Martinenghi Goes 59.10 For His Third-Fastest 100Br; Pellegrini And Toussaint Shine In Geneva

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Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The 54th Geneva International Challenge ended with Nicolo Martinenghi swimming the third-fastest 100 breaststroke of his career in 59.10 and Federica Pellegrini wrapping up the 100-200 free double.

Martinenghi split 27.71/31.39 to lower the meet mark of 59.36 set by Arno Kamminga in the morning heats.

Kamminga, the third-fastest man in history over 100 with a time of 58.43, was second in 59.21.

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Nicolo Martinenghi; Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Martinenghi’s time ranks behind only his PB of 58.75 at the Italian Winter Championships in December and the 59.01 from the 2017 World Junior Championships which still stands a WJR.

He now has three of the four fastest times in Italian history with Fabio Scozzoli‘s 2019 effort of 59.05 ranking third.

It concluded a fine competition for Martinenghi who had swum his second-fastest 50br on Saturday and by extension the second fastest by an Italian.

The 21-year-old posted a time of 26.68, 0.12secs outside his national record of 26.56 set in December.

Kamminga was second – 0.78secs adrift – in 27.46 with Alessandro Pinzuti rounding out the podium (27.59).

The three-time European short-course champion ended the meet with gold in the 200br in a meet mark of 2:09.35 and silver in the 50 and 100 behind Martinenghi.

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Federica Pellegrini: Photo Courtesy: Mine Kasapoglu / ISL

Pellegrini, the 2008 Olympic 200fr champion had won the 100fr on Saturday in 55.35 ahead of Marrit Steenbergen (55.53) who led home her Netherlands team-mate Kira Toussaint (55.74).

It was the same finishing order over four lengths on Sunday with the Italian winning in 1:59.07 ahead of Steenbergen (2:01.66).

Pellegrini also won the 200 back (2:13.45) and finished second over 50 free, 0.01 behind Algeria’s Amel Melih who set a meet mark of 26.04.

Nils Liess won the men’s 200fr in 1:48.83.

Toussaint lowered the 100 back meet mark of 1:00.50 in Sunday’s heats to 59.85, splitting 29.17/30.68, ahead of countrywoman Maaike De Waard (1:03.41).

It rounded off a successful meet which also saw her win the 50 back title in 28.05 and finish second over 200.

Yohann Ndoye Brouard produced a speedy 53.92 effort in the men’s equivalent, splitting 26.08/27.84 to add to his gold over 50m.

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Maxime Grousset: Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Roman Mityukov – who had set a Swiss record of 1:57.39 over 200 back on Saturday – was second behind the Frenchman in 54.79.

Giacomo Corini won the 200 fly in 1:58.95, almost seven seconds ahead of Igor Saric who clocked 2:05.79 in a final featuring just four men.

Nyls Korstanje set a meet record of 23.32 to take the 50 fly a day after winning the two-length race in 53.28.

Maxime Grousset was second in 23.50 to conclude a meet in which he won the 50/100 free double in 22.27 and 49.09 respectively.

Kim Busch took the women’s 50 fly title in 26.49 and Jessica Steiger won the women’s 100br in 1:09.45 to add to the 50br she won on Friday in 31.97.


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