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
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  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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Mark O

What a great way to end the championships with two excellent wins by Team GB. They’ll be a force to be reckoned with come Rio in these medley relays.

bobo gigi

If your backstroker can improve, they will be strong medal contenders.
But I think France will finish ahead. 😉


You are only talking about the mens side, right? There is absolutely NO CHANCE that you will win a medal in womens medley relay, your goal should be to reach the final. On the mens side you might have a chance for bronze, but Japan, China, Russia and maybe even South Africa will also fight for a medal. Australian breast leg + Australian back leg = GB breast leg + GB back leg, but Australia has a much faster free leg and also a faster fly leg. USA has a much faster fly leg, a much faster back leg and a much faster free leg, but they will lose about 1s on the breast leg. Those two teams should easily… Read more »


Sorry, it should have been “…, maybe you can make up all the TIME on the breast leg …” (end of line 6)


I think Hungary will be there in the mix somwhere. We’ll have Cseh+Gyurta+some up and coming young guns.:)


No, sorry, i really dont see that happening. I forgot about Brazil, on paper they should also reach the final. Lets compare the hungarian relay with the german relay which will probably fight for the last spot in the final: You win about 1s on the fly leg, but you lose more about 0.4 on the free leg (48.54 from Wierling vs. 48.92 from Bohus), about 0.6 on the back leg (53.61 from Glania vs. 54.20 from Balog) and at the breast leg you will also lose time, unless Gyurta suddenly gets into an amazing shape (which sadly isnt impossible). Overall you are slower on paper than the german relay, so it would be really surprising if you would make… Read more »


I’d be surprised if Szilagyi would be our only chance for gold in the future frankly. We have some serious young swimmers about to emerge from the status of being relatively unknown yet.


Kenderesi will beat them. And Biczo will be the second Hungarian gun in 200 fly so it’s time to get up Bence.


Let’s wait for your trial and see.


So you compared some times of some swimmers :). Great. No need to actaully swim in Rio, because you have the results in your book.I will call the president of FINA to not bother organizing the swimming meet in Rio. Today Kapas swam more than 2 seconds faster than her pb before. See where I’m getting here? Gyurta will be fast, Cseh will be super fast and Hungary will be in the final. Mark my words.


Ok, i understand, there is no sense in discussing with you, good to know. I clearly state the facts and you just reply with “No matter what the facts are, Hungary still will make the final because i want it to be like that”. Thats not how grown-ups discuss, maybe you will learn that when you get older. Of couse Hungary can reach the final, i never said that its impossible, its just unlikely in my opinion and you didnt give me a single reason to believe otherwise.


There is not much sense arguing with you either. You just use calculated with numbers from the past – even if it’s from the recent past – and based on those numbers and your gut instinct – I guess – you ranked the nations. How grown-up is that? It is your own little world where you know everything better than anyone else, isn’t it? Don’t worry, when you grow up you’ll get past this phase..BTW Hungary was 5th in 2012 London. Against all odds, or only your odds? And I’m pretty grown-up FYI 🙂


Thomas I think Brazil will reach final
A 53 flat back 59 flat breast 52 flat fly and 48 flat free. That by itself adds up to something around 3:32, I think Guido Martins and chiereginni have room to improve. A 3:29 3:30 is not impossible.


Yes, i already corrected myself and mentioned Brazil. I think GB, Australia, USA, China, Japan, Russia, South Africa and Brazil will reach the final. I dont think that you will get anywhere close to a medal and its really annoying that almost all fans always predict crazy times for their swimmers. I guess you cant do anything about it, although i dont understand all those crazy predictions, lets just wait and see. I dont expect any german swimmer to be faster in Rio, so i wont get disappointed. When you only expect huge improvements then you will always get disappointed.

bobo gigi

Congrats to the Hungarian team for a stellar meet.
GB solid at home.
Average week for France overall but we didn’t expect much. The goal is Rio.


Thanks, body.


