2021 European Championships: Day 5 Prelims Live Recap



Day 5 is upon us on the 2021 European Championships and with one other set of racing comes one other set of burning questions.

Who will rise to the event and transfer in the direction of gold in ladies’s 100 freestyle to take advantage of defending champion and world record-holder Sarah Sjostrom‘s absence? Can Katinka Hosszu bounce again from her silver medal efficiency within the 200 fly to take gold within the 200 IM? After a decent battle within the 1500 freestyle, will defending champ and this 12 months 1500 free victor Mykhaylo Romanchuk prevail, or will Gregorio Paltrinieri take the win?

Whereas we might want to await solutions on the 100 free and 200 IM till the finals of the occasions in a while this week, the morning swims will definitely be an indicator of the place all people stands. Observe together with our reside recap as racing will get underway in Budapest.


  • European Report: 51.71 – Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) 2017
  • European Championships Report: 52.67 – Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) 2014
  • 2018 European Champion: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 52.93

Olympic champion within the 50 freestyle Ranomi Kromowidjojo received issues going right here in warmth 5 with a 54.05. That swim for Kromo leads the way in which up to now however continues to be a bit over her present PB within the occasion which she set again in 2012 at a 52.75. Marie Wattel for France adopted within the warmth with a 54.07 which will even actually be sufficient to advance to the semis. Signe Bro and Kasia Wasick tied for third within the warmth, every with a 54.31. That’s only a contact away from the Polish document of 54.22 for Wasick.

Kromowidjojo’s fellow Dutch sprinter Femke Heemskerk answered again by bringing the sphere underneath 54 for the primary time with a 53.84. That’s a really strong swim for Heemskerk for this prelim and can give her some good momentum in the direction of taking the crown later within the meet in defending champion Sjostrom’s absence.

Heemskerk will nevertheless have to fend off the one different sub-54 up to now Anna Hopkin of Nice Britain who was a 53.94 within the final warmth. That’s inside a second of Hopkin’s PB within the occasion of 53.21 from the 2019 World Championships.

Additionally getting their names in the direction of the highest of the beginning lists for semis was Andi Murez in a 54.19 to tie the Israeli document, Nice Britain’s Freya Anderson with a 54.25, and 2021 200 freestyle champion Barbora Seemanova of the Czech Republic with a 54.26.


  • European Report: 25.95 – Adam Peaty (GBR) 2017
  • European Championships Report: 26.09 – Adam Peaty (GBR) 2018
  • 2018 European Champion: Adam Peaty (GBR) – 26.09

It was a nationwide record-threatening prelims spherical in the course of the males’s 50 breaststroke as all 4 of the 5 high finishers received near their respective nationwide information and 1 of these high 5 efficiently beating the NR within the type of Jan Kozakiewicz.

Nicolo’ Martinenghi, Ilya Shymanovich, and Jan Kozakiewicz all threw down strong 26s in the course of the 50 breaststroke heats. Martinenghi was a 26.54 throughout warmth 5 which will get him inside a contact of his personal Italian document from earlier this 12 months of 26.39. Additionally almost setting a nationwide document, Shymanovich was a 26.72, in comparison with his 26.46 NR from the 2021 Belarussian Nationwide Champs.

Kozakiewicz, nevertheless, did handle to turn out to be Poland’s fastest-ever man as soon as once more by getting underneath his personal nationwide document of 27.11. His 26.82 makes him the primary Polish man to ever crack 27 within the occasion.

Whereas these 3 males put up strong swims, nobody may beat world record-holder Adam Peaty within the occasion. Swimming within the final warmth, Peaty posted a 26.34 to take high seed, getting inside a half of a second of his PB and world document from 2017 which sits at a 25.95. Racing subsequent to Peaty, Russia’s Kirill Prigoda additionally dipped underneath the 27-second barrier with a 26.93, simply over his nationwide document of 26.72.


Cyrielle Duhamel put up a good finest time within the 200 IM with a 2:12.35, enhancing upon her 2018 swim of two:12.68. That swim allowed her to get the warmth win for France, forward of Italy’s Ilaria Cusinato. Cusinato’s swim was somewhat bit additional away from her fastest-ever swim which is at present a 2:10.25 Italian document from this meet in 2018.

Germany’s Kathrin Demler managed a 2:13.38 to return in behind Duhamel and Cusinato for third place in warmth 3.

Subsequent up, Abbie Wooden delivered a 2:11.07 to take over Duhamel’s main place. Wooden lately swam a 2:09.23 within the occasion at 2021 British Swimming Trials which was adequate to earn herself a spot on her nation’s Olympic roster within the occasion.

Italy’s Sara Franceschi, Spain’s Africa Zamorano Sanz, and Turkey’s Viktoria Gunes all swam nicely alongside Wooden, hitting 2:11.78, 2:12.85, and a pair of:12.93, letting them advance to the semis. Notably, this was Gunes’ return to the pool after having swum the 100 breaststroke and subsequently scratching the 200 breast on day 3.

Within the remaining warmth, world document holder Katinka Hosszu tried to overhaul Wooden’s lead however fell simply brief, hitting a 2:11.57 to Wooden’s 2:11.07. Hosszu is the quickest swimmer in historical past within the occasion together with her 2:06.12 and is the defending European champion, having received with a 2:10.17 again in 2018. She’s going to look so as to add one other 2021 medal to her 400 IM gold and 200 fly silver in the course of the finals of this occasion.

