Martinenghi Goes Joint-Fourth All-Time In 100Br In 58.29, NR For Castiglioni; Sjostrom Heads 50 Fly

Nicolo Martinenghi
Nicolo Martinenghi: Photo Courtesy: Italian Swimming Federation

Nicolo Martinenghi went joint-fourth all-time alongside Ilya Shymanovich in the 100 breaststroke in 58.29 and Arianna Castiglioni set a national mark of 1:05.67 in the women’s event at the Sette Colli meet in Rome.

Sarah Sjostrom continued her comeback to win the 50 fly in 25.42,  a time that would have been good enough for silver at the European Championships last month, propelling the Swede to third in the rankings.

Simona Quadarella went third in the 1500 free rankings in 15:48.81, a new championship record, and she now stands behind Katie Ledecky (15:40.50) and Maddy Gough (15:46.13).

Italian History In The Breaststroke

Martinenghi, fifth in Budapest, split 27.67/30.62 to take 0.08 off the national mark he set in April and in the process lowered the championship record of 58.61 set by Adam Peaty in 2019.

European silver medallist Arno Kamminga – only the second man to have broken the 58 barrier when he went 57.90 in April – was second in 58.40 with Federico Poggio next home in 59.39 at the iconic Foro Italico.

All-Time Rankings

56.88, Adam Peaty, 2019 World Championships

57.90, Arno Kamminga, 2021 Netherlands Team Time Trials

58.14, Michael Andrew, USA Olympic Trials

=58.29, Nicolo Martinenghi, 2021 Sette Colli

=58.29, Ilya Shymanovich, 2019 FFN Golden Tour


Arianna Castiglioni: Photo Courtesy: SIPA USA

Martina Carraro, who held the national record of 1:05.86 going into the race, led at the turn in 31.06 ahead of Benedetta Pilato (31.18) and Castiglioni (31.29).

A second 50 of 34.38 steered Castiglioni from third to first taking 0.19 off Carraro’s mark and was 0.02 inside Sophie Hansson’s winning time of 1:05.69 from the European Championships at which she won silver.

It placed her fourth in the 2021 rankings behind Lilly King (1:04.72), Lydia Jacoby (1:05.28) and Annie Lazor (1:05.37).

Pilato was 0.02 inside the old record in an Italian junior mark of 1:05.84 with Carraro next home in 1:06.08.

Sjostrom And Milak Flying Once More


Sarah Sjostrom – Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The meet at the iconic Foro Italico features timed finals and Sjostrom headed the 50 fly, 0.01 ahead of European champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo who clocked 25.43.

The triple Olympic medallist is now ranked third in 2021 behind only Melanie Henique and her French record of 25.17 and Kromowidjojo who clocked 25.30 in Budapest.

Sjostrom made her return to competition at the start of June at the Mare Nostrum in Canet, France following elbow surgery after falling on ice in early February.

Kristof Milak split 23.90/26.99 to head the 100 fly in 50.89, weeks after setting a Hungarian record of 50.18 en-route to the European Championships.

Noe Ponti (51.59) and Santo Condorelli (51.62) were next swiftest.

Bruno Fratus clocked 21.71 in the 50 free ahead of Alessandro Miressi (21.97).

Pellegrini Goes 1:56 In Final Foro Italico Meet


Photo Courtesy: Mine Kasapoglu / ISL

Federica Pellegrini went 1:56.23 in the 200 free with this weekend set to be her final appearance at the famous meet.

The world record-holder announced earlier this month she would retire from international competition after Tokyo with the ISL set to be her swansong with the Aqua Centurions.

The 2008 Olympic champion produced metronomic splits: out in 27.35 followed by 29.24/ 29.91 and a final 50 of 29.73 to come home in a time 0.06 quicker than that which saw her claim silver in Budapest.

Marco De Tullio headed the 400 free in 3:47.41 ahead of Guilherme Costa (3:48.62) and Matteo Lamberti (3:49.19) in the fastest timed final although Fernando Scheffer – Costa’s fellow Brazilian – ranked third-swiftest overall in 3:49.01.

Gabriele Detti, who won bronze at Rio 2016, was fifth in 3:49.42 and has already qualified for Tokyo with De Tullio.

Thomas Ceccon, who won triple relay bronze in Budapest last month, touched first in the 100 back in 53.79 ahead of Simone Sabbioni (53.96) and Michele Lamberti (54.14).

Srihari Nataraj was second-fastest overall in an Indian record of 53.90.

Etiene Medeiros stopped the clock in the 50 back in 27.78, 0.01 ahead of European champion Kira Toussaint (27.79).

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1 year ago

Henique have just swim 25.17 in the 50 butterfly, Last week-end…