Martinenghi Goes Fourth In History Over 50 Breaststroke In 26.47 During Prelims

Nicolo Martinenghi
Nicolo Martinenghi: Photo Courtesy: Italian Swimming Federation

Nicolo Martinenghi became the fourth-fastest man in history over 50m breaststroke  as he set an Italian record of 26.47 in Saturday’s heats of the Italian Swimming Championships in Riccione.

The 21-year-old has been on scorching form and on Friday went third all-time over 100br in 58.37  to announce himself as a medal contender over two lengths in Tokyo come July.

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Martinenghi then returned to the pool on Saturday morning for the prelims where he sliced 0.09 from his previous record of 26.56, set in December 2020 – also in Riccione.

Only Adam Peaty and his world record of 25.95 plus Brazilian pair Felipe Lima (26.33) and Joao Gomes (26.42) have gone quicker.

Martinenghi told the Italian Swimming Federation:

“I am very happy with the record.

“It is a performance that I wanted to do and I am happy to have succeeded.

“I was very excited. I arrived at the pool without expectations, but I am very well and the performance came out.

“In the afternoon I will try to improve further and then we aim for the European Championships in Budapest.”


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