2015 European Games: Chupkov, Steenbergen Scare Jr World Records

2015 European Games

  • Tuesday, June 23 – Saturday, June 27, 2015
  • Baku Aquatic Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Prelims: 12:30 am EST; Finals: 8:30 am EST
  • Meet Preview
  • Start lists, timeline and results can be found here.
  • Live Video

The swimming events were not included in the original announcement of the games and its structure. Ultimately LEN would agreed to participate in the event July of 2013, but because of where the games were situated in the competition calendar they decided the swimming events would only include junior athletes.

Because of this fact Baku will replace the European Junior Swimming Championships, an event which will be held in Hodmezovasarhely, Hungary next year.

The games, which began on June 12th and will conclude on June 28th, will involve 6000 athletes from 50 countries in 20 different sports.

Women’s 50 Breaststroke – Semifinals

Maria Astashkina of Russia powered through the women’s 50 breaststroke to claim the top seed going into finals. She was one of three athletes to break 32 seconds with her time of 31.47. Germany’s Laura Kelsch and Turkey’s Gulsen Beste Samanci were also under 32 seconds at 31.9’s.

Eight different countries will be represented in the final later in the session.

Men’s 50 Butterfly – Semifinals

Andrii Khloptsov of Ukraine posted the fastest time of the men’s 50 butterfly semifinal with a 23.90. He was just ahead of Bruno Blaskovic and Michal Chudy, touching them out by less than a tenth of a second. It took a 24.37 to qualify for the final in this event.

Russia and Poland were the only two countries to put two swimmers into the final. Danill Pakhomov and Roman Shevliakov qualified fourth and fifth for Russia and Michal Chudy and Pawel Sendyk were third and seventh for Poland.

Women’s 400 Medley – FINALS

Great Britain’s Abbie Wood won the first ever European Games swimming medal with her time of 4:41.97 for the Gold medal. She pulled away from the field, winning the women’ 400 IM by three seconds. The silver medal went to Ilaria Cusinato of Italy at 4:44.01 and Anja Crevar of Serbia won the bronze medal with a 4:45.84.

Wood’s teammate, Georgia Coates, just missed the podium with a time of 4:46.52 .

Men’s 200 Breaststroke – Semifinals

Anton Chupkov of Russia scared the Junior World Record to claim the top time in the men’s 200 breaststroke with his time of 2:10.69. The current jr World Record is held by Japan’s Ippei Watanabe at 2:10.23. Chupkov’s teammate, Kirill Mordashev had the second fastest time of the day at 2:13.29.

Women’s 200 Butterfly – Semifinals

Spain earned the top seed going into finals of the women’s 200 butterfly with a top time of 2:11.52 from Carmen Balbuena Heredia. The finals race will be close, with the top three swimmers all qualified within .3 seconds of each other. Five different countries will be represented in the final. Hungary, Italy, and Great Britain all put both of their swimmers into finals.

Men’s 400 Freestyle – FINALS

Germany’s Paul Henschel will go down in the history books as the first male in history to win a European Games Swimming medal. He put together a fantastic race from lane one to overtake the field and win with a final time of 3:52.43. There was something fast about the lane one side of the pool, as lanes one, two, and three were the three swimmers that made the podium. Greece’s Dimitrios Dimitriou finished second for the silver medal at 3:52.57 and Ernest Maksumov of Russia picked up the bronze medal with a 3:52.65.

Spain’s Marc Vivas Egea just missed the podium with his fourth place time of 3:53.92.

Women’s 100 Freestyle – Semifinals

The Netherlands have a new sprint star in the making. Marrit Steenbergen blew away the field to earn the top qualifying spot in the women’s 100 freestyle. She nearly broke the Junior World Record with her time of 53.97. The current record was set by Shen Duo in 2014 at 53.84.

Russian sprinters Arina Openysheva and Mariia Kameneva were the only other swimmers to break 56 seconds at 55.26 and 55.36, respectively.

Men’s 100 Backstroke – Semifinals

Luke Greenbank was the next swimmer to finish within striking distance of the Jr World Record. He posted the fastest 100 backstroke of the morning with his time of 54.65. Apostolos Christou currently holds the jr World Record with his time of 54.03.

Marek Ulrich was the only other swimmer under 55 seconds during the semifinals with his time of 54.99.

There was a tie for eighth place between Robert Glinta of Romania and Tomas Franta of the Czech Republic at 55.70 that requires a swim off.

Women’s 200 backstroke – Semifinals

Italian swimmer Martina Rossi was the only swimmer to break 2:13 during the semifinal round of the women’s 200 backstroke. She will be the top seed going into finals tomorrow. Her teammate, Giulua Ramatelli, qualified fifth with her time of 2:14.93. They were the only country to put two swimmers into the final.

It took a 2:16.65 to qualify for the final.

Men’s 50 Butterfly – FINALS

Andrii Khloptsov of Ukraine was just off his time from the semifinal earlier in the session, but his 23.92 was enough to secure the gold medal in the event. He narrowly edged out Poland’s Sendyk Pawel who finished second at 23.97 from the outside lane for Silver. The bronze medal went to Daniil Pakhomov of Russia with a 24.02.

Pakhomov’s teammate, Roman Shevliakov just missed the podium with his fourth place time of 24.05.

Women’s 50 Breaststroke – FINALS

Maria Ashtashkina secured Russia’s first swimming medal of the European Games with her time of 31.58. Laura Kelsch of Germany finished second for the silver medal with a 31.87, and Nolwenn Herve picked up the bronze medal at 32.08.

Women’s 800 Freestyle – Timed Final

Holly Hibbott picked up Great Britains second gold medal of the day with her winning time of 8:39.02 in the women’s 800 freestyle. It was a very close race with Russia’s Anastasiia Kirpichnikova who won the silver medal with a time of 8:39.73. Marina Castro Atalaya won the bronze medal with her final time of 8:45.51.

