Nicolo Martinenghi Goes Third All-Time Over 50 Breaststroke In 26.39 At Italian Championships

Nicolo Martinenghi: Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

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Nicolo Martinenghi continued his record-breaking form as he went third all-time over 50 breaststroke by lowering his Italian record for the second time in a day to 26.39 in Riccione.

Martinenghi had gone fourth all-time with a national record of 26.47 in Saturday morning’s prelims at the Italian Swimming Championships.

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That had been a case of the morning after the night before with the 21-year-old having gone third in history over 100br behind only world record-holder Adam Peaty (56.88) and Ilya Shymanovich (58.29) when he stopped the clock at 58.37.

He returned in the evening to again post a new mark in a time that has been bettered by only Peaty (25.95) and Felipe Lima whose best stands at 26.33.

Italian breaststroke is in fine fettle with Martina Carraro posting a national 100br record of 1:05.86 during the finals session with Arianna Castiglione and Benedetta Pilato both dipping inside the previous record in 1:06.00.

He told the Italian Swimming Federation:

“I’m happy. Two records in one day is a test of competitive maturity. I’m fine and I know what I’m doing when I swim. 

“I’m really happy. It is an Italian record that I take home with my heart. 

“Climbing the rankings one step at a time is another great achievement for me. I come back from Riccione with a suitcase full of satisfactions.”

He added:

“I wanted to come here to improve myself, it was my goal.

“We have prepared this race with great attention and the result gives us even more confidence for the future.”

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