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For at least the third time this year, Nicolo Martinenghi has broken a junior world record in the breaststroke.
Swimming next to world record-holder Adam Peaty, the Italian Martinenghi went 59.31 at the Sette Colli Trophy this weekend, shaving another tenth off his own junior world record in the 100 breast and finally taking over the Italian national record from Fabio Scozzoli. Scozzoli had held the mark at 59.42 since 2011. Martinenghi was 59.46 back in April to rattle Scozzoli’s mark and set a new junior world record.
Just a day before that 59.4 swim in April, Martinenghi also broke the junior world and Italian national record in the 50 breast, going 26.97. That means his swim this weekend was at least the third junior world record-setting swim the 1999-born swimmer has had in the first half of 2017.
Martinenghi currently sits #4 in the world ranks in the 100 breast and #5 in the world ranks in the 50 breast, making him a threat for multiple medals at this summer’s World Championships in Budapest.
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