2018 European Championships: Day 1 Finals Live Recap


The first finals session from the 2018 European Championships is set to get underway from Glasgow, and it’s gonna be fast and furious one with four finals and four sets of semi-finals on the schedule.

We’ll open with the women’s 400 IM, where Fantine Lesaffre enters as the top seed after breaking the French Record in prelims, and will give a strong challenge to expected medalists Ilaria CusinatoAimee Willmott and Hannah Miley.

The men’s 400 free final will be an exciting one with all eight finalists capable of pulling off something big. Mykhailo Romanchuk comes in as the top seed after going 3:46.95 in prelims, with Germans Poul Zellmann and Henning Muehlleitner lurking in 2nd and 3rd, and top seed coming in Felix Auboeck and 2016 silver medalist Henrik Christiansen out in lanes 6 and 7.

In the semi-finals, Sarah Sjostrom will be busy with only 14 minutes separating the start of the 50 free and 100 fly. The top seed this morning in both, she won’t have a problem advancing through to the finals and has a much easier timeline on day 2 with the events separated by over an hour.

Adam Peaty showed he was on top form in the men’s 100 breast prelims, breaking the meet record in 57.89, and will push for another sub-58 tonight.

In the relays, the Swedish women and British men missed the final after leaving some firepower out of their prelim lineups. The Dutch are the big favorites in the women’s race, and the Russians, Italians and Hungarians will battle for the men’s crown.

Notably, with relay lineups released, the Russians will use backstrokers Kliment Kolesnikov and Evgeny Rylov on their finals roster. Also, after tying for 8th in the heats, Denmark and Poland will both get to swim in the women’s final as they have Denmark out in lane 0.

Women’s 400 IM Final

  • World Record (WR): 4:26.36 – Katinka Hosszu, 2016
  • World Junior Record (WJ): 4:39.01 – Rosie Rudin, 2015
  • European Record (ER): 4:26.36 – Katinka Hosszu, 2016
  • European Junior Record (EJ): 4:36.17, Target Time
  • Championship Record (CR): 4:30.90 – Katinka Hosszu, 2016
  1. Fantine Lesaffre, FRA, 4:34.17
  2. Ilaria Cusinato, ITA, 4:35.05
  3. Hannah Miley, GBR, 4:35.34

After Spaniard Catalina Corro Lorente held the slight edge at the halfway mark, Fantine Lesaffre and Ilaria Cusinato asserted themselves on the breaststroke leg leading the field into the freestyle. Brits Hannah Miley and Aimee Willmott were lurking in 3rd and 4th, but it was Lesaffre who got the job done with a 30.51 final 50 to win in 4:34.17, crushing her French Record from the morning by two seconds.

Cusinato was 4:35.05 for silver, just off her PB from the Sette Colli Trophy last month, and Miley was two tenths off her season-best from the Commonwealth Games for bronze in 4:35.34. Willmott made a big push at the end, closing in 30.37, but has to settle for 4th in 4:35.77. Zsuzsanna Jakabos passed Corro Lorente on the final 50 to steal 5th in 4:38.48.

Men’s 400 Free Final

  • World Record (WR): 3:40.07- Paul Biedermann, 2009
  • World Junior Record (WJ): 3:44.60 – Mack Horton, 2014
  • European Record (ER): 3:40.07  – Paul Biedermann, 2009
  • European Junior Record (EJ): 3:46.17 –  Target Time
  • Championship Record (CR): 3:44.01 – Gabriele Detti, 2016
  1. Mykhailo Romanchuk, UKR, 3:45.18
  2. Henrik Christiansen, NOR, 3:47.07
  3. Henning Mühlleitner, GER, 3:47.18

Leading by two seconds at the halfway mark, there was little doubt that 1500 specialist Mykhailo Romanchuk was going to run away with the men’s 400 free final. Opening in 26.7, the Ukrainian held 28s throughout the race before closing in 27.81 to win gold in a time of 3:45.18, lowering his own national record (3:45.58) by four tenths.

Norwegian Henrik Christiansen had a phenomenal final 150, moving up from 5th at the 250 to touch 2nd in 3:47.07, closing quick in 27.07 to successfully repeat his silver medal performance from last year. German Henning Mühlleitner was the quickest in the field coming home in 26.53, moving up from 6th at the last turn to win bronze in 3:47.18. That’s a season-best for Christiansen, while Muehlleitner has been as fast as 3:46.98 this year.

Top seed coming into the meet Felix Auboeck well from 2nd to 4th on the last 50, taking 4th (3:47.24), and Sweden’s Victor Johansson (3:47.74) was 5th.

