EUROPEAN SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017
- December, 13th to 17th
- Copenhagen, Denmark
- Entry lists
- Live timing
- Webcast (for Europe)
- Recap Day 1, prelims
- Recap Day 1, finals
- Recap Day 2, prelims
- Recap Day 2, finals
- Recap Day 3, prelims
Keep refreshing this page for live, event-by-event recaps of all the swimming action from Copenhagen.
Men’s 50 Free – Semifinals
- Morozov (RUS) – 20.45
- Proud (GBR) – 20.70
- Juraszek (POL) – 20.95
- Fesikov (RUS) – 21.00
- Dotto (ITA) – 21.04
- Czerniak (POL) – 21.09
- Gkolomeev (GRE) – 21.14
- Orsi (ITA) – 21.23
Vladimir Morozov blasted past the field in semifinal #2, crushing a 20.45 to lead by almost three tenths of a second. That time cracked a meet record and is within two tenths of the world and European records of 20.26.
Benjamin Proud of Great Britain won the first semi and now sits second overall, with Pawel Juraszek the only other man under 21 seconds.
Russia got a pair of men into the final with Sergei Fesikov fourth overall (21.00). Also doubling up is Italy (Luca Dotto 5th and Marco Orsi 8th) and Poland (Juraszek 3rd and Konrad Czerniak 6th).
The final will take place later tonight.
Women’s 100 Free – Final
- GOLD: Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) – 50.95
- SILVER: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 51.03
- BRONZE: Pernille Blume (DEN) – 51.63
Dutch sprint star Ranomi Kromowidjojo took home gold in the 100 free, touching out European record-holder Sarah Sjostrom in the final meters. The two were separated by just .03 at the halfway point, with Pernille Blume waiting in the wings a tenth back. But Kromowidjojo wouldn’t give up the lead, topping Sjostrom by .05 over the final 50 meters.
Kromowidjojo went 50.95 for a new meet record, Sjostrom 51.03 and Blume fell off a bit to 51.63.
France’s Charlotte Bonnet closed hard and nearly passed up Blume for bronze, going 51.65 and taking fourth. The second Dutch entrant, Femke Heemskerk, was 51.93 for fifth overall.
Men’s 100 Breast – Semifinals
- Prigoda (RUS) – 56.02 ER
- Peaty (GBR) – 56.24
- Kamminga (NED) – 56.60
- Scozzoli (ITA) – 56.67
- Schwingenschlogl (GER) – 56.87
- Shymanovich (BLR) – 56.89
- Murdoch (GBR) – 57.55
- Martinenghi (ITA) – 57.60 WJR
Though long course world champ Adam Peaty won the first semifinal going away, it’s Russia’s Kirill Prigoda who will nab the top seed after beating Peaty by two tenths in the second semi. Prigoda went 56.02 to break the European record and meet record.
Peaty was 56.24 and will sit second, flanking Prigoda tomorrow night. Behind him is Dutch breaststroker Arno Kamminga (56.60) leading a tight field of men in the 56s: Fabio Scozzoli (56.67), Fabian Schwingenschlogl (56.87) and Ilya Shymanovich (56.89). That should set up an outstanding race for bronze tomorrow night.
Further back, Italy’s Nicolo Martinenghi broke a World Junior Record with a 57.60, and he snuck into the final in 8th to earn another chance to lower that record.
Women’s 200 Back – Final
- GOLD: Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 2:01.59
- SILVER: Daryna Zevina (UKR) – 2:02.27
- BRONZE: Margherita Panziera (ITA) – 2:02.43
Katinka Hosszu led by almost half a second at the 100 and went unchallenged the rest of the way to win women’s 200 back gold. Hosszu was 2:01.59 to win her third gold in as many days.
In a thrilling battle for silver, Daryna Zevina held off a charging Margherita Panziera to win 2:02.27 to 2:02.43, with the rest of the field well back from that top trio.
