2018 European Championships: Day 3 Finals Live Recap


Day 3 finals from the European Championships will be the busiest yet with eleven different events on the schedule.

The men’s 1500 freestyle final will lead us off, and we’ll also see finals in the men’s 100 free, women’s 100 breast, women’s 50 back, men’s 200 fly, and the men’s 4×200 free relay to close things out. We’ll also see semi-final action in the men’s 100 back, women’s 200 fly, men’s 200 breast, men’s 200 IM, and women’s 200 free.

Men’s 1500 Free Final

  • World Record (WR):14:31.02  – Sun Yang, 2012
  • World Junior Record (WJ): 14:51.55 – Mack Horton, 2014
  • European Record (ER): 14:34.04 – Gregorio Paltrinieri, 2016
  • European Junior Record (EJ): 14:48.92 Target Time
  • Championship Record (CR): 14:34.04 – Gregorio Paltrinieri, 2016
  1. Florian Wellbrock, GER, 14:36.15
  2. Mykhailo Romanchuk, UKR, 14:36.88
  3. Gregorio Paltrinieri, ITA, 14:42.85

Gregorio Paltrinieri came in as the big favorite in the men’s 1500, having won three consecutive European titles, but it was not his night. He fell off the pace of Florian Wellbrock and Mykhailo Romanchuk around the 1000 metre mark, and the German and Ukrainian took off in the battle for gold.

Wellbrock maintained a slight lead throughout the last 500, and out-split Romanchuk on the final 100 (including a 26.99 final 50) to win in a new German Record of 14:36.15, lowering his 14:40.69 from earlier this year. Romanchuk snuck under his Ukrainian Record for silver in 14:36.88, and Paltrinieri settled for bronze in 14:42.85.

Wellbrock and Romanchuk’s swims stack us as the 8th and 9th fastest performances ever, and Wellbrock takes over 4th fastest perfomrer all-time from Romanchuk as he falls to 5th.

Impressively, the entire field was sub-15:00, with Paltrinieri’s Italian teammate Domenico Acerenza (14:51.88) in for 4th.

Men’s 100 Free Final

  • World Record (WR): 46.91 – Cesar Cielo, 2009
  • World Junior Record (WJ): 47.58 – Kyle Chalmers,2016
  • European Record (ER): 47.12 – Alain Bernard, 2009
  • European Junior Record (EJ): 48.33 – Ivan Girev, 47,50
  • Championship Record (CR): 47.50 – Alain Bernard, 2008
  1. Alessandro Miressi, ITA, 48.01
  2. Duncan Scott, GBR, 48.23
  3. Mehdy Metella, FRA, 48.24

After splitting 46.99 on the Italian free relay on day 1, Alessandro Miressi came in with the hot hand in the men’s 100 freestyle. He executed his finals swim perfectly, sitting in a tie for 4th at the 50 (23.22) before storming home in 24.79 to win gold in a new best time of 48.01.

Duncan Scott (48.23) and Mehdy Metella (48.24) won silver and bronze, and were the only other two swimmers who closed sub-25. Metella was the fastest coming home in 24.56.

Russia was locked out of the medals as Vladislav Grinev (48.36) took 4th, and defending champ Luca Dotto (48.45) was 5th. Dotto led the field at the 50 in 22.71.

Women’s 100 Breast Final

  • World Record (WR): 1:04.13 – Lilly King, 2017
  • World Junior Record (WJ): 1:05.39 – Ruta Meilutyte, 2014
  • European Record (ER): 1:04.35 – Ruta Meilutyte, 2013
  • European Junior Record (EJ): 1:04.35 Target Time
  • Championship Record (CR): 1:05.77, Yuliya Efimova, 2018
  1. Yuliya Efimova, RUS, 1:05.53
  2. Ruta Meilutyte, LTU, 1:06.26
  3. Arianna Castiglioni, ITA, 1:06.54

Yuliya Efimova used her patented back-half speed to run away with gold in the women’s 100 breast, closing in 34.40 to win in a new Championship Record of 1:05.53. She set the previous record of 1:05.77 in the semi-finals.

