2016 European Championships Day 1 Prelims Live Recap


  • Monday, May 16th – Sunday, May 22nd
  • Prelims: 10:00 AM (London Time) / 5:00 AM (Eastern Time)
  • Finals: 6:00 PM (London Time) / 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
  • London Aquatics Center, London, UK
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One of the biggest swimmers in these European Championships will be in the water for this morning’s first event. James Guy of Britain told his competitors to “watch out” for him, and sees a good performance here as a natural stepping stone to Rio. This meet always has a bit of a different tone in an Olympic year. Some top swimmers are absent, others have already qualified for Rio and may not risk peaking with the Olympics just a few weeks away. Still more swimmers actually have Olympic qualification on the line at this competition. With all that combined, expect some less than predictable results in many events.

Men’s 400 Freestyle

  1. Velimir Stjepanovic, SRB 3:46.72
  2. Peter Bernek, HUN 3:47.05
  3. Gabrielle Detti, ITA 3:47.18
  4. Maarten Brzoskowski, NED 3:47.63
  5. Felix Auboeck, AUT 3:47.92
  6. Henrik Christiansen, NOR 3:48.33
  7. Stephen Milne, GBR 3:48.43
  8. Filip Zaborowski, POL 3:48.43

In a shocker, James Guy did not qualify for the final, in fact he was not even close. The defending world silver medalist finished in 27th at 3:52.91. He swam in a brief and looked flat throughout the race. If this is what Guy meant by trying out some new race strategies, he can make sure to never use these same tactics again.

There were few other surprises in the final. Defending champion Stjepanovic qualified first in what is overall a young final field. Both Auboeck and Christiansen are just 19 years old, and Hungary’s Bernek is the oldest swimmer at 24 years.

Women’s 50 Butterfly

World record holder Sarah Sjostrom glided easily into the top position at 25.59. She was joined her regional nemesis, Jeanette Ottesen, who tied with Ranomi Kromowidjojo for 2nd at 25.80.

Other notable names in the top sixteen were former world record holder Therese Alshammar at a respectable 26.01. Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands and Italy each qualified two swimmers through to the semi-final.

Men’s 100 Backstroke

Robert Glinta set a new national record to qualify first in 53.43. The nineteen year old, coming off a junior swimming career where he never quite broke through, has made dramatic improvements over the last year. Glinta had never been under 54 before.

He was followed with 2013 World Junior champion, Apostolos Christou. Also in the same age vicinity is the 19 year old Simone Sabbioni, who made it in comfortably in 6th.

Great Britain’s men continues to scuffle a bit in front of the home crowd. Although Christopher Walker-Hebborn made the semi, Luke Greenbank touched 22nd and Joseph Hulme was in 45th.

Women’s 400 IM

  1. Katinka Hosszu, HUN 4:30.97
  2. Aimee Wilmott, GBR 4:37.49
  3. Hannah Miley, GBR 4:38.91
  4. Zsuzsanna Jakabos, HUN 4:39.10
  5. Carlotta Toni, ITA 4:39.60
  6. Anja Klinar, SLO 4:41.31
  7. Barbora Zavadova, CZE 4:41.63
  8. Luisa Trombetti, ITA 4:41.87

As usual, Katinka Hosszu wasted no time making her presence known. She blasted to the top seed in 4:30.97, never trailing her heat. That time puts her within 2.5 seconds of Ye Shiwen’s world record and is also close to her personal best of 4:29.89.

She was followed by two British swimmers, Aimee Willmott and Hannah Miley, with countrywoman Zsuzsanna Jakabos on the other side. Italy got two into the final as well.

Men’s 100 Breaststroke

This event drew big cheers from the crowd, as two Britons claimed the top two spots. World record holder Adam Peaty swam a reserved looking 58.94, followed by Ross Murdoch in 59.91. Only Lithuania’s Giedrus Titenis was also under 1:00.

In contrast to earlier races, this semi-final will feature many experienced swimmers. Fabio Scozzoli of Italy qualified in 9th, while Damir Dugonjic is 4th. Also qualifying was 30 year old Valeriy Dymo of the Ukraine, who medaled in 2012 in this race.

