2015 European Short Course Championships Day 5 Prelims Live Recap


(Note for those reading results: Only TWO swimmers per nation may advance to the semi-finals, therefore you will see some swimmers from bigger countries “skipped” in the order of Qs in preliminary results)


Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom was the class of the field this morning, and she will enter finals with the top time at 23.81. She will have to keep an eye out for the Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojo, whose 23.95 made her the only other swimmer to dip under 24 seconds this morning.

Rounding out the top 8 were Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen (24.13), Russia’s Rozaliya Nasretdinova (24.30), Poland’s Aleksandra Urbanczyk (24.34), Belarus’ Aliaksandra Herasimenia (24.35), the Netherlands’ Inge Dekker (24.40), and Italy’s Erika Ferraioli (24.42).

It took a 24.86 to get a second swim tonight. Notably, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu qualified for a semifinal swim with a 24.51 to place her 9th. It is unclear whether she will choose to swim this tonight as she is also competing in the 400 free.

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Italy’s Simone Sabbioni posted the top time of the morning with a 23.41 out of the last heat. He is also knocking on the door of his own national record of 23.39 from last year’s World Championships in Qatar, and considering how tight the field is, he may get the little bit of extra push required to set the new mark tonight.

Following close behind Sabbioni were Great Britain’s Christopher Walker-Hebborn (23.46), Poland’s Tomasz Polewka (23.47), Belarus’ Pavel Sankovich (23.57), Israel’s Guy Barnea (23.64), Israel’s Jonatan Kopelev (23.67), Estonia’s Ralf Tribuntsov (23.72), and Turkey’s Baslakov Iskender (23.74).

It took a 24.12 to earn a second swim, and there is actually a tie for 16th between Romania’s Robert Glinta and Russia’s Stanislav Donets (24.12). Donets was actually the top seed entering the event, so he will have to perform better in the event of a swim-off in order to secure an opportunity to swim again tonight.

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For the first time this week, a Turkish swimmer emerged as the top seed entering finals, with Viktoria Gunes (2:21.01) pacing the field. She is knocking on the door of her own national record of 2:20.52 from last month, and we may also get to see her become the first swimmer from her country to dip under 2:20 in the event tonight.

Following behind her were Belgium’s Fanny Lecluyse (2:21.43), Russia’s Maria Astashkina (2:21.56), Germany’s Vanessa Grimberg (2:21.96), Croatia’s Ana Radic (2:22.51), Italy’s Ilaria Scarcella (2:22.64), the Czech Republic’s Martina Moravcikova (2:23.20), and Hungary’s Dalma Sebestyen (2:23.20).

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Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh was in open water for the entirety of his race, and he posted the top time in prelims with a 1:51.54. Coming off a victory in the 100 fly a few nights ago, the Hungarian will surely be looking to complete the double in finals tonight.

Rounding out the top 8 were Denmark’s Viktor Bromer (1:53.40), the Czech Republic’s Jan Sefl (1:53.79), Germany’s Markus Gierke (1:53.80), Belgium’s Louis Croenen (1:54.10), Germany’s Philip Heintz (1:54.37), Sweden’s Simon Sjoedin (1:54.37), and Hungary’s David Verraszto (1:54.39).

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In her last individual preliminary swim of these Championships, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu paced the field with a 4:01.68. Unlike some of her other events this week, though, she holds a VERY slim lead, and this may prove to be her closest race of the week in finals. Great Britain’s Jazmin Carlin (4:01.72) is right behind her, and the Netherlands’ Femke Heemskerk (4:02.07) is within striking distance as well.

Rounding out the rest of the top 8 were Italy’s Diletta Carli (4:02.44), Hungary’s Boglarka Kapas (4:02.64), Italy’s Erica Musso (4:02.97), Great Britain’s Hannah Miley (4:03.73), and the Netherland’s Sharon Rouwendaal (4:04.75).

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The Russian quartet of Andrei Shabasov, Andrei NikolaevAleksandr Popkov, and Nikita Konovalov teamed up to lead all countries this morning with a 1:33.87.

Also qualifying for finals were relays from Italy (1:34.30), Belarus (1:34.40), Estonia (1:34.79), Germany (1:34.80), Turkey (1:34.85), Lithuania (1:34.93), and Hungary (1:35.63).



The Russian women would follow in the steps of their male teammates as Daria Ustinova, Natalia IvaneevaAlina Kashinskaya, and Veronika Popova combined their efforts to post a field-leading 1:47.26.

Rounding out the rest of the top 8 were Sweden (1:47.41), Italy (1:47.93), Finland (1:48.21), the Czech Republic (1:48.37), the Netherlands (1:48.71), Germany (1:48.96), and Turkey (1:48.99).


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bobo gigi
7 years ago

Sjöström vs Ranomi should be interesting to watch.

If Gunes is at the same level in SCM as in long course, she must be able to swim much faster than 2.20 in the 200 breast final.

Can Cseh break the European record of 1.49.46 in the 200 fly?

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