2016 European Championships Day 7 Finals 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
  • Meet Central
  • Psych Sheet
  • Live Results
  • Live Stream


  1. Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) – 24.07 (CR)
  2. Fran Halsall (GBR) – 24.44
  3. Jeanette Ottesen (DEN) – 24.61

Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands took won her first gold of the competition in the women’s 50 freestyle taking the event in a time of 24.07 breaking the championship record of 24.09 set by Marleen Veldhuis in 2008. Kromowidjojo’s time is currently the second fastest in the world next to Cate Campbell‘s 23.84 and is only two one-hundredths of a second off of the Olympic champion’s lifetime best of 24.05, which she recorded at the 2012 Olympics and the 2013 World Championships.

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Fran Halsall of Great Britain finished second in a time of 24.44, which is 23 one-hundredths of slower than the 24.21 that she posted in the semi-final. Jeanette Ottesen of Denmark finished third in a time of 24.61.


  1. Florent Manaudou (FRA) – 21.73
  2. Andriy Grovorov (UKR) – 21.79
  3. Ben Proud (GBR) – 21.85

Florent Manaudou of France took the men’s 50 freestyle in a time of 21.73 finishing just ahead of Ukrainian Andriy Grovorov hit the wall in a time of 21.79. Manaudou’s time is well of his season’s best of 21.42, which he posted in early April.

Grovorov’s time breaks his own Ukrainian national record of 21.80, which he set at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona.

Ben Proud of Great Britain finished third in a time of 21.85.


  1. Jennie Johansson (SWE) – 30.81
  2. Hrafnhildu Luthersdottir (ISL) – 30.91
  3. Jenna Laukkanen (FIN) – 30.95

World champion Jennie Johansson of Sweden won the women’s 50 breaststroke in a tight race with Hrafnhildu Luthersdottir of Iceland and Jenna Laukkanen of Finland. Johansson took the event in a time of 30.81, which is a tenth of a second slower than her season’s best of 30.71.

Coming into the competition no Icelandic swimmer had ever win a medal at a long course European Championships, on the final day Luthersdottir earned hers and the country’s third medal of the competition. The 24 year old won the silver in a time of 30.91 eight one-hundredths of a second off her semi-final time of 30.83.

Earlier in the competition Luthersdottir won the silver in the 100 breaststroke and the bronze in the 200 breaststroke.

Laukkanen picked up the bronze in a time of 30.95 also slower than her semi-final time of 30.81.


  1. Franziska Hentke, Germany, 2:07.23
  2. Liliana Szilagyi, Hungary, 2:07.24
  3. Judit Ignacio Sorribes, Spain, 2:07.52

Germany’s Franziska Hentke pulled out the win in the women’s 200 fly with a late charge on the last 50, touching in 2:07.23. She snagged the gold from Hungary’s Liliana Szilagyi on the last stroke, as Szilagyi looked to have the win in the closing metres. She ended up touching just 0.01 behind in 2:07.24.

Judit Ignacio Sorribes was the leader at the 150m mark, but faltered down the last 50 and ended up 3rd in a very tight finish. She was 2:07.52 for 3rd, and Zsuzsanna Jakabos of Hungary just missed the medals, 4th in 2:07.75.

MEN’S 400 IM

  1. David Verraszto, Hungary, 4:13.15
  2. Richard Nagy, Slovakia, 4:14.16
  3. Federico Turrini, 4:14.74

Hungarian David Verraszto defended his 2014 European title in the men’s 400 IM touching in 4:13.15 to claim the gold. Verraszto went from third after the fly to nearly a two second lead after the backstroke and never looked back, winning by over a second. This is also Verraszto’s fourth consecutive medal in this event, as he won silver in both 2010 and 2012.

Slovakia’s Richard Nagy used a strong freestyle leg to claim 2nd in 4:14.16, while Italy’s Federico Turrini finished 3rd in 4:14.74. Turrini fended off Gergely Gyurta (4:14.94) and Max Litchfield (4:15.10) in a very tight battle for bronze.