Women’s 200 Backstroke

  1. Katinka Hosszu, HUN 2:08.44
  2. Daryna Zevina, UKR 2:09.90
  3. Ekaterina Avramova, TUR 2:11.21
  4. Matea Samardzic, CRO 2:11.30
  5. Margherita Panziera, ITA 2:11.45
  6. Simona Baumrtova, CZE 2:11.53
  7. Kata Burian, HUN 2:11.92
  8. Alicja Tchorz, POL 2:12.87

Katinka Hosszu, who plans on six individual races this weekend, qualified first for her second straight race. Overall the field doesn’t look particularly strong behind her. Her time was faster than it took to win in 2014 and none of the 2014 medalists return to this field.

Tonight Hosszu will have to bounce back quickly from a 400 IM final to make it through the semi in this race.

Of note, Hungarian Reka Gyorgy did touch in 8th but cannot advance to the final as there were already two swimmers from her country in the final.

Men’s 50 Butterfly

Andriy Govorov, the returning bronze medalist in this race, blasted to a time (23.00) two tenths faster than he needed to take that bronze two years ago. He was followed by the swimmer he tied with, Britain’s Benjamin Proud.

Govorov’s time created a huge spread to 16th place, with 24.29 making the semi-final. Defending gold medalist Yauhen Tsurkin just got under 24 to qualify in 8th (23.97.

Women’s 4×100 Freestyle Relay

  1. Netherlands 3:38.58
  2. Italy 3:39.21
  3. Denmark 3:39.38
  4. France 3:41.26
  5. Spain 3:41.57
  6. Switzerland 3:42.10
  7. Finland 3:43.16
  8. Sweden 3:43.25

If the Netherlands are to win Olympic gold in Rio, they will need some of their second level to get closer to the strong duo of Heemskerk and Kromowidjojo. One such audition took place this morning, with only a measured Heemskerk joining three hopefuls: Maud van der Meer, Marrit Steenbergen and Esmee Vermeulen.

Van der Meer was excellent leading off in 54.55, with Steenbergen chipping in a solid 54.49. Still, the two will need to be in the 53s if Netherlands want to have any hope of winning in Brazil.

Britain, who did not swim their best possible lineup, missed the final in 9th.

Men’s 4×100 Freestyle Relay

  1. France 3:16.22
  2. Italy 3:16.42
  3. Belgium 3:16.53
  4. Romania 3:16.54
  5. Greece 3:16.82
  6. Hungary 3:17.15
  7. Spain 3:18.31
  8. Great Britain 3:18.46

Two time defending champion France qualified first with swimmers to add for the final. Their primary competitors, Italy, will be in the lane next to them tonight. In the void left by Russia’s absence, there is hope for the rest of this final of squeezing out a bronze.



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bobo gigi
5 years ago

According to the website of L’Equipe, the French men’s 4X100 free relay, undefeated since 2012, will be composed of Manaudou, Gilot, Meynard and Mignon. No Stravius and Metella.

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

Damn the mass dislikes are back lol

bobo gigi
5 years ago

On the other hand I don’t know if we can take for granted everything we can read on that website.
Some journalists really smoke too much before writing their articles!

Yesterday. Recap of Saturday finals of the Charlotte Grand Prix.
“Father for the 3rd time this weekend, Michael Phelps was not present in Charlotte.”
😆 😆 😆 😆
Google translate, that’s hilarious.

5 years ago

Does anybody know which countries are using this meet for Olympic qualification, other than Italy? Curious as to who may be tapered or rested.

Reply to  Chris DeSantis
5 years ago

Many teams will use the relays to try to get last 4 spots. (As Brazilian I am particulary interested on the women medley)

Reply to  Chris DeSantis
5 years ago

Pieces of Russia are using this as a lasat chance qualifying as well

bobo gigi
5 years ago

On a sad note, I’ve just learned that Eric Gastaldello, Béryl’s father, has passed away yesterday at only 51. I’ve read he won breaststroke French national titles in 1983 and 1984 and swam at 1983 European championships.
All my condolences to Béryl in these difficult times and to the entire Gastaldello family.

