2021 LEN EUROPEAN AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
The opening night time of finals from the 2021 European Championships in Budapest could have eight occasions on the slate, together with 4 races the place the primary medals of the pool swimming competitors can be on the road.
Main issues off would be the girls’s 400 IM, the place hometown favourite Katinka Hosszu will look to regain her crown after successful three straight titles from 2012 to 2016. In 2018, Hosszu opted to not compete within the occasion, and France’s Fantine Lesaffre snagged the gold.
Hosszu paced the prelims in 4:37.42, with 17-year-old teammate Viktoria Mihalyvari second in 4:38.07. That left two different Hungarians—Boglarka Kapas (4:40.03) and Zsuzsanna Jakabos (4:40.50)—out of the ultimate regardless of swimming the third and fifth-fastest occasions general.
Because the girls’s 400 IM was added to the European program, Hungary has gained six golds, six silvers and three bronze medals within the occasion—in the event that they win gold tonight, they’ll tie GDR (East Germany) with 17 complete medals within the occasion. If Hosszu and Mihalyvari each get on the rostrum, they’ll lead the occasion’s all-time medal rely.
The boys’s 400 free has the makings of a unbelievable race with the highest seven qualifiers separated by simply eight tenths of a second. Switzerland’s Antonio Djakovic leads the way in which after setting a brand new Nationwide Document of three:47.23 within the prelims, with Henrik Christiansen (3:47.51) and Gabriele Detti (3:47.56) second and third and Danas Rapsys lurking in seventh.
We’ll additionally see semis within the girls’s 50 free, males’s 50 again, girls’s 100 fly and males’s 100 breast earlier than the ladies’s and males’s 400 free relays shut issues out. The boys’s 100 breast is especially loaded, with the 5 quickest males of all-time within the subject. Within the prelims, Adam Peaty, Ilya Shymanovich and Nicolo Martinenghi additionally broke 59 seconds, with Arno Kamminga not far off in 59.09.
Girls’s 400 IM Remaining
- European Document: 4:26.36, Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2016
- European Championship Document: 4:30.90, Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2016
- FINA ‘A’ Minimize: 4:38.53
- Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 4:34.76
- Viktoria Mihalyvari (HUN) / Aimee Willmott (GBR), 4:36.81
It was a patented Katinka Hosszu efficiency within the girls’s 400 IM, because the reigning Olympic champion regained her European title with a wire-to-wire victory in a time of 4:34.76.
After Aimee Willmott pulled inside a half-second of the lead on the backstroke leg, Hosszu pulled away on breast, in the end successful by over two seconds in a time that rockets her as much as #2 on the seasonal world rankings. It additionally marks a season-best by 4 seconds for the Hungarian, who had beforehand been 4:38.85 in April.
Hosszu’s teeenage countrywoman Viktoria Mihalyvari sat again in seventh on the 200 however moved her method via the sector on the back-half, closing in 30.74 to drag even with Willmott and tie the Brit for silver in 4:36.81. The 17-year-old Mihalyvari falls .01 off the Hungarian Age Document held by Eva Risztov, whereas Willmott was simply over a second off her season-best of 4:35.70.
In fourth, Italian Ilaria Cusinato produced her quickest swim since departing with coach Shane Tusup, clocking 4:38.08.
Males’s 400 Free Remaining
- European Document: 3:40.07, Paul Biedermann (GER), 2009
- European Championship Document: 3:44.01, Gabriele Detti (ITA), 2016
- FINA ‘A’ Minimize: 3:46.78
- Martin Malyutin (RUS), 3:44.18
- Felix Auboeck (AUT), 3:44.63
- Danas Rapsys (LTU), 3:45.39
Again-half specialist Martin Malyutin did his factor after almost the totally subject was comparatively even on the 200, closing with blistering splits of 27.52/26.60 to edge out Felix Auboeck and win the boys’s 400 free in a time of three:44.18.
The swim marks an enormous private greatest for Malyutin, who had set his earlier PB of three:45.92 simply final month on the Russian Olympic Trials. The 21-year-old slots into #2 within the 2020-21 world rankings, trailing solely Aussie Elijah Winnington (3:43.90).
Auboeck claimed silver in 3:44.63, not far off his Austrian Document of three:44.19 set in 2017, whereas Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys picks up the bronze medal in 3:45.39. Auboeck has been 3:44.51 this season, now rating fifth, whereas Rapsys crushes his season-best by over two seconds.