Fellow Hungarian Dalma Sebestyen was a 2:11.87, proper behind Hosszu, which is an enchancment from her 2:12.33 PB.


Robert Glinta wasted no time in the course of the 2nd of 5 heats of the 200 backstroke, posting a 1:59.74 which was almost sufficient to qualify for the semis however was finally simply wanting the 1:59.23 it took to advance. The swim additionally will get him nearer to the 200 backstroke Romanian document of 1:56.45 from Răzvan Florea in 2008. Glinta already holds the 50 and 100 nationwide information.

Subsequent up, the French duo of Antoine Herlem and Yohann Ndoye Brouard each swam within the second warmth, hitting a 1:56.42 and 1:57.70, respectively. That received Herlem inside putting distance of Ndoye Brouard’s 1:56.10 French nationwide document. Swimming in the identical warmth as the 2 French males, Grigory Tarasevich of Russia was a 1:57.41 for second place within the warmth whereas Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki swam a 1:57.79 for fourth.

Luke Greenbank got here into the 4th warmth of the occasion flying, splitting a 55.63 on the 100-meter mark to provide himself greater than a 1 second lead over the sphere. Greenbank introduced it again robust and managed to clip his personal British document of 1:55.34 with a 1:54.67. Jan Cejka was second within the warmth with a Czech document of 1:56.66, getting underneath his earlier mark of 1:57.51 whereas Adam Telegdy got here in with a 1:57.22 for third.

1:53.23 European record-holder Evgeny Rylov received the final warmth however couldn’t fairly beat Greenbank’s swim, hitting a 1:55.74. Rylov will transfer onto the semi-finals and will likely be seeking to defend his 2018 title within the occasion which he snagged in a 1:53.36. Polish swimmer Jakub Skierka and Italy’s Lorenzo Mora rounded out the ultimate warmth with their swims of 1:58.15 and 1:58.48, respectively.


  • European Report: 7:45.51 – Nice Britain (2009)
  • European Championships Report: 7:50.53 – Italy (2014)
  • 2018 European Champion: Nice Britain – 7:51.65

Italian all-star Federica Pellegrini delivered a 1:57.74 anchor leg on her nation’s 4×200 freestyle prelim to assist in the direction of a first-place end within the heats. She was joined by Stefania Pirozzi (2:00.01), Sara Gailli (2:00.90), and Lisa Angiolini (2:01.18) and the ladies collectively put down a 7:59.83.

Subsequent up, Israel’s squad established a model new nationwide document of 8:00.51, enhancing upon the nation’s earlier fastest-ever mark of 8:06.91. That former document was set earlier this 12 months on the 2021 Swim Open in Stockholm by the identical 4 ladies who raced at the moment:

Denmark’s staff within the prelims have been capable of submit the third-fastest time within the discipline and have been proper behind Israel with an 8:01.65. That swim got here from Marina Heller Hansen, Helena Rosendahl Bach, Amalie Soeby Mortensen, and Maj Howardsen. These 4 ladies received near the 7:55.56 nationwide document from 2009.

The opposite 5 groups that made it to the ultimate have been Nice Britain (8:01.68), Belgium (8:01.73), Hungary (8:02.50), Poland (8:03.28), and France (8:03.36).


  • European Report: 7:39.27 – Gregoria Paltrinieri (ITA) 2019
  • European Championships Report: 7:42.33 – Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) 2016
  • 2018 European Champion: Mykhailo Romanchuk (UKR) – 7:42.96

Swimming in warmth 3 of the lads’s 800 freestyle, France’s Joris Bouchaut hit a 7:53.07 to enhance barely upon his entry time of seven:54.19. Tigit Aslan was subsequent within the warmth with a 7:55.99 to get inside 1.22 seconds 7:54.77 of Mert Kilavuz’s Turkish document.

Within the subsequent warmth, Ukraine’s Mykhaylo Romanchuk and Henrik Christiansen had a strong race in opposition to one another with Romanchuk finally touching first in a 7:48.31 with Christiansen hitting a 7:50.11. That swim for Romanchuk is just a few seconds off his successful time within the occasion again at 2018 Euros of seven:42.96. Aleksandr Egorov and Damien Joly have been additionally current within the warmth and tried to catch the main duo however wound up putting third with a 7:53.32 and 4th with a 7:54.23, respectively.

Swimming within the remaining warmth, Italian teammates Gabriele Detti and Gregorio Paltrinieri swam just about the entire race collectively and ended up touching lower than a second aside on the end. Detti took first place with a 7:50.61 whereas Paltrinieri adopted in a 7:51.33. Paltrinieri must be the favourite to win in the course of the finals contemplating that he’s the European document holder together with his 2019 swim of seven:39.27. His second-place end within the 1500, nevertheless, signifies that he could also be at lower than his finest in the course of the pool swimming portion following his triple gold medal haul final week in the course of the open water occasions.

Sergiy Frolov was third within the remaining warmth with a 7:51.73 which is able to permit him to affix Ukrainian teammate Mykhaylo Romanchuk within the remaining. Together with these beforehand talked about, Anton Ipsen from Denmark and Jose Paulo Lopes will likely be racing in the course of the 800 free remaining, having touched with a 7:52.37 for sixth and seven:52.81 for seventh in the course of the prelim.


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