Women’s 50 Free Semi-Finals

  • World Record (WR): 23.67 – Sarah Sjöström, 2017
  • World Junior Record (WJ): 24.33 – Rikako Ikee, 2017
  • European Record (ER): 23.67 – Sarah Sjöström, 2017
  • European Junior Record (EJ): 24.88 –  Target Time
  • Championship Record (CR): 24.07 – Ranomi Kromowidjojo, 2016
  1. Pernille Blume, DEN, 23.85
  2. Sarah Sjostrom, SWE, 23.92
  3. Mariia Kameneva, RUS, 24.21
  4. Ranomi Kromowidjojo, NED, 24.58
  5. Tamara Van Vliet, NED, 24.70
  6. Rozaliya Nasretdinova, RUS, 24.86
  7. Theodora Drakou, GRE, 24.96
  8. Ruta Meilutyte, LTU, 25.04

Pernille Blume blasted a 23.85 in the first semi of the women’s 50 free, breaking her own national record set earlier this year (23.92) and the Championship Record set two years ago (24.07) by Ranomi KromowidjojoTamara Van Vliet took 2nd in the first semi, ultimately advancing 5th to the final in 24.70.

Sarah Sjostrom nearly matched Blume’s time in the next heat, going 23.92 for the #2 seed. Russian Mariia Kameneva was 2nd and sits 3rd overall in 24.21, with Kromowidjojo 4th overall in 24.58.

Ruta Meilutyte broke her own Lithuanian Record from 2013 in 25.04, advancing to the final in 8th.

Men’s 50 Back Semi-Finals

  • World Record (WR): 24.04 – Liam Tancock, 2009
  • World Junior Record (WJ): 24.46 – Kliment Kolesnikov, 2018
  • European Record (ER): 24.04 – Liam Tancock, 2009
  • European Junior Record (EJ): 24.46 – Kliment Kolesnikov, 2018
  • Championship Record (CR): 24.07 – Camille Lacourt, 2010
  1. Robert Glinta, ROU, 24.12
  2. Kliment Kolesnikov, RUS, 24.25
  3. Vladimir Morozov, RUS, 24.29
  4. Shane Ryan, IRL, 24.57
  5. Mikita Tsmyh, BLR, 24.66
  6. Jeremy Stravius, FRA, 24.88
  7. Jonatan Kopelev, ISR, 24.92
  8. Apostolos Christou, GRE, 24.96

The men’s 50 back semis were insanely fast. Kliment Kolesnikov broke his own junior world record in the first heat, clocking 24.25 to narrowly top teammate Vladimir Morozov (24.29) who also set a best time. Kolesnikov also broke the Russian Record with that swim.

Then, in the second semi, Romanian Robert Glinta destroyed his best time in 24.12, taking over the top time in the world for the year over Ryan Murphy‘s 24.24 from U.S. Nationals (also breaking the Romanian Record).

After breaking the Irish Record in the prelims, Shane Ryan had another good to swim to qualify in 4th, and there were six more swimmers sub-25. Conor Ferguson and Simone Sabbioni actually tied for 9th in 24.99, missing the final despite two very solid swims.

Women’s 100 Fly Semi-Finals

  • World Record (WR): 55.48 – Sarah Sjöström, 2016
  • World Junior Record (WJ): 56.46 – Penny Oleksiak, 2016
  • European Record (ER): 55.48 – Sarah Sjöström, 2016
  • European Junior Record (EJ): 56.06 –  Target Time
  • Championship Record (CR): 55.89 – Sarah Sjöström, 2016
  1. Sarah Sjostrom, SWE, 56.66
  2. Svetlana Chimrova, RUS, 57.54
  3. Ilaria Bianchi, ITA, 57.79
  4. Elena Di Liddo, ITA, 57.88
  5. Louise Hansson, SWE, 57.99
  6. Anna Ntountounaki, GRE, 58.34
  7. Emilie Beckmann, DEN, 58.40
  8. Aliena Schmidtke, GER, 58.42

Only a few minutes after her 50 free swim, Sjostrom was back in the water in the women’s 100 fly semis, cruising to the win in semi #2 and the top spot for the final in 56.66. Svetlana Chimrova (57.54) and Ilaria Bianchi (57.79) took 2nd and 3rd in the heat and finish in those positions overall, with semi 1 winner Elena Di Liddo sitting 4th.

Sjostrom’s teammate Louise Hansson cracked 58 seconds for the first time to qualify 5th in 57.99.