Italians Gabriele Detti (3:46.07) and Marco De Tullio (3:46.36) have been fourth and fifth, and Switzerland’s Antonio Djakovic reset his Nationwide Document for the second time immediately in 3:46.54 for sixth.
Girls’s 50 Free Semi-Finals
- Pernille Blume (DEN), 24.06
- Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED), 24.14
- Kasia Wasick (POL), 24.34
- Maria Kameneva (RUS), 24.40
- Femke Heemskerk (NED), 24.41
- Michelle Coleman (SWE), 24.54
- Anna Hopkin (GBR), 24.66
- Barbora Seemanova (CZE), 24.69
Denmark’s Pernille Blume regarded phenomenal in successful the primary semi-final of the ladies’s 50 free, scorching a time of 24.06 to overhaul Sarah Sjostrom atop the 2020-21 world rankings by .01.
Blume’s swim, which held up as the highest time heading into the ultimate, is her seventh-fastest ever, and is notably additionally .01 underneath her Olympic successful time in 2016. It’s additionally her quickest efficiency because the 2018 Euros, the place she gained silver behind Sjostrom and set the Danish NR of 23.75.
Ranomi Kromowidjojo led the second semi for the Netherlands in 24.14, simply off her season-best (24.11) to qualify second general.
Taking second to Kromowidjojo within the warmth and third general was Poland’s Kasia Wasick, who dipped underneath her Nationwide Document of 24.51 set within the prelims in 24.34.
Nice Britain’s Anna Hopkin was six one-hundredths off the time required to qualify for the Olympics (24.66, must go 24.60).
Males’s 50 Again Semi-Finals
- Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS), 23.93
- Apostolos Christou (GRE), 24.49
- Robert Glinta (ROU), 24.57
- Hugo Gonzalez (ESP), 24.60
- Grigory Tarasevich (RUS), 24.68
- Conor Ferguson (IRL), 24.81
- Simone Sabbioni (ITA) / Viktar Staselovich (BLR), 25.02
Kliment Kolesnikov did it once more.
The Russian broke the world report within the males’s 50 backstroke for the second straight European Championships, besides this time, he additionally turns into the primary man underneath 24 seconds.
Kolesnikov set the world mark at 24.00 in 2018, and now eclipses that barrier in 23.93 in a historic semi-final efficiency. The 20-year-old additionally takes out his European and Russian Information. He had beforehand been 24.08 this yr on the Russian Olympic Trials.
Greece’s Apostolos Christou certified second in 24.49, reducing his Nationwide Document of 24.75 set on the 2019 World Championships. The time slots him into second on this planet rankings behind Kolesnikov.
Girls’s 100 Fly Semi-Finals
- Louise Hansson (SWE), 56.73
- Marie Wattel (FRA), 57.48
- Svetlana Chimrova (RUS), 57.62
- Arina Surkova (RUS) / Anna Ntountounaki (GRE), 57.77
- Elena Di Liddo (ITA), 57.88
- Anastasiya Shkurdai (BLR), 57.92
- Ilaria Bianchi (ITA), 58.06
Louise Hansson seems to be choosing up proper the place Sarah Sjostrom left off for Sweden, as she dominated the ladies’s 100 fly semis in 56.73, qualifying first for the ultimate by three quarters of a second.
The time for Hansson ties her private greatest time, set final month in Stockholm, which ranks her fifth on this planet this season. The 24-year-old out-split the sector on each 50s: 26.54/30.19.
Arina Surkova and Anna Ntountounaki tied for second within the semi in 57.77, with Ntountounaki additionally equalling her Greek Document set on the 2018 Euros. They certified fourth for the ultimate, whereas Marie Wattel (57.48) and Svetlana Chimrova (57.62) went 1-2 within the first semi for second and third. It was a season-best for Chimrova, who had been 57.83 at Russian Trials in April.
Males’s 100 Breast Semi-Finals
- European Document: 56.88, Adam Peaty (GBR), 2019
- European Championship Document: 57.10, Adam Peaty (GBR), 2018
- FINA ‘A’ Minimize: 59.93
- Adam Peaty (GBR), 57.67
- Nicolo Martinenghi (ITA), 58.45
- Arno Kamminga (NED), 58.74
- James Wilby (GBR), 58.80
- Alessandro Pinzuti (ITA), 59.20
- Ilya Shymanovich (BLR) / Berkay Oegretir (TUR), 59.23
- Andrius Sidlauskas (LTU), 59.30
It was enterprise as traditional for Adam Peaty within the males’s 100 breast semis, as he soared to the ninth-fastest time in historical past: 57.67.