Kathryn Greenslade of Great Britain was 2:04.75 for fourth, with the second Hungarian entrant, Kata Burian, taking fifth in 2:04.94.
Men’s 200 IM – Final
- GOLD: Philip Heintz (GER) – 1:52.41
- SILVER: Andreas Vazaios (GRE) – 1:53.27
- BRONZE: Tomoe Zenimoto Hvas (NOR) – 1:54.16
Germany’s Philip Heintz was dead last after butterfly and 7th of 8 after backstroke, but a field-best 32.03 breaststroke split rocketed him to a European championship in the 200 IM. Heintz outsplit the field by a full second on breaststroke and another full second on freestyle (26.45) to ultimately win by eight tenths of a second in 1:52.41.
Greece’s Andreas Vazaios was leading with 50 to go, but could only muster a 27.4 free split and settled for silver in 1:53.27.
The early leaders were Yakov Toumarkin and Tomoe Zenimoto Hvas after butterfly. Hvas held on for bronze in 1:54.16 while Toumarkin had a rough free leg and faded to fifth. In between was Portugal’s Diogo Carvalho (1:54.18), who was just a hair out of third.
Women’s 200 Fly – Final
- GOLD: Franziska Hentke (GER) – 2:03.92
- SILVER: Ilaria Bianchi (ITA) – 2:04.22
- BRONZE: Lara Grangeon (FRA) – 2:04.31
Ilaria Bianchi challenged early, but Franziska Hentke was just too good and too consistent to be beaten in the women’s 200 fly. Hentke was 2:03.92 with splits of 28.4, 31.5, 32.1 and 31.7 to cap off a gold medal performance.
Bianchi was roughly a tenth back on all three closing splits after leading by a tenth at the 50-mark. She finished second in 2:04.22, waiting at Hentke’s hip most of the race but never getting the opportunity to make a pass.
France’s Lara Grangeon surged through the middle 100, but fell about half a second behind in the opening split, ultimately settling for bronze in 2:04.31. There was a pretty big dropoff after those three, with fourth going to Boglarka Kapas in 2:06.02 and fifth to Charlotte Atkinson in 2:06.19.
Women’s 100 Breast – Semifinals
- Laukkanen (FIN) – 1:04.89
- Meilutyte (LTU) – 1:04.95
- Vall Montero (ESP) – 1:05.04
- Moller Pedersen (DEN) – 1:05.22
- Lecluyse (BEL) – 1:05.31
- Castiglioni (ITA) – 1:05.37
- Hansson (SWE) – 1:05.39
- McSharry (IRL) – 1:05.40
The women’s 100 breast was perhaps the tighest semifinals session we’ve seen so far, with 4th through 13th separated by just nine tenths of a second. The second semi turned in the three fastest times, with Jenna Laukkanen leading the way for Finland in 1:04.89. Ruta Meilutyte was 1:04.95 to get under for second, and Jessica Vall Montero went 1:05.04 for third.
The first semi was a race between Rikke Moller Pedersen of Denmark and Fanny Lecluyse of Belgium, with Pedersen going 1:05.22 to ultimately take 4th and Lecluyse 1:05.31 for fifth.
Things were brutally tight from there, with three more swimmers between 1:05.37 and 1:05.40 making the final. Martina Carraro missed the top 8 by .01 seconds with the rest of the field just a tenth or two behind her.
Men’s 100 Back – Final
- GOLD: Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS) – 48.99
- SILVER: Simone Sabbioni (ITA) – 49.68
- BRONZE: Robert Glinta (ROU) – 49.99
Russian 17-year-old Kliment Kolesnikov continued to be the most impressive junior in Copenhagen, winning the 10 backstroke by a wide margin for his third gold medal of the meet so far. Kolesnikov went 48.99 to break his own World Junior Record from semifinals. Kolensikov was just .04 off the European record and just .07 off of the overall world record in a stellar swim. Kolesnikov has now swept the 100 and 200 backstrokes along with the 4×50 free relay.