Men’s 100 Breast Semi-Finals

  • World Record (WR): 57.13 – Adam Peaty, 2016
  • World Junior Record (WJ): 59.01 – Nicolo Martinenghi, 2017
  • European Record (ER): 57.13 – Adam Peaty, 2016
  • European Junior Record (EJ): 59.01 – Nicolo Martinenghi, 2017
  • Championship Record (CR): 57.89 – Adam Peaty, 2018
  1. Adam Peaty, GBR, 58.04
  2. James Wilby, GBR, 59.23
  3. Anton Chupkov, RUS, 59.43
  4. Fabio Scozzoli, ITA, 59.65
  5. Arno Kamminga, NED, 59.74
  6. Andrius Sidlauskas, LTU, 59.76
  7. Caba Sildaji, SRB, 59.91
  8. Darragh Greene, IRL / Kirill Prigoda, RUS, 59.92

Sitting 5th at the turn, GBR’s James Wilby roared home on the final 50 to win the first semi of the men’s 100 breast, clocking 59.23. That falls just off his prelim PB of 59.12. Arno Kamminga and Andrius Sidlauskas also broke a minute to take 2nd and 3rd in the heat.

Wilby’s countryman Adam Peaty dominated the second semi in 58.04, also just off his prelim meet record of 57.89. Anton Chupkov came back from 8th at the turn to take 2nd in the heat in 59.43, closing in 30.81 for the 3rd seed overall.

Darragh Greene and Kirill Prigoda tied for 8th in 59.92, and will require a swim-off to see who advances through to tomorrow’s final. Greene breaks his Irish national record of 1:00.20 from the prelims, becoming the first man from Ireland ever under one minute.


  1. Kirill Prigoda, RUS, 59.39
  2. Darragh Greene, IRL, 1:00.44

Prigoda annihilated Greene off the start, cruising to the swim-off victory in 59.39 to advance to tomorrow’s A-final. That time would’ve been good for 3rd overall in the semi-finals.

Women’s 400 Free Relay Final

  • World Record (WR): 3:30.05 – Australia, 2018
  • European Record (ER): 3:31.72 – Netherlands, 2009
  • Championship Record (CR): 3:33.62 – Netherlands, 2008
  1. France, 3:34.65
  2. Netherlands, 3:34.77
  3. Denmark, 3:37.03

The Dutch women were the big favorites coming in, but the French managed to hold them off to win gold in the women’s 400 free relay in a time of 3:34.65.

Charlotte Bonnet split 52.20 on their second leg, and Béryl Gastaldello anchored in 53.69 to hold off Kromowidjojo (53.22). Femke Heemskerk had the top split for the Netherlands, going 2nd in 52.33, as they were a tenth back in 3:34.77.

After tying for 8th this morning, the Danes were placed in lane 0 for the final, but pulled out the bronze medal in a time of 3:37.03. Blume led them off in 52.83, not far off her PB of 52.69, and Mie Nielsen anchored them in 54.42 to hold off Britain’s Freya Anderson (53.22). GBR was 4th in 3:37.26, and Federica Pellegrini anchored in 53.59 for the 5th place Italians (3:38.11).

Men’s 400 Free Relay Final

  • World Record (WR): 3:08.24 – USA, 2008
  • European Record (ER): 3:08.32 – France, 2008
  • Championship Record (CR): 3:11.64 – France, 2014
  1. Russia, 3:12.23
  2. Italy, 3:12.90
  3. Poland, 3:14.20

The men’s 400 free relay was extremely tight through 200 metres, with all teams within about six tenths of one another. However the Russians took off on the back half, with Morozov (47.61) and Kolesnikov (47.39) unleashing big splits to pull away and get them the gold.

The Italians had three 48s and then got a 46.99 anchor from Alessandro Miressi to give them a clear silver in 3:12.99, and Poland (3:14.20) snagged bronze from Hungary (3:14.51). After Jan Switkowski led them off in 48.68, Kacper Majchrzak anchored in 48.41 to inch by the Hungarians. All four of Hungary’s swimmers went 48.6, with lead-off Nandor Nemeth the fastest at 48.61.

Kristian Gkolomeev was the only other sub-48 split in the field, going 47.51 to nearly run down Hungary for 4th (missing them by .01 in 3:14.52).

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bobo gigi



Knew you would be happy Bobo:-)))

bobo gigi

You know that the 400 IM is in my heart. 🙂


400IM was a brilliant race! Deserved upset win for Lesaffre, she raced that perfectly. Cusinato is a big talent; 4 good strokes. Willmott raced it pretty poorly tactically, and Miley did as expected.


Excited too see Auboeck in the 400.

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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