Men’s 4×100 Freestyle Relay – FINALS

Great Britain’s relay of Duncan Scott, Martyn Walton, Daniel Speers, and Cameron Kurle followed Hibbot’s lead by holding off Italy and Russia to win the Gold medal. They finished with a final time of 3:19.58. Italy touched out Russia at the wall to secure the silver medal. Their final time was 3:20.19, only .02 seconds ahead of Russia at 3:20.22.

Women’s 4×100 Freestyle Relay – FINALS

The Russia team of Arina Openysheva, Vasilissa Buinaia, Olesia Cherniatina, and Mariia Kameneva combined to win the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay with their time of 3:43.63.

Russia was nearly run down by the Netherlands thanks to an incredible 53.00 anchor split from 15 year old Marrit Steenbergen. They picked up the silver medal with their time of 3:44.10, and Great Britain won the bronze medal at 4:35.80.

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Dee
6 years ago

Marrit Steenbergen is the real deal – 53.97s born in 2000? Christ. Her start is poor, reminded me of Cate Campbell, but her speed is so easy. 25.95 to her feet with a beautifully long stroke – She transforms the chances of both Dutch freestyle relays. This girl won’t get half the hype of Manuel or Weitzeil. Ranomi needs to be looking around, her title defence is not a given in the 100.

emg1986
Reply to  Dee
6 years ago

Totally agree, Steenbergen is a star in the making. Certainly makes the 4x100m free relay at Rio interesting.

thomaslurzfan
Reply to  Dee
6 years ago

Steenbergen just split 53.00 in 4 x 100 free relay!

Dee
Reply to  thomaslurzfan
6 years ago

The girl is going to be something special!

Do you know much about Maxine Wolters, TLF? She looks a bit special, I love her backstroke, I’d tip her to be better than Sonnele Oezturk quite soon.

thomaslurzfan
Reply to  Dee
6 years ago

Her best events are 100/200 back and 200/400 IM (2.13, 4.46), but sadly she wont compete in 100 back and 400 IM. I hoped that we would see her at senior world championships this year (200 IM), but i dont think that she will swim both events. She is the daughter of Marion Zoller who competed at 1992 olympic games (also in 200 back).

Dee
Reply to  thomaslurzfan
6 years ago

I’ll keep an eye on her progress, she looks to have a lot of potential for improvement on backstroke. Thanks!

SwimFanFinland
Reply to  Dee
6 years ago

Yes,

I just saw Steenbergen’s swim and it looked smooth, easy and long. She is a candidate for a 100m final in Kazan and a medal candidate in Rio in this event. Given her beautiful technique, probably better to focus on the combination of 100m and 200m free rather than 50-100m.

Mark
Reply to  SwimFanFinland
6 years ago

She won’t swim an individual distance in Kazan. She is only there for the relays. As during the qualifications in April only Heemskerk and Kromowidjojo qualified for the 100 Freestyle.

Nevertheless it is going to be an interesting battle between the three ladies next year whom of them will grab the two individual tickets. I will put bet on Heemskerk & Steenbergen.

Dee
6 years ago

Great day for Britain – The only mistake was Kurle & Chisholm misjudging the 400 Free heats, both have been faster than the gold medal winning time. Great comeback from Kurle anchoring the 4×100 in 49.79s though.

Steenbergen looks in a different class overall – I can’t see Openysheva competing with her tomorrow.. Her split in the relay was 53.00!!!

thomaslurzfan
6 years ago

I dont understand why there has to be an age limit for this competition.
Johannes Hintze is too young to compete, but he could easily win the gold medal in 400 IM and instead he will compete at senior world championships.

Dee
Reply to  thomaslurzfan
6 years ago

Agreed.. So many talents miss out unnecessarily!

thomaslurzfan
6 years ago

Until now of all the winning times only the one in womens 400 IM was impressive, i think we will see a lot of very fast times tomorrow (womens 100/400 free (Steenbergen, Openysheva), womens 200 back, womens 200 breast (Astashkina), womens 200 fly, mens 100/1500 free, mens 200 breast, mens 100 back, mens 200 fly).

bobo gigi
6 years ago

It’s stunning to see a so small country like Netherlands producing so many female sprint champions year after year. AMAZING!
She has a smooth stroke. Beautiful to watch. Great job by the coach.
At the pace she improves, no doubt Steenbergen can swim 53 low next year.
Add Heemskerk in 52 mid, Ranomi in 52 high/53 low and Dekker in 53 high/54 low and you have a strong olympic gold medal contender.
And she can swim the 200 free very well too. Already 1.59 recently. Probably 1.56/1.57 next year. Add Heemskerk in 1.54, Van Rouwendaal in 1.56 and Dekker, Ranomi or Vermeulen in 1.57 and you have a strong olympic silver medal contender.

thomaslurzfan
Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

53 low next year? I think she can swim 53 low tomorrow in final or at least 53.5. With a split time of 53.00 she should be able to swim 53.5 or faster. She will be able to improve the junior world record until the end of 2017! I think she could set a junior world record that wont be broken for a very long time …
I agree that the Netherlands always produce great athletes in womens free, but they are also missing good athletes in most other events (male and female). I think its very similiar to the situation in France (on the mens side). France also keeps producing great athletes in mens freestyle, but is missing… Read more »

bobo gigi
Reply to  thomaslurzfan
6 years ago

By 53 low, I mean between 53.00 and 53.20.

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The writer formerly known as "Troy Gennaro", better known as Tony Carroll, has been working with SwimSwam since April of 2013. Tony grew up in northern Indiana and started swimming in 2003 when his dad forced him to join the local swim team. Reluctantly, he joined on the condition that …

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