On the second day of the Spanish National Championships in Palma Mireia Belmonte of Spain took over the top spot in the world rankings in the women’s 400 IM. Belmonte won the event recording a time of 4:32.92 beating Aimee Willmott of Great Britain’s top time of 4:33.64 and setting the competition record. At the same meet last year the Spanish star posted a 4:35.27, considering she went on to set the Spanish record in Barcelona in a time of 4:31.21 she looks to be on the path to have another great summer.
Catalina Corro Lorente of Spain made an incredible improvement in the event to finish second in a time of 4:39.20. Her best time coming into the event was a 4:44.70, which she posted earlier this year. Beatriz Gomez Cortes of Spain finished third in a time of 4:40.23.
Marc Sanchez Torrens set a new Spanish national record winning the men’s 400 IM in a time of 4:15.64, breaking Javier Nunez Molano‘s record of 4:16.98 which he set in 2008. His time also puts Sanchez Torrens in the seventh place spot in the world rankings.
Mercedes Peris Minguet had a great race in the winning the women’s 50 backstroke in a time of 28.24. She beat her season’s best of 28.48 moving herself from ninth to sixth in the world rankings. Miguel Rando Galvez put himself in the world’s top five by winning the men’s 50 backstroke in a time of 25.14. With his time Rando Galvez recorded the fourth fastest time in the world this year.
Melanie Costa-Schmid took the women’s 200 freestyle in a time of 1:57.90 beating Judith Ignacio Sanchez who finished second in a time of 1:59.99. Ignacio Sanchez also won the women’s 100 butterfly in a time of 59.32.
Manuel Martin Martin Victor took the men’s 200 freestyle in a lifetime best time of 1:48.57, beating his previous best of 1:48.71.
Konrad Czerniak of Poland won the men’s 100 butterfly in a time of 53.22.
Full results can be found here