Nicolo Martinenghi saved it shut on the primary 50, down by simply over two tenths, however it was all Peaty coming residence, as he put collectively one other sub-31 closing cut up (30.95).
Peaty has now been underneath 58 seconds 16 occasions and holds the 24-fastest swims ever by a Brit.
Martinenghi took second within the semi and general in 58.45, lower than a tenth off his Italian Document set earlier this yr (58.37), whereas James Wilby come residence robust (31.11) to hitch them underneath 59 seconds within the second semi in 58.80.
Within the first warmth it was all Arno Kamminga, because the Dutchman, who lately joined Peaty by changing into the second man ever underneath 58 seconds, cruised to a time of 58.74 to qualify third general.
Turkey’s Berkay Oegretir tied with Ilya Shymanovich for second within the warmth in 59.23. Turkey has solely gained one medal in swimming on the European LC Championships (2000).
A few heavy hitters, Russians Kirill Prigoda (59.36) and Anton Chupkov (59.49), missed the ultimate in ninth and tenth.
Girls’s 400 Free Relay Remaining
- European Document: 3:31.72, Netherlands, 2009
- European Championship Document: 3:33.62, Netherlands, 2008
- Nice Britain, 3:34.17
- Netherlands, 3:34.29
- France, 3:35.92
The British girls executed a wonderful race en path to successful the European title within the girls’s 400 free relay in a brand new Nationwide Document time of three:34.17, qualifying them to swim the race in Tokyo.
Lucy Hope (53.89), Anna Hopkin (53.59) and Abbie Wooden (53.90) handed Freya Anderson the lead by two tenths over France heading into the anchor, however it was the Netherlands who have been the true hazard.
Femke Heemskerk threw down a scorching closing cut up for the Dutch, however Anderson managed to carry her off in 52.79 to earn the win by 12 one hundredths.
This marks solely the second win for the British girls on this occasion, with the primary coming all the way in which again in 1927 – which was additionally solely the second time girls competed.
Hope’s lead-off was additionally a brand new Scottish Document, taking out her earlier mark of 54.19.
The Netherlands picked up silver in 3:34.29, whereas France gained bronze in 3:35.92. Pernille Blume anchored in 53.56 for fourth-place Denmark (3:36.81).
Males’s 400 Free Relay Remaining
- European Document: 3:08.32, France, 2008
European Championship Document: 3:11.64, France, 2014
- Russia, 3:10.41
- Nice Britain, 3:11.56
- Italy, 3:11.87
The Russians put collectively 4 robust legs to roll to victory within the males’s 400 free relay, shattering the Championship Document by over a second in a time of three:10.41. This marks Russia’s second consecutive win within the occasion after France gained three straight from 2012-2016.
Andrei Minakov led issues off in 48.18, after which Alexander Shchegolev moved the workforce forward of Italy for the lead in 47.64 earlier than Vladislav Grinev (47.49) and Kliment Kolesnikov (47.10) closed the present.
Kolesnikov’s cut up was tops within the subject, whereas Shchegolev’s cut up was an enormous one for the 19-year-old.
The British males took out a 12-year-old Nationwide Document to assert the silver medal, marking simply the second time they’ve ever stood on the rostrum within the occasion.
Tom Dean (48.32), Matthew Richards (48.13), James Man (47.92) and Duncan Scott (47.19) mixed for a time of three:11.56, reducing the three:11.62 report set on the 2009 World Championships.
Alessandro Miressi took out the Italian Document main off in 47.74, after which the workforce acquired two extra sub-48s from Thomas Ceccon (47.98) and Manuel Frigo (47.85) to take bronze in 3:11.87.
The Hungarians have been fourth, with a 47.50 anchor from Kristof Milak, and Kristian Gkolomeev was additionally sub-48 for fifth-place Greece (47.77).
Andrej Barna threw down a scorcher – 47.15 swimming third for Serbia, who positioned seventh general in 3:13.73 for a brand new Nationwide Document.