Day three of the 2015 Portuguese National meet continued today in Colmbra, Portugal, where additional records fell to keep the speedy competition’s momentum going. Athletes raced in the 100 butterfly, 200 breaststroke, 50 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 400 freestyle and 200 medley relay events on this second to last day of the meet.
As with day 1 where we saw both the women’s and men’s 50m backstroke Portuguese national records fall, so it was today, with the same swimmers re-writing their nation’s record books in the 100m distance of the same stroke discipline.
First, Ana Sofia Leite charged to the wall to finish in a swift 1:03.42 for the 100m backstroke win, which was just enough to narrowly surpass the previous national record of 1:03.45 held by Marta Vieira Marinho set back in 2010. Leite’s previous personal best was 1:03.53 registered last July.
Immediately in the men’s edition of the event, Pedro Oliveira fired off his own new national record, clocking a solid career-best 55.46 to knock just under a tenth off of his old national mark of 55.55 he set back in December 2014.
Another Portuguese record was nearly cleared, as Diana Duraes cranked out an impressive 4:19.75 400m freestyle time for the gold medal in the event. This time matches exactly the existing national record set by Ana Goncalves in 2013.
The competition concludes tomorrow, April 4th with the 200m butterfly, 100m freestyle, 200m IM, 1500m/800m freestyles and the 400m medley relay events.