano ended the night like it started, with a national record. Nunez Molano became the first sub-4:17 Spaniard in the men's 400 IM when he stopped the clock in 4:16.98. That time wiped out the 4:17.16 set by Frederik Hviid Kohler way back in 1999.

That leaves only the following Spanish records set before the turn of the century:
7-20-1990 – 200 breast – Sergio Lopez – 2:12.24
8-21-1991 – 800 free relay – 7:26.98
11-23-1991 – 200 back – Martin Lopez-Zubero – 1:56.57
11-23-1991 – 200 IM – Martin Lopez-Zubero – 2:01.09

Gabriel Mangabeira dropped under 53 seconds in the men's 100 fly as he crushed the meet record with a winning readout of 52.85. The previous meet standard had been a 54.21 set by Rafael Munoz Perez last year, while Munoz Perez' national record of 52.09 remained firm.

In the men's 200 free, Miguel Payeras Biayna touched out Albert Medrano Arjona, 1:50.15 to 1:50.30, while national-record holder Olaf Wildeboer Faber and Jose Antonio Alonso Tellez tied for third with matching 1:50.64s.

The women's 100 fly came down to a close call as Maria Pelaez Navarrete won in 1:01.20 with Tatiana Rouba Bieniarz finishing second in 1:01.47.

Javiera Salcedo won the women's 50 breast in 33.04, just in front of Vasiliki Kavanrou of Greece, who placed second in 33.21. Meanwhile, national-record holder Borja Iradier claimed the men's 50 breast title in 28.47. The time fell short of his Spanish standard of 28.18 set a year ago.

Eider Santamaria Marin walked away with the women's 1500 free title with a time of 16:40.45.

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