Nicolo Martinenghi Smashes Italian Record, Becomes #3 All-Time 100 BR – 58.37

ITALIAN SPRING CHAMPIONSHIPS (ITA)

The international men’s breaststroke field just keeps getting faster.

Tonight in Riccione, 21-year-old Nicolo Martinenghi unloaded a lifetime best and new Italian record of 58.37 in the 100 breast, easily winning the Italian spring title. That lops over three-tenths off of his old best, which was also the old record, of 58.75.

SPLITS

  • 27.28
  • 31.09

When he went 58.75 in December 2019, he split 27.51 on the first 50 and 31.24 on the second, so he was over a tenth faster on both 50s tonight. His opening speed was especially notable, going over two-tenths faster than he did in 2019.

Martinenghi now ranks #1 in the world this year, unseating World Record-holder Adam Peaty of Great Britain from his 2020-21 season throne.

2020-2021 LCM Men 100 Breast

AdamGBR
Peaty
04/14
57.39
2Nicolo
Martinenghi
ITA58.3704/01
3Arno
Kamminga
NED58.6912/05
4Yan
Zibei
CHN58.7309/28
5James
Wilby
GBR58.7603/12
View Top 27»

Looking at the historical rankings, this was a massive swim. Martinenghi becomes the third-fastest performer in history, behind only Peaty and Ilya Shymanovich of Belarus. His time moves him .06 ahead of the Netherlands’ Arno Kamminga, who went 58.43 in March 2020. Previously, Martinenghi’s 58.75 ranked him 12th all-time.

100 BREAST TOP PERFORMERS – ALL-TIME

  1. Adam Peaty (GBR) – 56.88 *WR*
  2. Ilya Shymanovich (BLR) – 58.29
  3. Nicolo Martinenghi (ITA) – 58.37
  4. Arno Kamminga (NED) – 58.43
  5. Cameron Van der Burgh (RSA)/James Wilby (GBR) – 58.46
  6. Brenton Rickard (AUS) – 58.58
  7. Yan Zibei (CHN) – 58.73

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Europeans control breaststroke / what a p-e-a-t-y
19 days ago

Guerra, where is your Mister Vloggie Cody Miller?

Can he medal at the next olympics or even make the team?

Khachaturian

I like the pun in your name

Hswimmer

My guess is NO.

25Backstroke

Michael Andrew WR and Gold Medal after his 2 week pre-olympic surfing-only taper, you heard it here first

mcmflyguy
19 days ago

Aside from anything Dressel swims in at the olympics. This might be the race to watch. This will be exciting

Editor
Reply to  mcmflyguy
19 days ago

Men’s 200 breaststroke holla

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
Reply to  Retta Race
19 days ago

200 breast has always been super close with anyone in a field able to win (like Rio) and I think it will be similar this summer

john26
Reply to  Retta Race
19 days ago

tbh, the 2020 Breast field has more spread than in 2016. Chupkov has won every major championship since Rio and has pushed the WR out by nearly a second since 2016. In Rio, the top 5 finishers were within 0.41 of eachother and there wasn’t a clear favorite going into the final (closest was probably Marco Koch, who had won the ’14 Euros, 15′ WC)- I think its unlikely we’ll see that again. However, the 200breast does have the feeling that it’s being redefined every championship final so that’s exciting to see.

YeahBaby
Reply to  mcmflyguy
19 days ago

Exciting? No one has gotten closer to Peaty… the closest is 1.5 seconds away. How is this Exciting?

anon
Reply to  mcmflyguy
19 days ago

it’s gotta be both women’s backstrokes and the 100 fly as the most exciting races for me

MKW
Reply to  anon
19 days ago

Mens 100 free also

AnEn
Reply to  anon
19 days ago

Obviously not a popular take, but i like the men’s 1500 free. 4 guys who could all win gold and potentially break the world record. I think there are a lot of races that could be pretty open and therefore pretty exciting (men’s 200 IM, men’s 200 free, men’s 400 free, men’s 100 back, men’s 800 free relay, women’s 50 free, women’s 100 free, women’s 200 free, women’s 200 breast, women’s 200 fly, women’s 200 IM, women’s 400 IM)

Oli K.
Reply to  AnEn
19 days ago

Wellbrock, Paltrinieri, Romanchuk. Who is number 4?
Totally agree, it is THE race i look forward to!

Rafael
Reply to  AnEn
19 days ago

4? Wellbrock Paltrinieri Romanchuck.. who else??

SwimmerfromCali
Reply to  Rafael
19 days ago

I’m not AnEn, but he is likely referring to Grgic who based on his projected trajectory should challenge the big 3

AnEn
Reply to  SwimmerfromCali
19 days ago

Yes, i was referring to Grgic.

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
Reply to  AnEn
19 days ago

Finke will be there as well and I expect that he will challenge for a medal

AnEn
Reply to  GATOR CHOMP 🐊
19 days ago

Sure …

Emg1986
Reply to  mcmflyguy
19 days ago

I’ve been waiting 5 years for this, I don’t think there’s a race I won’t be watching.

Last edited 19 days ago by Emg1986
john26
Reply to  mcmflyguy
19 days ago

https://ok.ru/video/1444779657738

I rewatched this race (men’s 4x2free 2019) the other night because I forgot who won. Because I felt like I was expericing it for the first time, it felt like the authentic experience and I’ve gotta say, this was probably a top 3 race of the week and i’m very looking forward to this one in Tokyo.

Dee
Reply to  mcmflyguy
19 days ago

Womens 100fl has quietly got really exciting imo. Wouldn’t be at all surprised if it’s sub 56 to medal and the WR goes down.

monsterbasher
19 days ago

Only 1.5 seconds away from the world record.

Anonymoose
Reply to  monsterbasher
19 days ago

this is so ridiculous lmao

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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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