Mexican José Ángel Martínez ‘s very hard work paid off and earned him a berth at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo , Japan. He made his first Games and swam the 200 metre individual medley . Martínez put down the top ranked CCCAN time of 2:01.34 for 38th. Since then the national record holder in the event at 1:59.78 has turned his attention to the short course metre pool. Selected by the Cali Condors he has been burning through the records books at each match.
The record that Martínez has taken a particular liking to during the regular season in Naples Italy has been the 200 metre butterfly. The old national standard prior to the start of season 3 of the ISL belonged to Israel Duran at 1:54.95. He set that mark at the 2009 National Short Course Championships.
Like Martínez Duran was a distinguished graduate of Texas A &M swim team. On Match 2 Ángel lowered that mark to 1:53.24 in placing 3rd overall. Match 4 saw him lowering to 1:52.75 in a sixth place effort. On Sep 12 he bettered it again in Match 6 with a fourth place finish of 1:52.17. Match 7 saw him just off that time with a swim of 1:52.33 for third.
Not only did Ángel prove he is the best distance butterflier in the 25 metre pool he also proved that he is the best sprinter in the stroke over that course. The old record in the 100 of 51.89 jointly belonged to Olympian Joshua Ilika and Pablo Marmolejo set at National championships in 2001 and 2009 respectively. Martínez crushed that mark with a sixth place swim of 50.57
He would also take down the 50 metre butterfly standard held by Daniel Ramirez of 23.48. He lowered it twice with swims of 22.89 and 22.88 that helped to finish fourth and fifth on those match days.
Two other marks held by Ramirez would also fall. The 100 metre backstroke at 53.15 set in 2013 was lowered to 53.09. Martínez recorded that time leading off the Condors medley relay . Another record set at the World Short championships by Ramirez in the 100 metre freestyle was relegated to history. Again he took the opportunity leading off the 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay to put himself in the record books
Ángel add the short course national record to his long course record in the 200 metre individual medley. He destroyed the old 2009 mark held by Marmolejo of 1:58.54 with a swim of 1:54.87 to place third in Match 2 on August 9.
In eight days of competitive action in Naples Martínez has set nine national records. He also had his highest placings of first and second in the league in the men’s 4 x 100 medley relay and the mixed medley relay
Martínez has claimed this year with great determination and all eyes will be on him to make even greater strides for himself, the Cali Condors and Mexico .