Martinenghi Drops a 59.3 100 Breast, Hosszu Wins 3 at Euro Meet Day 3

21ST LUXEMBOURG EURO MEET

Since coming back to racing in November after a groin injury sidelined him for almost a full year, Italian breaststroker Nicolo Martinenghi is looking as good as ever. He won the 100 breast tonight in Luxembourg, going 59.37, the only finisher sub 1:00. 2nd went to Dutch breaststroker Arno Kamminga (1:00.30) and 3rd to Italian Fabio Scozzoli (1:01.10). Marco Koch, who was 1:03.00 this morning, was DQ’d tonight.

Martinenghi overtakes WR-holder Adam Peaty in this season’s world rankings.

2018-2019 LCM MEN 100 BREAST

AdamGBR
PEATY
07/21
56.88 *WR
2Ilya
SHYMANOVICH
BLR58.2903/24
3James
WILBY
GBR58.4607/22
4Yan
ZIBEI
CHN58.6307/22
5Yasuhiro
KOSEKI
JPN58.8907/21
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That’s right off of a lifetime best for Martinenghi, who has been as fast as 59.01 from the 2017 World Jr Championships, his most recent significant LCM international championship. Tonight, Martinenghi shot out to a lead with a 27.57 front half, coming home in 31.80. Italians did well tonight as a whole– Martina Carraro won the women’s 100 breast (1:07.35) and Alberto Razzetti posted a 2:01.89 to take the men’s 200 IM.

After going 0-for-3 last night, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu had a much stronger evening tonight. She won three events, starting with the 400 free (4:13.84) in a close race with GBR’s Polly Holden (4:14.33). Hosszu trailed much of the race, but came home hard in the final 50 to overtake Holden. Hosszu returned to take the 200 back, winning much more comfortably with a three-second margin of victory (2:11.82), and then she was 2:11.99 to take the 200 IM.

Sarah Sjöström, who won just one of her four events last night, only swam the 100 free tonight. She was 53.29 for the win, a much better time for her after she was well off of her usual times last night. She was just .08 off of her 2017 meet record, and she moves to #2 in the world rankings.

2018-2019 LCM WOMEN 100 FREE

SimoneUSA
MANUEL
07/26
52.04
2Cate
CAMPBELL
AUS52.1206/13
3Sarah
SJOSTROM
SWE52.2307/21
4Emma
McKEON
AUS52.4106/13
5Rikako
IKEE
JPN52.7911/17
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Ukraine had two winners tonight, with Mykhailo Romanchuk taking the men’s 400 free (3:50.76) and Sergii Shevtsov winning the 100 free (49.39). Shevtsov just got by Russian teenager Kliment Kolesnikov (49.48). Romania’s Robert Glinta was the other winner of the night, going 2:01.80 to take the men’s 200 back.

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Good for Felipe Franca Silva, but I thought he retired because we hadn’t heard about him since Rio

Yozhik

Surprisingly nobody comments on Hosszu’s win in seemingly tough triple: 400FR-200BK-200IM. And actually it was 4 events session with additional 100FR.
Sure a swimmer can swim in practice 900m in four sets with significant rest between them. The question is if it can be done in 4:14 – 2:12 – 2:12 – 55.8. And if it is so then what it can possibly tell about swimmer’s potential in each individual event.
In a few months Hosszu is going to be 30. Is she still dominant IMer? Will she be a factor in Tokyo next year or even in coming world championships.

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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