Ruta Meilutyte got out to the lead early, turning 1st in 30.79, but was overtaken by Efimova and settles for silver in 1:06.26. Arianna Castiglioni got in for bronze in 1:06.54, just over a tenth off the Italian Record.

Men’s 100 Back Semi-Finals

  • World Record (WR): 51.85 – Ryan Murphy, 2016
  • World Junior Record (WJ): 52.97 – Kliment Kolesnikov, 2018
  • European Record (ER): 52.11 – Camille Lacourt, 2010
  • European Junior Record (EJ): 52.97 – Kliment Kolesnikov, 2018
  • Championship Record (CR): 52.11 – Camille Lacourt, 2010
  1. Kliment Kolesnikov, RUS, 52.95
  2. Evgeny Rylov, RUS, 53.20
  3. Simone Sabbioni, ITA, 53.39
  4. Robert Glinta, ROU, 53.63
  5. Apostolos Christou, GRE, 53.90
  6. Christian Diener, GER, 54.10
  7. Jan-Philip Glania, GER / Thomas Ceccon, ITA, 54.24

Out in what seemed to be a very easy 26.00 at the 50, Russian Kliment Kolesnikov blasted his way home in 26.95 to break his own Junior World Record by .02 in 52.95. Romanian Robert Glinta, who took silver to Kolesnikov in the 50 back, took 2nd in the 1st semi in 53.63.

Kolesnikov’s countryman Evgeny Rylov followed with a win in the second semi in 53.20, followed by Italian Simone Sabbioni (53.39) and Apostolos Christou (53.90) of Greece. Sabbioni came within five-one-hundredths of his National Record set in 2016.

Women’s 200 Fly Semi-Finals

  • World Record (WR): 2:01.81 – Zige Liu, 2009
  • World Junior Record (WJ): 2:06.29 – Suzuka Hasegawa, 2017
  • European Record (ER): 2:04.27 – Katinka Hosszu, 2009
  • European Junior Record (EJ): 2:06.71 Target Time
  • Championship Record (CR): 2:04.79 – Mireia Belmonte, 2014
  1. Franziska Hentke, GER, 2:07.55
  2. Alys Thomas, GBR, 2:07.64
  3. Boglarka Kapas, HUN, 2:07.75
  4. Svetlana Chimrova, RUS, 2:08.57
  5. Liliana Szilagyi, HUN, 2:08.70
  6. Alessia Polieri, ITA, 2:08.77
  7. Ilaria Cusinato, ITA, 2:08.84
  8. Ana Catarina Monteiro, POR, 2:08.96

Germany’s Franziska Hentke got out fast in the first semi of the women’s 200 fly, and despite a big push from Boglarka Kapas on the final 50, she won in 2:07.55 with Kapas 2nd in 2:07.75.

Alys Thomas answered with a strong swim in the second semi, touching 1st in 2:07.64 to take the 2nd seed overall. Svetlana ChimrovaLiliana Szilagyi and Alessia Polieri all came within two-tenths of each other for 2nd, 3rd and 4th, and advance to the final in 5th, 6th and 7th. It ended up taking sub-2:09 to make the final.

Men’s 200 Breast Semi-Finals

  • World Record (WR): 2:06.67 – Ipei Watanabe, 2007
  • World Junior Record (WJ): 2:09.39 – Anton Chupkov, 2017
  • European Record (ER): 2:06.96 – Anton Chupkov, 2017
  • European Junior Record (EJ): 2:09.64 – Target Time
  • Championship Record (CR): 2:07.47 – Marco Koch, 2014
  1. Anton Chupkov, RUS, 2:07.95
  2. Luca Pizzini, ITA, 2:08.52
  3. Ross Murdoch, GBR, 2:08.57
  4. Kirill Prigoda, RUS, 2:08.63
  5. James Wilby, GBR, 2:09.59
  6. Erik Persson, SWE, 2:09.84
  7. Arno Kamminga, NED, 2:10.00
  8. Andrius Sidlauskas, LTU, 2:10.12

