Nicolo Martinenghi Lowers 100 Breast World Junior Record For 2nd Time


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Not only did rising Italian superstar Nicolo Martinenghi lower the Italian Record in the 100 breaststroke at the Sette Colli meet in Rome, he also took down the junior world record in the event for a second time.

Martinenghi first lowered the record in April at the Italian Championships, touching in 59.46 to take down the previous record of China’s Wang Lizhou, which stood at 59.60 from 2016. He went even lower this week, touching in 59.31 to lower his previous record and also the Italian Record of 59.42 previously held by Fabio Scozzoli.

The swim moves Martinenghi into 4th in the world for the year, and earned him second at the meet behind British world record holder Adam Peaty.

The Italian also holds the junior world record in the 50 breast with his 26.97 from Italian Nationals. He was just off that mark in Rome, touching in 27.03 for 3rd behind Peaty and Brazilian Joao Gomes Junior. Born in 1999, Martinenghi can break junior world records up until December 31st of this year before he enters his 19th year and becomes ineligible.

Heading into his first major international competition, Martinenghi is certainly a threat to medal at the World Championships in Budapest. Peaty has the 100 and likely the 50 all but locked up, but the Italian will be in the hunt for the minor medals. The biggest international competition he’s been in was the World Juniors in 2015, where he won silver in the 50, took 5th in the 200, and placed 7th in the 100 breast.

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Captain Ahab
5 years ago

Michael Andrew, Jacob Montague, Reece Whitley, and Daniel Roy need to come on and beat that kids time before it gets too far out of reach.

Reply to  Captain Ahab
5 years ago

They’ll do it. In yards. Perhaps.

5 years ago

Is amazing to see how this event has progressed since Sludnov broke the 1 minute barrier back in 2001. Peaty is pushing breaststroke to another level and the rest of the world is following. Looking forward to the world championships this summer!

5 years ago

If only Italy had a backstroker or flyer

5 years ago

Andrew will beat this in a few days.

Reply to  Jpsteady
5 years ago

In free?

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