2014 European Championships Day 2 Finals: Great Britain Continues to Roll


  • Wednesday, August 13-Sunday, August 24, 2014 (pool swimming Monday, 8/18-Sunday 8/24)
  • The Velodrom, Berlin, Germany
  • Local time: Prelims 9:30am, Finals 6pm (Monday-Thursday), 4pm (Friday-Sunday)
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MEN’S 50 FLY – Finals

  • 2012 European Champ: Rafael Munoz, Spain, 23.16
  • 2010 European Champ: Rafael Munoz, Spain, 23.17
  • Meet Record: Miolrad Cavic, Serbia, 23.11 – 2008
  • World Record: Rafael Munoz, Spain, 22.43 – 2009
  • European Record: Rafael Munoz, Spain, 22.43 – 2009

The men’s 50-meter fly final, already one of the more exciting races in swimming, gave the crowd something extra to cheer about: a tie. France’s Florent Manaudou and Belarus’ Yauhen Tsurkin opened night three by touching simultaneously for the win in 23.00. This is the first butterfly medal at a major international meet for Manaudou, who has had an excellent week so far, beginning with his excellent split on France’s winning 4×100 free relay on night one.

Tsurkin, meanwhile, was a bit more of a surprise tonight, putting together an outside smoke from lane eight to get into the wall with Manaudou.  The 23-year-old sprint star is no stranger to the podium–he took bronze in this event at 2012 Euros–but coming in hot from the outside to get ahead of championship record holder Andiry Govorov and Commonwealth champion Ben Proud was a bit unexpected.

In another strange twist, the top-seeded Govorov and Great Britain’s Proud tied for Bronze, as well, in 23.21.  Both swimmers got off the blocks quickly, but couldn’t off the powerful Manaudou or Tsurkin.

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  • 2012 European Champ: Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden, 53.61
  • 2010 European Champ: Fran Halsall, Great Britain, 53.58
  • Meet Record: Britta Steffen, Germany, 53.30 – 2006
  • World Record: Britta Steffen, Germany, 52.07 – 2009
  • European Record: Britta Steffen, Germany, 52.07 – 2009

While some semifinal events tend to feel like time-fillers without any notable storylines, the women’s 100 free semifinals had plenty of intrigue to go around. Femke Hemmskerk, the top qualifier from prelims, had another statement swim tonight, blowing through the second semi in 53.66, nearly a half second faster than anybody else in the field.

Meanwhile, in an effort to conserve energy for her “biggest” race of the night, second-seed Sarah Sjostrum appeared to cruise through her semifinal, finishing in 54.31 for second in her heat (behind Pernille Blume of Denmark’s 54.26) and fourth position overall.  Sjostrum’s countrywoman Michelle Coleman, the third seed after prelims, will be in the middle of the pool in finals; the 20-year-old touched in 54.15 for second overall.

Katinka Hosszu made her way into another championship final (surprise!) with her fifth-place 54.48.  She’ll be coming off her likely  200 IM semifinal swim tomorrow evening.  Veronika Popova of Russia (54.58), Fatima Gallardo Carapeto of Spain (54.85), and Charlotte Bonnet of France (54.90) also made their way into the final tomorrow night.

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  • 2012 European Champ: Aristeidis Grigoriadis, Greece, 53.86
  • 2010 European Champ: Camille Lacourt, France, 52.11 – 2010
  • Meet Record: Camille Lacourt, 52.11 – 2010
  • World Record: Aaron Peirsol, United States, 51.94 – 2009
  • European Record: Camille Lacourt, France, 52.11 – 2010

Picking up right where he left off after an excellent Commonwealth Games, Christopher Walker-Hebborn of Great Britain took down French veteran Jeremy Stravius to win the men’s 100 backstroke, touching in 53.32 to Stravius’ 53.64.  Walker-Hebborn has years of international experience under his belt, but 2014 has unquestionably been the best year of his career so far; the 24-year-old came into the meet as the #5 ranked swimmer in the world and top seed from his gold medal performance in Glasgow last month.  Although that’s a season best for Stravius, the 2011 World Championship gold medalist and 2013 bronze medalist hasn’t been down around his best times for a number of years in this event.

Jan-Phillip Glania of Germany stood pat in third place to earn his first major international medalwith a final time of 54.15.  Countrymate Christian Diener was just behind, finishing in 54.23 for fourth place.

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  • 2012 European Champ: Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden, 25.64
  • 2010 European Champ: Therese Alshammar, Sweden, 25.63
  • Meet Record: Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden, 24.87 – 2014
  • World Record: Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden, 24.43 – 2009
  • European Record: Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden, 24.43 – 2009

Fresh off her final qualification in the 100 freestyle, Sarah Sjostrum of Sweden was back in the water around 15 minutes later seeking gold in the women’s 50 butterfly.  Despite being well off her insane world record performance from earlier this year, Sjostrum had plenty left in the tank to get the win.  Her final time of 24.98 was just a hair off her 24.87 meet record from earlier in the meet, more than three tenths ahead of Jeanette Ottesen Gray’s second-place 25.34.  British star Fran Halsall was third in 25.39.

To put that “slow” time from Sjostrum into perspective, it’s still faster than any other swimmer has ever been.  Notably, 37-year-old Swedish veteran and former world record holder Therese Alshammar was sixth in the heat in 26.10.