5 years ago

James Guy last in his heat – In his briefs… I understand the desire to compete, but, is it really worth it if you are 10s off your best and clearly not expecting to final?

On a positive side – I am relieved – I feared a few might rest up a little for home Euros and jeopardise their Olympics.

Bernek – Can he replicate his SC form?

Bernek/Stjepanovic/Detti for the medals.

Reply to  Dee
5 years ago

James is unrested, untapered and unshaven for Europeans according to swimvortex.


Reply to  Dee
5 years ago

Guy did not even use race suit…

Reply to  Jakob
5 years ago

Yes, I know, that’s my point – It was a training swim for him. Perhaps going through ‘championship’ motions (doping control, tight schedules etc)?

Reply to  Dee
5 years ago

Agree–seems like a training swim, but if he wants to go through the motions, it seems like it would be helpful to make a final, since he obviously wants to do that in Rio. I can see not resting if he doesn’t want to mess with a taper, but why not wear a suit? It’s almost a bit insulting to the current competition, since he must have taken a slot from someone who actually wanted to compete.

Reply to  northernsue
5 years ago

I don’t think he could have made the final today, to be honest – British directors told the team to train through, no resting up… Results are going to be a rollercoaster.

West Coast
Reply to  Dee
5 years ago

I think Henrik Christiansen of Norway may challenge them for the medals. His PB is 3.46, and I’m sure he’ll swim a 3.45 in the final.

Norwegian swimmer
5 years ago

Why does Bobo Gigi keep getting so many downvotes?

bobo gigi
Reply to  Norwegian swimmer
5 years ago

It comes every time from the same 1 or 2 persons. They come suddenly at the same moment. That system of votes is stupid and definitely useless.

Reply to  Norwegian swimmer
5 years ago

Yeah, look at Bobo’s comment above where he expresses condolences for someone’s passing. How can anyone down vote that? It seems proof that the down votes are a product of some automatic bot and the comments aren’t actually read before being down voted. Maybe time to go for a Facebook-like system where you can vote up/like but not down? I do enjoy “liking” a comment that I think is thoughtful, etc.

Stay Human
Reply to  northernsue
5 years ago

Good idea. I second that motion.

5 years ago

German participants:
Mens 50/100 free: No one
Mens 200 free: Mühlleitner
Mens 400 free: Mühlleitner
Mens 800: Straub, Mühlleitner
Mens 1500 free: Straub
Mens 50/100 breast: Pilger
Mens 200 breast: Pilger, Koch
Mens 50/100/200 back: Schwarz
Mens 50 fly: No one
Mens 100 fly: Gierke, Kunert, Forster
Mens 200 fly: Gierke, Kunert
Mens 200 IM: Forster, Wedel
Mens 400 IM: Wedel
Womens 50/100/200 free: No one
Womens 400/800 free: Massone
Womens 1500 free: No one
Womens 50 breast: No one
Womens 100/200 breast: Steiger
Womens 50/100 back: No one
Womens 200 back: Wolters
Womens 50 fly: Höpink
Womens… Read more »

5 years ago

53.43 for 18 yo romanian Glinta …
Not sure if thats good news …

bobo gigi
Reply to  Chris DeSantis
5 years ago

Let’s talk clearly. He/She suspects him of doping.
Unfortunately in that world and that period, looks like now every time someone makes a performance, the word “doping” comes to many people’s mind.
I’m not blind and I’ve myself some doubts about some athletes in different sports. By the way I’m for a zero tolerance. A lifeban after the first positive test for all substances. When you dope, you are doped for life. You will benefit from that during the rest of your career.
But I think that if we start to wonder every time if the guy who performs is doped or not, or worse if we accuse him of doping, then there’s no more pleasure at… Read more »

bobo gigi
Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

His race.
Clearly fully tapered for that meet unlike most of other guys.
Great underwaters.

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Chris DeSantis is a swim coach, writer and swimming enthusiast. Chris does private consulting and coaching with teams and individuals. You can find him at www.facebook.com/cdswimcoach. Chris is a 2009 Graduate from the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology program at the University of Pennsylvania. He was the first professional athletic coach …

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