Men’s 50 Breast Final
Italy’s World Junior record holder in the men’s 50-meter breaststroke Nicolo Martinenghi did not disappoint in the final heat of the event, touching in 27.10 for the gold medal. It’s who came after him that was cause for amazement: dark horse Alessandro Pinzuti dropped a half-second from his semis time to touch just after teammate Martinenghi in 27.19 for the silver medal.
Michael Andrew, three-time American gold medalist at this meet alone, settled for the bronze medal with his time of 27.39, which was a substantial time drop from semi-finals as well. USA teammate Reece Whitley, although he finally dipped under the 28.00 mark, missed the podium with his fourth-place time of 27.71.
Fifth place was snapped up by Russia’s Vladislav Gerasimenko in 27.82, while Germany’s Philipp Andrew Brandt swam a 28.11 for sixth place.
Michael Houlie of South Africa sprinted to a seventh-place time of 28.28, and Canada’s Gabe Mastromatteo finished up with a 28.51 for eighth place.
Swimming World Radio
Michael Andrew, United States