ITALIAN SPRING CHAMPIONSHIPS (ITA)
- March 31 – April 3, 2021
- Prelims at 9am local/Finals at 4:30pm local
- Riccione – Swimming Stadium
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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.
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.
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
- Adam Peaty (GBR) – 56.88 *WR*
- Ilya Shymanovich (BLR) – 58.29
- Nicolo Martinenghi (ITA) – 58.37
- Arno Kamminga (NED) – 58.43
- Cameron Van der Burgh (RSA)/James Wilby (GBR) – 58.46
- Brenton Rickard (AUS) – 58.58
- Yan Zibei (CHN) – 58.73
During the second day of the Italian Nationals in Riccione, Nicolò Martinenghi set a new Italian record in men’s 100 breaststroke. He shaved 0.38s off his own previous national record. Now he is the 3rd fastest performer of all time. Can he win a medal at the Olympics? pic.twitter.com/pOvcrFlmUZ
— Swimming Stats (@SwimmingStats) April 1, 2021