Kirill Prigoda was incredibly quick through 150 metres of the first semi-final, but Ross Murdoch made a huge push on the final 50 to edge him at the wall, 2:08.57 to 2:08.63. Murdoch was left out of the 100 breast semis (as the 3rd fastest Brit) despite a very strong prelim swim, and looks dangerous to challenge Anton Chupkov tomorrow. However, Chupkov and Murdoch’s teammate James Wilby will be tough to beat after winning silver and bronze in the 100 behind Adam Peaty.

In the second semi, Chupkov cruised through the first 100 before turning up the heat coming home with splits of 32.42 and 32.16 to overtake Italian Luca Pizzini for the heat win in 2:07.95. Pizzini recorded a personal best and edged out Murdoch’s time for 2nd overall in 2:08.52, and Wilby was back in 2:09.59 which stands up as 5th overall. Pizzini’s swim was also just .02 off the Italian Record, set by Loris Facci back in 2009.

Women’s 50 Back Final

  • World Record (WR): 27.06 – Jing Zhao, 2009
  • World Junior Record (WJ): 27.49 – Minna Atherton, 2016
  • European Record (ER): 27.21 – Georgia Davies, 2018
  • European Junior Record (EJ): 27.90 – Daria Vaskina, 2018
  • Championship Record (CR): 27.21 – Georgia Davies, 2018
  1. Georgia Davies, GBR, 27.23
  2. Anastasiia Fesikova, RUS, 27.31
  3. Mimosa Jallow, FIN, 27.70

Georgia Davies took home the women’s 50 back title in a time of 27.23, just .02 off of her European Record set in the prelims. Anastasiia Fesikova, who was 27.23 in the prelims, was a close 2nd in 27.31, and Finland’s Mimosa Jallow claims bronze in 27.70. Jallow also had her fastest swim of the three rounds in the prelims, breaking her Finnish Record in 27.42.

Interestingly enough, all eight finalists had been faster in either the prelims or semis (or both) than they were in the final. All eight of them were sub-28 in the semis, but Poland’s Alicja Tchorz was the only other one under tonight, taking 4th in 27.74 after going a National Record of 27.72 last night.

Men’s 200 IM Semi-Finals

  • World Record (WR): 1:54.00 – Ryan Lochte, 2011
  • World Junior Record (WJ): 1:57.06 – Hayang Qin, 2017
  • European Record (ER): 1:55.18 – Laszlo Cseh, 2009
  • European Junior Record (EJ): 1:59.06 – Johannes Hintze, 2017
  • Championship Record (CR): 1:56.66 – Laszlo Cseh, 2012
  1. Philip Heintz, GER, 1:57.56
  2. Max Litchfield, GBR, 1:57.62
  3. Jeremy Desplanches, SUI, 1:57.99
  4. Mark Szaranek, GBR, 1:58.22
  5. Andreas Vazaios, GRE, 1:58.48
  6. Hugo Gonzalez, ESP, 1:59.28
  7. Alexis Santos, POR, 1:59.89
  8. Semen Makovich, RUS, 2:00.00

Germany’s Philip Heintz used a strong 33.76 breaststroke split to take over the lead from Great Britain’s Max Litchfield in the first of two semi-finals in the men’s 200 IM, and Heintz just held him off to touch 1st in 1:57.56 to Litchfield’s 1:57.62. Defending champ Andreas Vazaios of Greece was 3rd in the semi in 1:58.48. That’s the fastest of the season for Litchfield, who came in with a 2018 best of 1:59.68 and then got down to 1:58.12 in the heats.

Switzerland’s Jeremy Desplanches was solid through all four strokes in the second semi, winning 1:57.99 over NCAA competitors Mark Szaranek (1:58.22) and Hugo Gonzalez (1:59.28). Those three advance to the final 3rd, 4th and 6th overall.

