2017 European SC Championships: Day 1 Finals Live Recap



  • CR: 25.90 – Fabio Scozzoli (12/13/17)
  • WR: 25.25 – Cameron van der Burgh (11/14/09)

Top 8 to finals

  1. Kirill Prigoda 25.72
  2. Fabio Scozzoli 25.74
  3. Adam Peaty 25.81
  4. Ilya Shymanovich 25.96
  5. Peter John Stevens 25.97
  6. Fabian Schwingenschloegl 26.02
  7. Huseyin Emre Sakci 26.18
  8. Nicolo Martinenghi 26.31

Russian Kirill Prigoda broke the meet and European records in semifinal 2, going 25.72 to edge out Italy’s Fabio Scozzoli 25.74. Scozzoli set the meet record this morning.

In semifinal 1, Adam Peaty was 25.81, setting the meet record then before Prigoda and Scozzoli went under that in the 2nd semifinal.

Nicolo Martinenghi was 26.31, improving on his prelims time and breaking Michael Andrew‘s world junior record.

Ilya Shymanovich and Peter John Stevens both broke 26 as well.


  • CR: 29.10 – Ruta Meilutyte (12/12/13)
  • WR: 28.64 – Alia Atkinson (10/26/16)

Top 8 to final

  1. Ruta Meilutyte 29.72
  2. Sophie Hansson 29.85
  3. Jenna Laukkanen 29.90
  4. Dominika Sztandera 29.95
  5. Arianna Castiglioni 30.01
  6. Hrafnhildur Luthersdottir 30.03
  7. Natalia Ivaneeva 30.06
  8. Fanny Lecluyse 30.17

Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte swam well in the semifinals, taking the top spot to qualify for finals with a 29.72. Sweden’s Sophie Hansson and Jenna Laukkanen went 1-2 in semifinal 1 to take the 2nd and 3rd spots heading to the final.

Poland’s Dominika Sztandera also cracked 30, going 29.95 to qualify 4th for tonight’s final.


  • CR: 1:48.33 – Radoslaw Kawecki (12/2/15)
  • WR: 1:45.63 – Mitch Larkin (11/27/15)
  1. Kliment Kolesnikov 1:48.02
  2. Radoslaw Kawecki 1:48.46
  3. Danas Raspys 1:49.06

While meet record holder Radoslaw Kawecki led the first 150 meters of the race, it was Russian junior Kliment Kolesnikov who stole the win at the end with a 1:48.02 coming off of a blazing 27.32 final 50. Kolesnikov’s time broke the meet, European, and World Junior records all in one fell swoop.

Kawecki would settle for 2nd at 1:48.46, followed by Lithuania’s Danas Raspys (1:49.06).


  • CR: 4:19.46 – Katinka Hosszu (12/2/15)
  • WR: 4:18.94 – Mireia Belmonte (6/12/17)
  1. Katinka Hosszu 4:24.78
  2. Lara Grangeon 4:28.77
  3. Fantine Lesaffre 4:30.68

Well off of her championship record, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu coasted to the win in the women’s 400 IM, going 4:24.78 for gold.

France picked up two medals in the race, with Lara Grangeon going 4:28.77 for 2nd, and Fantine Lesaffre posting a 4:30.68 to grab the bronze.


  • CR: 3:34.55 – Paul Biedermann (12/10/09)
  • WR: 3:32.25 – Yannick Agnel (11/15/12)
  1. Aleksandr Krasnykh 3:35.51
  2. Peter Bernek 3:37.14
  3. Henrik Christiansen 3:38.63

Russia’s Aleksandr Krasnykh took control of this race, pounding out the win at 3:35.51. He was out hard, going 1:46.71 the first 200, and never relinquished his lead the rest of the race.

Hungary’s Peter Bernek trailed at 3:37.14 for the silver, and Norway’s Henrik Christiansen was 3:38.63 to take bronze. Christiansen’s 26.80 final 50 split tied Krasnykh’s for the best in the field.


  1. Kira Toussaint 56.80
  2. Katinka Hosszu 56.88
  3. Maria Kameneva 57.45
  4. Daryna Zevina 57.46
  5. Mie Nielsen 57.71
  6. Mathilde Cini 57.73
  7. Alicja Tchorz 57.79/Simona Baumrtova 57.79 *TIE*

Dutchwoman Kira Toussaint sailed to the semifinal 1 heat win in the women’s 100 back, going 56.80. Ukraine’s Daryna Zevina finished 2nd in the heat with a 57.46, while host nation Denmark’s Mie Nielsen was 57.71 to grab 3rd in the heat.

Katinka Hosszu swam to the semifinal 2 win with a 56.88, just short of Toussaint’s time from the first heat. Maria Kameneva of Russia took 2nd in the second heat with a 57.45, good enough for third overall after the semifinals concluded.


  • CR: 48.93 – Evgeny Korotyshkin (12/11/09)
  • WR: 48.08 – Chad le Clos
  1. Matteo Rivolta 50.01
  2. Konrad Czerniak 50.26
  3. Aleksandr Kharlanov 50.28
  4. Aleksandr Sadovnikov 50.43
  5. Joeri Verlinden 50.44
  6. Marius Kusch 50.49
  7. Piero Codia 50.62
  8. Yauhen Tsurkin 50.63

Italian Matteo Rivolta led the way in semifinals, winning heat 1 and nearly breaking 50 seconds. His countrymate Piero Codia was 50.62 to also punch his ticket to the final tomorrow night.

Konrad Czerniak of Poland was 50.26 to take 2nd overall. Two Russians, Aleksandr Kharlanov and Aleksandr Sadovnikov, went 50.28 and 50.43, respectively, for 3rd and 4th overall. This was a very tight semifinals, with 1st and 8th separated by just over six tenths.


