Luthersdottir breaks Icelandic record, Meier shatters Liechtensteinian record to close Small Nation Games

A pair of national records and a slew of meet records closed the Small Nation Games in Reykjavik, Iceland Friday.

Hilda Luthersdottir was back at it in front of the home crowd, smashing the nation 400 IM record with yet another gold medal performance.

In the first event of the night, Luthersdottir was untouchable, going 4:46.70 to beat the field by 6 seconds for gold. Luthersdottir also smashed a pair of records: the meet record of 4:54.57 and the national record of 4:53.24. Both were previously held by Johanna Gerda Gustafsdottir, who finished second in 4:53.55.

Towards the end of the night, Liechtenstein’s Christoph Martin Meier had his own record-smashing race in the 1500 free. The distance man blew out the field by over 18 seconds, going 15:55.71. Though the Liechtenstein swimming federation doesn’t yet have updated records on its website, that appears to crush his own national mark by over 20 seconds – Meier was 16:17.76 back in 2013.

Liechtenstein swept the night’s distance races, as Julia Hassler went 8:42.06 to take the women’s 800. That broke her own meet record by three seconds but was still well off her national record of 8:35.18.

Luxembourg’s Raphael Stacchiotti capped off a successful week by winning the men’s 400 IM. His 4:24.02 was tops in the field by two and a half seconds, with Meier second (4:26.58). Stacchiotti broke the meet record previously held by Iceland’s Anton McKee at 4:27.29. McKee was third at this year’s meet.

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