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  • 2012 European Champ: Fabio Scozzoli, Italy, 1:00.55
  • 2010 European Champ: Alexander Dale Oen, Norway, 59.20
  • Meet Record: Adam Peaty, Great Britain, 58.68 – 2014
  • World Record: Cameron van der Burgh, South Africa, 58.46 – 2012
  • European Record: Hugues Duboscq, France, 58.64 – 2009

There’s something in the water across the pond that is slowly turning Great Britain into arguably the world’s preeminent breaststroke powerhouse in the world.  After taking six of the nine medals at the Glasgow-hosted Commonwealth Games last month, the breaststroke collective from Great Britain has gone international.  Adam Peaty and Ross Murdoch put together a statement 1-2 finish, with Peaty, the new meet record holder and world #1, touching first in 58.96, and Murdoch a half second behind in 59.43.

Giedrius Titenis of Lithuania, the winner of the second semifinal last night, was third in 59.61.  Notably, Daniel Gyurta of Hungary was fourth in 59.88

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  • 2012 European Champ: Sarah Poewe, Germany, 1:07.33
  • 2010 European Champ: Yulia Efimova, Russia, 1:06.32
  • Meet Record: Yulia Efimova, Russia, 1:06.32 – 2010
  • World Record: Ruta Meilutyte, Lithuania, 1:04.35 – 2013
  • European Record: Ruta Meilutyte, Lithuania, 1:04.35 – 2013

Nothing particularly noteworthy here: Rikke Moeller Pedersen was easily the top qualifier, finishing in 1:06.34, nearly a full second ahead of the next best qualifier.  The second overall seed going into tomorrow night is 17-year-old Italian Arianna Castiglioni, who cut another two tenths from her breakout prelims slim to finish in 1:07.31.  Jennie Johansson of Sweden finished second behind Pedersen in the first semifinal to earn the third spot overall with a final time of 1:07.39.

Jessica Vall Montero (1:07.52), Maria Astashkina (1:07.66), Petra Chocova (1:07.70), Moniek Nijhuis (1:07.82), and Vitalina Simonova (1:07.84) will make up the rest of the A-final.

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  • 2012 European Champ: Laszlo Cseh, Hungary, 1:56.66
  • 2010 European Champ: Laszlo Cseh, Hungary, 1:57.73
  • Meet Record: Laszlo Cseh, Hungary, 1:56.66 – 2012
  • World Record: Ryan Lochte, United States, 1:54.00 – 2011
  • European Record: Laszlo Cseh, Hungary, 1:55.18 – 2009

For those of you who were still wondering, yes, Laszlo Cseh is still around, and yes, he’s still fast.  The four-time defending European champion opened up a big lead over the first 100 of the second semifinal, and cruised in for the win in 1:58.00.  Philip Heintz of Germany made the heat interesting with a very good all-around swim for second in 1:58.17, while countrymate Markus Diebler was the winner of the first semifinal in 1:59.43.

Spain’s Eduardo Solaeche Gomez, who swam collegiately for the University of Florida, was second in that heat in 1:59.64 for fifth overall.  His former college teammate Marcin Cieslak (2014 NCAA champion in the short course 200 yard IM) will in lane eight tomorrow after sneaking into the final by 0.09 with a final time of 2:00.32.  Britain’s Roberto Pavoni (1:59.54), Italy’s Federico Turrini (1:59.80), and Portugal’s Alexis Manacas Santos (2:00.12) make up the rest of the A-final.

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  • 2012 European Champ: Alexianne Castel, France, 2:08.41
  • 2010 European Champ: Lizzie Simmonds, Great Britain, 3:07.04
  • Meet Record: Krisztina Egerszegi, Hungary, 2:06.62 – 1991
  • World Record: Missy Franklin, United States, 2:04.06 – 2012
  • European Record: Anastasia Zueva, Russia, 2:04.94 – 2009

Although it wasn’t particularly fast, the women’s 200 backstroke brought what might have been the most entertaining race of the night.  Simona Baumrtova of the Czech Republic took an early lead through the 100 mark at 1:02.81 before the field, particularly Duane Da Rocha Marce and Elizabeth Simmonds.  With Baumrtova carrying a half-second lead but fading quickly at the final turn, five women (Baumrtova, Daria Ustinova, Da Rocha Marce, Simmonds, and Melanie Costa Schmid) were within 1.2 seconds of each other.  Da Rocha Marce was the fastest closer, getting her hand on the wall for the win in 2:09.37, just ahead of Simmonds, who was second in 2:09.66, and Ustinova (third, 2:09.79).

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  • 2012 European Champ: Paul Biedermann, Germany, 1:46.27
  • 2010 European Champ: Paul Biedermann, Germany, 1:46.06
  • Meet Record: Pieter van den Hoogenband, 1:44.89 – 2002
  • World Record: Paul Biedermann, Germany, 1:42.00 – 2009
  • European Record: Paul Biedermann, Germany, 1:42.00 – 2009

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  • 2012 European Champ: N/A
  • 2010 European Champ: N/A
  • Meet Record:  N/A
  • World Record: Australia, 3:46.52 – 2014
  • European Record: Russia, 3:48.74 – 2014

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bobo gigi

You are again very late swimswam for the live recap.

bobo gigi

The discussion about this live session has already begun for one hour on the day 2 prelims topic.

bobo gigi

Women’s 200 back final to come.
Very open race.
Can someone swim at least 2.08?


Nope, only a 2:09+


Very slow race, ustinova, zevina, simmonds and mensing shouldve been faster.

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