Italy’s Simone Sabbioni was 49.69 for second place, with Robert Glinta taking bronze in 49.99. Those were the only three men to crack 50 seconds, though Germany’s Christian Diener (50.13) and Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki (50.18) were close.
Women’s 100 IM – Final
- GOLD: Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 56.97
- SILVER: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 57.92
- BRONZE: Susann Bjoernsen (NOR) – 59.26
Make it four golds for Katinka Hosszu in just three days of competition. The Hungarian sensation went 56.97 to win the 100 IM by almost a full second over stellar Swede Sarah Sjostrom. The two were dead even at the 50, but Hosszu blasted away in breaststroke and freestyle for the win. She was within a half-second of the world record (which she holds from this fall’s World Cup series) and three tenths off the meet record.
Sjostrom was the star of long course worlds this summer, but the short course version hasn’t broken her way. She was 57.92 for silver in this event, her second silver of the week.
Norway’s Susann Bjoernsen took third, well behind in 59.26, touching out a cloud of fast finishers: Marrit Steenbergen (59.35), Amit Ivri (59.48), Lena Kreundl (59.72), Jenna Laukkanen (59.96) and Evelyn Verraszto (59.99).
Men’s 1500 Free – Final
- GOLD: Mykhailo Romanchuk (UKR) – 14:14.59
- SILVER: Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) – 14:22.93
- BRONZE: Henrik Christiansen (NOR) – 14:25.66
Coming off a solid World Cup, Ukraine’s Mykhailo Romanchuk ran away with the 1500 free title, going 14:14.59. He trailed Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri early, but took over the lead about 500 meters in and never gave it back. Paltrinieri’s splits dropped off into the 29s as Romanchuk descended his into the mid-28s, leading to a 14:14.59 gold medal for Romanchuk.
Paltrinieri finished second in 14:22.93, hitting a new stride over the final 300 or so to hold off Norway’s Henrik Christiansen (14:25.66) for silver.
Danish swimmer Anton Ipsen went 14:30.94 for fourth place, followed by Sweden’s Victor Johansson (14:34.46) in a very strong event for Scandinavia.
Men’s 50 Free – Final
- GOLD: Vladimir Morozov (RUS) – 20.31
- SILVER: Benjamin Proud (GBR) – 20.66
- BRONZE: Luca Dotto (ITA) – 20.78
Vladimir Morozov kept getting faster with each round of the 50 free, blasting a 20.31 to win the gold medal by three tenths and rattle the world record. Morozov was just .05 off of a world record that has stood since 2014. it’s held by France’s Florent Manaudou.
Great Britain’s Ben Proud held off Italian Luca Dotto for silver, with Pawel Juraszek and Konrad Czerniak (both of Poland) joining them under 21 seconds with times of 20.81 and 20.96, respectively.
Women’s 4×50 Free Relay – Final
- GOLD: NED – 1:33.91 WR
- SILVER: SWE – 1:35.92
- BRONZE: DEN – 1:36.02
The Netherlands ended the night with a bang, smashing the world record with a 1:33.91 in the 200 free relay. That took three tenths off their own world record from 2014. Ranomi Kromowidjojo powered a deep Dutch attack with a 23.42 leadoff leg. Femke Heemskerk was 23.19, Tamara Van Vliet 23.65 and Valerie Van Roon 23.65 to cap the relay, which won by more than two seconds.
Sweden took silver, getting a field-best 22.94 leg from Sarah Sjostrom, who was coming off of two previous swims in the session. Michelle Coleman also led off in 24.42 for the Swedes.
Denmark wound up in bronze position just a tenth back. Pernille Blume was charging hard with a 23.42 anchor leg, but couldn’t overcome Sweden. Other big splits from the relay:
- 23.81 leadoff – Rosaliya Nasretdinova of Russia
- 23.82 leadoff – Charlotte Bonnet of France
- 23.89 split – Julie Jensen of Denmark
- 23.83 split – Marie Wattel of France
- 23.85 split – Maria Kameneva of Russia