Women’s 200 Free Semi-Finals

  • World Record (WR): 1:52.98 – Federica Pellegrini, 2009
  • World Junior Record (WJ): 1:56.12 – Duo Shen, 2014
  • European Record (ER): 1:52.98 – Federica Pellegrini, 2009
  • European Junior Record (EJ): 1:56.78 – Target Time
  • Championship Record (CR): 1:55.33 – Sarah Sjöström, 2016
  1. Femke Heemskerk, NED, 1:57.64
  2. Charlotte Bonnet, FRA, 1:58.12
  3. Anastasia Guzhenkova, RUS, 1:58.18
  4. Valeriia Salamatina, RUS, 1:58.37
  5. Holly Hibbott, GBR, 1:58.46
  6. Melanie Costa Schmid, ESP, 1:58.53
  7. Eleanor Faulkner, GBR, 1:58.71
  8. Isabel Gose, GER, 1:58.76

France’s Charlotte Bonnet established a big lead early in the first semi of the women’s 200 free and then cruised to the finish in 1:58.12, with Russia’s Valeriia Salamatina and GBR’s Holly Hibbott a few tenths back for 2nd and 3rd.

Femke Heemskerk of the Netherlands successfully maintained the top time just as she did in the heats, winning the first semi in 1:57.64 over Russian Anastasia Guzhenkova (1:58.18) and Spain’s Melanie Costa-Schmid (1:58.53).

Men’s 200 Fly Final

  • World Record (WR): 1:51.51 – Michael Phelps, 2009
  • World Junior Record (WJ): 1:52.71 – Kristof Milak, 2016
  • European Record (ER): 1:52.70 – Laszlo Cseh, 2008
  • European Junior Record (EJ): 1:52.71 – Kristof Milak, 2016
  • Championship Record (CR): 1:52.91 – Laszlo Cseh, 2016
  1. Kristof Milak, HUN, 1:52.79
  2. Tamas Kenderesi, HUN, 1:54.36
  3. Federico Burdisso, ITA, 1:55.97

Kristof Milak did not disappoint in the men’s 200 fly final, going out under world record pace with 50 and 100m splits of 24.40 and 52.76. He checked in at 1:22.01 at the 150, still way under European Record pace, but tied up a bit coming home to narrowly miss Laszlo Cseh‘s European Record (1:52.70) and his own Junior World Record (1:52.71) in 1:52.79. However, he did get by Cseh’s meet record of 1:52.91.

Tamas Kenderesi closed well as usual, the only swimmer in the field sub-30 (29.31) to give Hungary a 1-2 finish in 1:54.36, and Italian Federico Burdisso hung on for the bronze medal from lane 8 in 1:55.97. Burdisso only got into the final because James Guy scratched.

Viktor Bromer of Denmark and Louis Croenen of Belgium tied for 4th in 1:56.33.

Men’s 4×200 Free Relay Final

  • World Record (WR): 6:58.55 – USA, 2009
  • World Junior Record (WJ): 7:10.95 – HUN, 2017
  • European Record (ER): 6:59.15 – RUS, 2010
  • European Junior Record (EJ): 7:10.95 – HUN, 2017
  • Championship Record (CR): 7:06.71 – RUS, 2010
  1. Great Britain, 7:05.32
  2. Russia, 7:06.66
  3. Italy, 7:07.58

A close race between Great Britain and Russia was sealed by James Guy as he anchored in 1:45.60 to give the Brits the win in a new Championship Record of 7:05.32. Duncan Scott gave them the lead with a 1:45.48 2nd leg, and Thomas Dean (1:47.07) maintained the lead over Danila Izotov (1:46.86) heading into the anchor before Guy closed the show.

Russia had all four men split 1:46, with anchor Mikhail Dovgalyuk their fastest in 1:46.18 as they also slid under the previous meet record in 7:06.66.

