Belmonte Records World’s Best 1500 Freestyle

Mireia Belmonte took the women’s 1500 freestyle with ease on the third day of the Spanish National Championships.

Belmonte won the event in a time of 16:10.63 which takes over the top spot in the world rankings from Leonie Antonia Beck of Germany who had posted a 16:24.56 earlier this year. Jimena Perez Blanco who took the silver also overtook Beck in the world rankings recording a time of 16:22.64 while Maria Vilas Vidal finished in a time of 16:29.15 which puts her fourth in the world rankings.

Belmonte also collected gold in the women’s 200 IM recording a time of 2:12.80. Her time puts her ninth in the world rankings. Viktoria Zeynep Guines finished second in a time of 2:14.14 followed closely by Beatriz Gomez who posted a 2:14.27.

The silver was the second medal for Guines on the evening as she took the women’s 50 breaststroke earlier in the evening finishing in a time of 31.40. her time places her ninth in the world rankings. Jessica Vall Montero finished second in a time of 31.69 followed by Alina Zmushka who posted a 31.77.

Marc Torrens broke into the top three in the world rankings in the men’s 800 freestyle. Torrens took the event in a time of 7:54.02 to place third in the rankings. Ricardo Rosales Rodriguez collected the silver finishing in a time of 8:06.88 followed by Marcos Rodriguez Mesa who touched in a time of 8:08.08.

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Marco Orsi and Konrad Czerniak put themselves into the top five in the world rankings in the men’s 100 freestyle. The two had an exciting battle with Czerniak taking the first 50 meters out in a time of 23.05 followed by Orsi who turned in a time of 23.34. Orsi eventually took over the lead beating Czerniak by one one-hundredth of a second.

Orsi won the event in a time of 48.98 followed by Czerniak who posted a 48.99. The two men now rank fourth and fifth in the world.

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Andrey Grechin finished third in a time of 49.15 which places him ninth in the world rankings.

Martin Andres took the men’s 50 breaststroke in a time of 27.85 placing him seventh in the world rankings. Chien Yin Lionel Khoo finished second in a time of 28.55 followed by Ivano Pizzolla who hit the wall in a time of 28.57.

Alexis Manaca Santos made his way into the top 10 in the world rankings winning the men’s 200 IM in a time of 2:00.51. His time puts him 10th in the world. Albert Puig Garrich took the silver in a time of 2:00.73 followed by Alan Cabello Forns who finished in a time of 2:01.49.

Aliaksandra Herasimenia won the women’s 100 freestyle in a time of 55.61 followed by Alice Mizzau who touched in a time of 55.70. Marta Grivillers Gonzalez collected the bronze finishing in a time of 55.98.

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bobo gigi

That time by Miss Belmonte is good but not so impressive. Katie Ledecky can do the same just after swimming 20 miles in training, a bag of rocks on her back and with Justin Bieber’s “music” in her ears.


Unfair to Belmonte and you are doing a poor imitation of the incomparable “Bill Bell”.
Belmonte is swimming 200-400 IM, 200 fly, 400-800-1500 free in this meet. She is also not rested.

bobo gigi

My dear Aswimfan, I like Miss Belmonte. I have nothing against Miss Belmonte. But I had nothing else to say. I agree that this kind of comments is useless but that’s like that. We don’t always make useful things. 🙂


Out of topic but are you going to do a preview of the French nationals?

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