  • CR: 29.10 – Ruta Meilutyte (12/12/13)
  • WR: 28.64 – Alia Atkinson (10/26/16)
  1. Ruta Meilutyte 29.36
  2. Jenna Laukkanen 29.54
  3. Sophie Hansson 29.77

Ruta Meilutyte took charge in the 50 breast final after heading into the final as the top seed. She posted a 29.36, faster than her 29.72 from the semis.

Finland’s Jenna Laukkanen dropped from semis with a 29.54, not far behind, and Sweden’s Sophie Hansson also sliced off some time with a 29.77 for bronze.


  • CR: 25.72 – Kirill Prigoda (12/13/17)
  • WR: 25.25 – Cameron van der Burgh (11/14/09)
  1. Fabio Scozzoli 25.62
  2. Kirill Prigoda 25.68
  3. Adam Peaty 25.70

Adam Peaty had to settle for bronze as he was touched out by two competitors. Fabio Scozzoli broke the meet record in prelims, only to have that taken down by Kirill Prigoda in semis.

Scozzoli got the last laugh, though, posting a 25.62 to sneak ahead of both Prigoda (25.68) and Peaty (25.70).

Germany’s Fabian Schwingenschloegl was 25.99, the fourth and final swimmer to break 26 seconds in the final.


  • CR: 1:22.60 – Russia (12/7/14)
  • WR: 1:20.77 – France (12/14/08)
  1. Russia 1:23.23
  2. Italy 1:23.67
  3. Poland 1:24.44

Italy’s Luca Dotto got his country to a fast start, hitting the wall sub-21 at 20.92. Meanwhile, Russia’s Kliment Kolesnikov was 21.24 to break the WJR on the lead-off leg.

Italy led through the 2nd leg, too, as Lorenzo Zazzeri (20.83) managed to hold the lead over Vladimir Morozov (20.59), but Sergei Fesikov dropped a 20.49 to push Russia ahead. Russia won in 1:23.23, with Italy close behind in 1:23.67.

Poland swam their way to third in 1:24.44, getting a 20.78 anchor from Konrad Czerniak.

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Das Swimmer
4 years ago

Absolutely heartbreaking and devestating to see MA’s record go down in the 50 Br. He will fight this advercity and claim it back when he has the chance.

Reply to  Das Swimmer
4 years ago

Why so? And you know he have like… 17 days to take the record right?

4 years ago

Nice story, that of Fabio Scozzoli.
Silver medalist in LC at Worlds2011 in Shangai (gold for Alexander Dale Oen, Rip), he had an Olympic year (2012) not fully successful.
Then a serious knee injury hampered his career for years, when Scozzoli went on northeless subpar performances considering his previous standards, mainly because of his love for swimming (“I enjoy swimming even if I don’t win” he said ).
Finally, last season, improvement after improvement he approached the 60″ in the 100 LC breast and, in August, at Energy meeting in Rome after the Worlds, he swam a 59.58, near his PB.
Today, ER and gold medalist in a great final, at 29, to celebrate his second swimming life

4 years ago

Seeing Peaty’s time just makes me wonder about whether or not Peaty can just get up to full speed in 25m. He always tends to pull away with 2/3 of the 50 left in LCM. I feel like the wall and having to get that speed back may have been a weak point for him.

Reply to  OldBay
4 years ago

His walls aren’t world record status yet either so combo of both. I am actually surprised he entered a short course meet. he Stays away from them normally!

Reply to  OldBay
4 years ago

I think that is because he such a huge body that he needs a least a few strokes to get up to speed. In short course by the time he gets to his full speed hes already at the wall. His pulls aren’t the greatest either so it just all adds up.

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Reply to  CrazyDolphin
4 years ago

Wait, shouldn’t the opposite be true? The formula for momentum has mass right in it.

Reply to  CrazyDolphin
4 years ago

He’s 6’2, not massive like Kevin Cordes or Reece Whitley (both taller than 6’5). Yeah he’s very muscular but i think it has more to do with his technique. He is able to fit more strokes in a LCM 50 than any other swimmer which is why there is such a huge separation in the last 10m of his 50 in LC but in SCM there’s less space to put in the extra strokes

4 years ago

Impressive start by the Russian 3 gold and a silver.
Kolesnikov adds a relay gold to his individual with another impressive performance (21.24)

4 years ago

Peaty 3rd. Looks average short-course noticeable that he loses ground on start and turns.

Reply to  Tim
4 years ago

Yep – Not a SC swimmer by any stretch. How can you only be 0.2 faster over 50 SCM than LCM? Pretty mad.

Reply to  Dee
4 years ago

Obviously he is not at his peak.
He has the CG in spring and the European Championship in the summer he can’t be at his best in this part of the season.

Reply to  Emanuele
4 years ago

Oh for sure – As I understand it none of the Brits at Euro SC have rested up. Most swimmers at home for English Champs have though, apart from SMOC & Andrew Willis who have already qualified for commonwealths.

4 years ago

A Vol in the 59 BR final and a VFL is #1 seed going into the 100 Back final! Just saying there is something in the water there this year! #Tennesse trained

4 years ago

Kolesnikov + Rylov will be contenders for Gold/SIlver with Murphy next World unless something unexpected happens..

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Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

Carson Foster may not be ready by 2018 for 2019 Worlds selection but he’ll be in tgere for 2020. With the Cal boys, the Texas boys, and Foster, that 200 back will be a dogfight at 2020 Trials and the Games

Reply to  Tammy Touchpad Error
4 years ago

I wouldn’t could Mulcare our either!

4 years ago

Kolesnikov is an animal… 1.48 as a teenager is offensive

Fastest qualifier out of women’s 50br heats misses the final, fastest qualifier for mens 200bk final finish a distant last in the final. Strange.

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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