The Italians were in the mix the whole way, with Filippo Megli (1:45.44) throwing down the fastest split in the field (swimming 2nd) as they took bronze in 7:07.58. Germany had an impressive 1:45.94 anchor from Jacob Heidtmann as they took a clear 4th in 7:09.31.

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3 years ago

would love to see a WR go down!!

Reply to  dfgd
3 years ago

Do you honestly think anybody has a chance to break any world records in any of these events? Maybe efimova has an outside shot in the women’s 100 breast but that’s it

Reply to  MICHAEL
3 years ago

Outside shots in the W 50 back, M 100 back, M 200 breast

Reply to  MICHAEL
3 years ago

Kolesnikov 100bk in finals (tomorrow) maybe?

Reply to  MICHAEL
3 years ago

Women’s 50 back seems realistic. Milak could go ballistic on the 200 fly.

3 years ago

Paltrinieri is sick. Flu

Hickory Nut
3 years ago

Swim Vortex reporting timing issues with some races yesterday…including Peaty’s WR. 57.00 may be adjusted to 57.10.

Reply to  Hickory Nut
3 years ago

This has been confirmed

Captain Awesome
3 years ago

Why are they still showing gymnastics on the BBC? Missing one of the potential best races of the meet!

Reply to  Captain Awesome
3 years ago

They’re not even showing it yet on Eurosport either!

Gina uK
Reply to  Pombear
3 years ago

So disappointed both the BBC and Eurosport haven’t shown the 1500m and that I didn’t come here to find the live stream link.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Captain Awesome
3 years ago

They also showed gymnastics during the men’s 1500 free on France 2. A French girl has won the gold on floor. 🙂
The overall level in European women’s gymnastics is not very high compared to USA.

SumTing Wong
Reply to  bobo gigi
3 years ago

Because US gymnasts are the Handmaiden Tales of sport . They will do anything for their masters .

SumTing Wong
Reply to  Captain Awesome
3 years ago

The European Gymnastics champs are on . I think in Glasgow too . European girls & women’s gymnasts are very attractive & watchable & it is always popular . .Maybe swimming has some work to do .

3 years ago

I think instead of only 2 advancing it would work well to let 3 advance to semi-final then only 2 can go in to final. Would let more elite swimmers compete in another round to be part of the final

Reply to  JimSwim
3 years ago

I agree – but I guess the problem would be, that if there was too much overlap in terms of many countries advancing 3 athletes to semis, then it would become much easier for athletes from less represented countries to make finals.

3 years ago

Germany finally have their new star!! Brilliant swim from Wellbrock. Last nights German gold may have been of lesser importance, but no taking this one away, absolutely brilliant swim! The way Wellbrock turned it up at 800 was really impressive.

Reply to  Dee
3 years ago

Thanks … although its too early to call him a star. In 2015 Koch won a gold medal one year before the olympics and then one year later he didnt even make the final. Alot can happen in 2 years, i would have preferred to see him do this in Tokyo obviously … (i think 14:36 will be enough for a medal). Nevertheless i am very happy to see this result (not about the medal (a european title isnt that big after all), but about the fact that someone was able to improve his PB at the biggest meet of the year, would be great if he could give his girlfriend a few tips on how to do it …… Read more »

Reply to  ThomasLurzFan
3 years ago

Yes, maybe not a star yet as you say, extremely impressive though. The way he took off at halfway was eye-catching. Intelligent racing.

Reply to  Dee
3 years ago

I was super impressed, very good swim by the 20 year old.

bobo gigi
3 years ago

Wellbrock 14.36.15 gold in the 1500 free
Romanchuk 14.36.88

3 years ago

Wow, it’s rare that a distance race is that close, they finished within a second of each other. That was epic.

The alltime ranking is now

1. Sun 14:31.0
2. Paltrinieri 14:34.0
3. Hackett 14:34.5
4. Wellbrock 14:36.1
5. Romanchuk 14:37.8
Despite his PB Romanchuk fell in the alltime list

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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