  1. Boglarka Kapas, Hungary, 4:03.47
  2. Jazz Carlin, Great Britain, 4:04.85
  3. Mireia Belmonte Garcia, Spain, 4:06.89
Hungary’s Boglarka Kapas completed a distance triple on Sunday in the women’s 400 free. She led the race wire-to-wire, eventually winning in 4:03.47 by a body-length ahead of the home team’s Jazz Carlin (4:04.85).
While Kapas never really trailed once the race truly began, the event was a virtual dead-heat for silver through 200 meters. At that point, Carlin and Belmonte (4:06.89) separated themselves out, and it wound up being a rather anticlimactic finish.
Kapas now has won 4 gold medals this week: in the 400, 800, and 1500 frees, as well as part of Hungary’s 800 free relay. Previously, her only senior-level international gold was a 2012 title in the 800 free.


The British women’s team made up of Kathleen Dawson, Chloe Tutton, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and Fran Halsall took the 4 x 100 medley in a time of 3:58.57 finishing over two seconds ahead of the Italian team who grabbed the silver in a time of 4:00.73.

  • Dawson – 59.82
  • Tutton – 1:06.99
  • O’Connor – 57.69
  • Halsall – 54.12

Finland finished third in a time of 4:01.49. The time was a new Finnish record breaking the mark of 4:02.30, which they put up at the 2015 World Championships.


  1. Great Britain, 3:32.15
  2. France, 3:33.89
  3. Hungary, 3:34.12

The British team used the home crowd to their advantage, jumping out to a big lead on the breaststroke leg courtesy of Adam Peaty and never looked back. The Brits touched in 3:32.15 for gold, well ahead of the French who had a strong anchor from Florent Manaudou moving them up to silver in 3:33.89, and Hungary pulled out the bronze in 3:34.12 thanks to a massive fly leg from Laszlo Cseh.

Peaty, along with Chris Walker-Hebborn (54.23) on back, James Guy (51.69) on fly, and Duncan Scott (48.15) on free the swimmers for Great Britain. Peaty had an unbelievable leg of 58.08, including a first 50 split just off the 50 breast world record- 26.48. It’s even more incredible because his reactant time was far from perfect at 0.24.

Other big splits include Manaudou who was 47.55 on freestyle for France and Cseh who was 50.33 on fly for Hungary. Kristian Gkolomeev also had a fast freestyle leg for Greece, moving them up to 4th with his 47.60 leg.

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6 years ago

I think the top 3 swimming nations in Europe are
1) Britain
2) Hungary and
3) russia

France has no depth.

I think Britain and Hungary have the most promising young upcoming swimmers in Europe but Britain has the edge because of their larger population.

Reply to  carlo
6 years ago

Thats basically what i said earlier. GB is number 1, Hungary is number 2, Russia is number 3. GB has more depth than Hungary. I dont agree about the upcoming swimmer part. Hungary has Kesely, Szilagyi, Kenderesi and … which other young swimmer might fight for medals until 2020? Russia has Sedov, Chupkov, Pakhomov, Rylov, Openysheva or Ustinova and especially Chupkov/Rylov/Ustinova are either already medal contenders or should be medal contenders very soon.
Germany, Spain and Italy have also some interesting talents, but i agree that the future for french swimming doesnt look very bright.

6 years ago

Glad this thing has finished . Fights over nothing .

Victor P
6 years ago

There could potentially be 5 women swimming sub 24 in Rio (Campbell sisters, Sjostrom, Halsall, Kromowidjojo). I think it’s going to take sub 23.9 to medal and I think the winning time will be very close to the WR.

6 years ago

Does anyone know what’s going on with Walker-Hebborn? In trials he didn’t swim well (he was on antibiotics two weeks before them as he said) and now he missed the final with some really slow times for his standards (54 high).

6 years ago

But today he swam 54.23 in the relay. So perhaps nothing serious.

bobo gigi
6 years ago

Men’s 4X100 medley relay final

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Women’s 4X100 medley relay final

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