2016 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 5
- 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
- Meet Central
- Psych Sheet
- Live Results
- Live Stream
Last night, Laszlo Cseh had a “big swim” that changed the landscape of the world 200 Butterfly. Today he will start to try and win his third butterfly medal of the week, after taking silver in the 50 butterfly on day 2.
Radoslaw Kawecki would love to make a similar statement in the 200 backstroke. He is the class of the field here but a little improvement could put him in the gold medal conversation.
Men’s 200 Backstroke
- David Foldhazi, HUN 1:57.69
- Radoslaw Kawecki, POL 1:58.41
- Yakov Toumarkin, ISR 1:58.44
- Gabor Balog, HUN 1:58.70
- Luke Greenbank, GBR 1:58.81
- Danas Rapsys, LTU 1:58.95
- Christopher Ciccarese, ITA 1:59.08
- Luca Mencerini, ITA 1:59.19
The field was reserved in this morning final, with no swimmers approaching the meet record of 1:55.28 by Kawecki. The Polish star won two years ago in 1:56.02, but will need to go faster in this meet to take victory.
Both Kawecki and Balog will advance to the semi and have a chance to match their medals from 2014. Kawecki was the top European when he won a silver medal at last summer’s worlds. The swimmer that was hot on his heels, now European record holder Evgeny Rylov, is one of many Russian starts not taking part this weekend.
Women’s 200 Freestyle
- Femke Heemskerk, NED 1:57.91
- Federica Pellegrini, ITA 1:57.96
- Charlotte Bonnet, FRA 1:58.54
- Patricia Castro, ESP 1:58.72
- Nina Rangelova, BUL 1:59.17
- Maria Ugulkova, SUI 1:59.47
- Esmee Vermeulen, NED 1:59.51
- Melanie Costa, ESP 1:59.51
Sarah Sjostrom declined to participate, leaving the event a little bit more wide open. Pellegrini is won two years ago and was even faster in Kazan. Heemskerk was also a medalist in Berlin last time around.
Both Pellegrini and Heemskerk present contrasting styles that should make for entertaining races through the semi and finals. Heemskerk is more aggressive, while Pellegrini will almost certainly win if she is within striking range on the final 50.
Men’s 100 Butterfly
- Laszlo Cseh, HUN 52.05
- Piero Coda, ITA 52.38
- Pawel Korzeniowski, POL 52.46
- Konrad Czerniak, POL 52.48
- Mehdy Metella, FRA 52.49
- Matteo Rivolta, ITA 52.65
- Lyubomyr Lemeshko, UKR 52.65
- Soeren Dahl, DEN 52.78
Laszlo Cseh once again led qualifying with a strong 52.05. If his performance in this race follows the last two, it is possible that we could see a 50 second 100 butterfly from the Hungarian in the final.
That time would break Czerniak’s meet record of 51.38, set when he beat Cseh two years ago for the title in Berlin. Both Czerniak and Metella has been 51 low before, but both will need to find big improvements to overcome Cseh.
Women’s 50 Backstroke
- Georgia Davies, GBR 27.87
- Mie Nielsen, DEN 28.02
- Francesa Halsall, GBR 28.12
- Maaike De Waard, NED 28.17
- Mimosa Jallow, FIN 28.31
- Katarina Listapadova, SVK 28.55
- Caroline Pilhatsch, AUT 28.57
- Theodora Drakou, GRE 28.57
Both Halsall and Davies bested Nielsen two years ago, but the Dane is hot after her big victory in the 100 backstroke. It is very likely that the championship record of 27.64 will be in play as we go through the next two rounds.
Nielsen was 27.7 last summer to finish 6th at Worlds, the highest finish of any European swimmer in that race.
Men’s 50 Breaststroke
- Adam Peaty, GBR 26.93
- Peter Stevens, SLO 27.32
- Andrea Toniato, ITA 27.37
- Damir Dugonjic, SLO 27.49
- Caba Siladji, SRB 27.54
- Ross Murdoch, GBR 27.57
- Panagiotis Samilidis, GRE 27.72
- Sami Aaltomaa, FIN 27.73
Adam Peaty wasted no time in putting a scare in his meet record of 26.82 in this morning’s preliminary. The British star, having already won the 100 earlier in the meet, is an overwhelming favorite to capture this final.
Peter Stevens, who trains in the US at the University of Tennessee, continues to have a strong year, led two Slovenians into the semi. Italy, Britain qualified two a piece as well.
Mixed 4×100 Freestyle Relay
- Netherlands 3:26.89
- Italy 3:28.56
- Sweden 3:29.87
- France 3:30.42
- Turkey 3:30.51
- Hungary 3:31.65
- Norway 3:33.78
- Estonia 3:36.26
Many Nations continue to treat the mixed relays as a sideshow, not deigning to use their best possible lineups. This morning’s preliminary avoided the embarrassment of the mixed medley, where two disqualifications thrust Moldova into the final.
Eighth place Estonia was still 10 seconds behind the leading Dutch squad. The Netherlands got a solid leadoff leg from Ben Schweitert (49.38) as well as a good anchor from Maud van der Meer (53.87).
Women’s 1500 Freestyle
- Boglarka Kapas, HUN 16:14.43
- Mireia Belmonte Garcia, ESP 16:14.74
- Maria Vilas Vidal, ESP 16:15.50
- Tjasa Oder, SLO 16:19.95
- Simona Quadarella, ITA 16:26.45
- Adel Juhasz, HUN 16:28.05
- Julia Hassler, LIE 16:30.82
- Gaja Natlacen, SLO 16:31.56
The biggest story in this race will be Belmonte continuing to test her post-injury form. She was in good shape two years ago to set the championship record and a similar time will bode well for her in Rio.
Kapas, perhaps the best Hungarian swimmer with the least attention, will try to make it a distance double after her win in the 800 earlier.