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The final full morning of the 2016 European Championships will have three 50 meter races, including a 50 meter freestyle from defending Olympic and World Champion Florent Manaudou. Manaudou has been mostly on the sidelines during this event. Based on the heat sheet, his best competition should be Ben Proud. Proud was considerably off in the 100 freestyle, although he put up a good performance to take third in the 50 butterfly.

Also up this morning will be the women’s sprint, which still has plenty of star power even without Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom. Francesca Halsall has been having a strong meet, Jeanette Ottesen has a pair of silver medals already and Ranomi Kromowidjojo is coming off a 52.2 split in the mixed 4×100 relay.

 Women’s 50 Breaststroke

  1. Jennie Johansson, SWE 30.75
  2. Hrafnhildur Luthersdottir, ISL 30.94
  3. Jenna Laukkanen, FIN 31.01
  4. Arianna Castiglioni, ITA 31.02
  5. Mariya Liver, UKR 31.16
  6. Sophie Hansson, SWE 31.19
  7. Natalia Ivaneeva, RUS 31.22
  8. Martina Carraro, ITA 32.27

Ruta Meilutyte is done for the week, leaving this race without a clear favorite. Johansson is the top returner from Berlin and Kazan, but Luthersdottir has been having a career meet over the weekend and is traditionally strong in this race. She has set an Icelandic record in both breaststrokes thus far, and she was just short this morning. Her record sits at 30.90.

Coming off a strong performance that she was non-plussed by, Jessica Vall Montero missed making the semi-final and had to contend with being a reserve.

Men’s 50 Freestyle

  1. Ben Proud, GBR 22.15
  2. Florent Manaudou, FRA 22.18
  3. Andriy Govorov, UKR 22.23
  4. Kristian Gkolomeev, GRE 22.25
  5. Luca Dotto, ITA 22.32
  6. Konrad Czerniak 22.34
  7. Krisztian Takacs 22.39
  8. Federico Bocchia, ITA 22.41

Most of the sprinters remained in hibernation this morning, with nearly a second separating the top seed Proud from the championship record. All three medalists from Berlin 2014 are through to the semi-final. as well as the Euro finalists from Kazan- except for Russia’s Vlad Morozov. Morozov has not taken part in the meet this week.

Missing out on the final was former world record holder Frederick Bousquet in what is perhaps his final individual European Championship swim. Bousquet recorded a 22.75 and is the second alternate for the semi-final.

Women’s 200 Butterfly

  1. Mireia Belmonte Garcia, ESP 2:09.70
  2. Liliana Szilagyi, HUN 2:09.89
  3. Martina Van Berkel, SUI 2:09.95
  4. Franziska Hentke, GER 2:10.13
  5. Stefania Pirozzi, ITA 2:10.20
  6. Zsuzsanna Jakabos, HUN 2:10.21
  7. Judith Ignacio, ESP 2:10.29
  8. Nida Ustundag, TUR 2:10.34

Mireia Belmonte set herself up for a tough night tonight, where she will have to swim a 1500 final and 200 fly semi in the same session. Along with teammate Ignacio, she will try to repeat the 1-2 sweep from 2014. Katinka Hosszu, who won bronze in that competition, did not start in this race.

There were no European medalists at last summer’s worlds, although that could mostly be attributed to Belmonte’s injury, since the winning time was slower than her 2014 time.

Women’s 50 Freestyle

  1. Ranomi Kromowidjojo, NED 24.80
  2. Jeanette Ottesen, DEN 24.98
  3. Anna Santamans, FRA 25.00
  4. Aleksandra Urbanczyk 25.10
  5. Francesca Halsall, GBR 25.11
  6. Yuliya Khitraya, BLR 25.16
  7. Kim Busch, NED 25.33
  8. Erika Ferraioli, 25.35

All the expected names made it through, although the absence of Sjostrom took a likely medalist out of the equation. Also making it through to another semi was Sweden’s Therese Alshammar, the only swimmer in the entire field that was born in the 1970s.

The field will have a long way to go to set any records in this race, with the Championship record sitting at 24.09 and the European/World mark at 23.73

Men’s 4×200 Freestyle Relay

  1. Hungary 7:12.46
  2. Great Britain 7:13.68
  3. France 7:13.83
  4. Belgium 7:13.97
  5. Netherlands 7:14.07
  6. Italy 7:14.34
  7. Poland 7:15.91
  8. Israel 7:16.25

Hungary took the top spot, aided by one of the fastest splits in the filed by Dominik Kozma (1:47.25). But the real show stealer was Serbia’s Velimir Stepjanovic, who led off his country’s relay in 1:46.74. Unfortunately, it was not enough to propel Serbia into the final.

Great Britain did not use either James Guy or Robbie Renwick on their morning relay, giving them some options to upgrade for the final. Look for Dan Wallace and Ieuan Lloyd to possibly be replaced for the night final.

France used Yannick Agnel, who swam a fairly pedestrian 1:48.28




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bobo gigi

Manaudou very easy in the 50 free prelims. No rival at this meet.
Bousquet only 22.75. Not qualified for semifinals. Like Orsi.

Irish Ringer

He needs to take it easy. Those rounds of 50 free have to be grueling for him.

bobo gigi

French line-up in the men’s 4X200 free relay this morning

bobo gigi

Always stunned by Ranomi’s starts. Huge favorite for gold.
Then Halsall and Ottesen for silver and bronze.
I fear for French Santamans that she finishes 4th in final.

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