Hungarians are truly in cloud 9 right now, everywhere in the media it’s headline news right now the astonishing performance of our swimmers. First of all all hats down to Kapás, who was this time the greatest Hungarian star in the championships, even outdoing Hosszú and Cseh in my opinion, especially that it’s ridiculous how much she had to swim, and still managed to keep herself fresh from such lengthy swim until the very last day. This is even out of Hosszú capabilities, who usually looses steam after 3-4 days of racing. Plus her personality is ridiculously adorable. Really hope she can be a solid medal contender for both 800 and 400 at the Olympics, though the 400 will be… Read more »

bobo gigi

It’s really the golden age for Hungarian swimming right now. Enjoy it. We never know how much time it lasts and if it will happen again soon. For France it has begun in 2004 and 2016 might be the last year of that great period. I’m relatively pessimistic about the next years if Gilot, Stravius, Lacourt, Agnel, Balmy and even Manaudou all retire at the same time after Rio. I imagine the popular enthusiasm of the Hungarian fans next year for the world championships at home. Maybe the last meet for Cseh and Gyurta? If yes, it’s cool to retire in his home country. For Hosszu, I’ve heard on French TV that she wanted to continue until 2024! Kapas will… Read more »

bobo gigi

And who knows? It was about Ledecky maybe giving up the 800 and the 1500 in the next years and try other options like the 400 IM for example.


Well yes, I can’t even believe the last 5-6 years. No other sport has spoiled us Hungarians with so much glory than swimming. It’s almost unreal how many amazing, rare talents our country produced in almost the same time, the timing couldn’t have been any better. The new government (even though I dislike them politically) started to really invest in this sport since they came to power in 2010. Of course we still lag quite heavily behind in infrastructure compared to the big swimming nations, but I feel a turning point will come after the 2017 World Championships. After that the whole nation will receive a “water fever”, as even today for some reason swimming still doesn’t get as much… Read more »


I forgot Kenderesi (19). He finished third in London. Last year he won gold in 200 fly in front of Cseh before Kazan. Sadly he got mumps after it so couldn’t go to Kazan. The youngsters. Késely, Gyurinovics, Hatházi etc. We can be very happy.


We had had a few golden years in Hungary before. Egerszegi, Darnyi, Rózsa, Czene, stb. around ’88-96. And even before. We know it doesn’t last forever. It is a result of hard work and much more focus to swimming in Hungary. I only hope it will last a long, long time…


I’d add former SC WR holder Evelyn Verrasztó. After 2-3 years of strugle seems like she partially regained her form. (5th and 8th place individually and 3rd and 1st place in relay.)


I think Katinka will win both IM. You’re right, the two backs AND the 800 relay will be enough. Bogi (Kapas) was marvelous. Laci (Cseh) is terrific at the moment, Lulu (Szilagyi) is promising and I love to see Ricsi (Bochus) in this form. I’m sorry for Gabi (Balog) because oh his flue. He did swim well e.g. today in the relay. So, bring it on guys!


Do you know if Kapas tapered for Euros?


I think she was rested but not peaked.


Boyle, Carlin and Ashwood went 8,17/8,18 in Kazan. Do you guys really think Kapas has a chance to medal? Friis will also be in the fight.


I hope, yes.


Carlin got 2.12 at home. Don’t forget it.


Have in mind that Kapas had 16:03 in 1500 and in Kazan swam 15:47. So with 4:03 in 400 why not to swim 8:14 (4:07+4:07)?


And 8.21.40 is tied third place on the rankings at the moment.


As a fellow hungarian I feel cloud 9 a little overstating. There are high expectation in Hungary regarding swimming. Yes we finnished 1st at the medal table, but it’s not the first time. And yes we collected more golds than ever, but we could have 2 more. Kapas is the biggest surprise from the Hungarian team. Cseh is better than ever. Hosszu likewise. Szilagyi can be a force to reckon with. I am of course happy to, but it’s not like it was not expected to collect some 15-20 medals and 8-10 golds among them. After all Hungary has always been a swimming force since the very first Olympics and in the recent past we cranked it up a notch…


So many Magyars here 🙂


Been here for a while now. 🙂

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