2018 European Championships: Day 5 Finals Live Recap


Day 5 finals from Glasgow will feature another six races for the medals with the women’s 1500, 100 back, 200 breast and 4×200 free relay, along with the men’s 50 fly and 200 free.

Notable among tonight’s semi-finals is that Kliment Kolesnikov, who won both the 50 (world record) and 100 backstrokes, failed to reach the semi-finals of the 200 with Russian teammates Evgeny Rylov and Grigory Tarasevich beating him in the prelims. We also saw Ranomi Kromowidjojo DFS the women’s 100 free prelims this morning.

Women’s 1500 Free Final

  • World Record (WR): 15:20,48 – Katie Ledecky, 2018
  • World Junior Record (WJ): 15:28,36, Katie Ledecky, 2014
  • European Record (ER): 15:38.88 – Lotte Friis, 2013
  • European Junior Record (EJ): 16:02.29 – Target Time
  • Championship Record (CR): 15:50.22 – Boglarka Kapas, 2016
  1. Simona Quadarella, ITA, 15:51.61
  2. Sarah Kohler, GER, 15:57.85
  3. Ajna Kesely, HUN, 16:03.22

Italian Simona Quadarella broke free from Germany’s Sarah Kohler around the halfway mark of the women’s 1500 final, as Quadarella went on to win by six seconds in a time of 15:51.61. That improves her personal best set last summer at the World Championships in 15:53.86, and moves up from 4th to 2nd in the world rankings for the year.

Kohler took 2nd in 15:57.85, breaking her German Record set earlier this year by two seconds. Hungarian Ajna Kesely crushed her best time to win bronze in 16:03.22, and Slovenian Tjasa Oder was less than two seconds off her National Record for 4th in 16:10.46.

Men’s 50 Fly Final

  • World Record (WR): 22.27 – Andrii Govorov, 2018
  • World Junior Record (WJ): 23.22 – Michael Andrew, 2017
  • European Record (ER): 22.27 – Andrii Govorov, 2018
  • European Junior Record (EJ): 23.28 – Target Time
  • Championship Record (CR): 22.73 – Andrii Govorov, 2016
  1. Andrii Govorov, UKR, 22.48
  2. Ben Proud, GBR, 22.78
  3. Oleg Kostin, RUS, 22.97

World Record holder Andrii Govorov didn’t quite hit his mark of 22.27 from earlier in the summer, but he did break his own Championship Record for gold in a time of 22.48, which is the 3rd fastest swim in history.

Ben Proud was just .03 off of his personal best for silver in 22.78, and Russian Oleg Kostin also got under 23 seconds for bronze in 22.97, breaking his own Russian Record. Kristian Gkolomeev broke his Greek Record for a third straight time in taking 4th (23.19), and Poland’s Konrad Czerniak (23.34) was 5th.

Women’s 100 Back Final

  • World Record (WR): 58.00 – Kathleen Baker, 2018
  • World Junior Record (WJ): 58.83 – Regan Smith, 2018
  • European Record (ER): 58.12 – Gemma Spofforth, 2009
  • European Junior Record (EJ): 59.62 – Polina Egorova, 2017
  • Championship Record (CR): 58.73 – Mie Nielsen, 2016
  1. Anastasiia Fesikova, RUS, 59.19
  2. Georgia Davies, GBR, 59.36
  3. Carlotta Zofkova, ITA, 59.61

Anastasiia Fesikova established the early lead in the women’s 100 back and managed to hang on to it all the way to the finish, touching in 59.19 to win gold in her fastest swim of the year.

Georgia Davies, who won the 50 back, closed on Fesikova on the second 50 and ends up with silver in 59.36, just off her 59.12 that led off the victorious mixed medley relay. Carlotta Zofkova broke the Italian Record by two-tenths for bronze in 59.61, and Hungarian Katinka Hosszu was shut out of the medals with a 4th place finish in 59.64. Margherita Panziera was 5th in 59.71, also under her old Italian Record of 59.80

Men’s 200 Back Semi-Finals

  1. Evgeny Rylov, RUS, 1:55.50
  2. Radoslaw Kawecki, POL, 1:57.56
  3. Grigory Tarasevich, RUS, 1:57.62
  4. Matteo Restivo, ITA, 1:57.80
  5. Luca Mencarini, ITA, 1:57.83
  6. Christian Diener, GER, 1:57.92
  7. Apostolos Christou, GRE, 1:58.14
  8. Hugo Gonzalez, ESP, 1:58.43

Grigory Tarasevich led the first semi-final in the men’s 200 back in a time of 1:57.62, improving his previous personal best by .01. Apostolos Christou of Greece and Hugo Gonzalez were in for 2nd and 3rd in the heat. Christou and Gonzalez ended up only squeaking into the final in 7th and 8th.

Evgeny Rylov cruised the first 100 of the second semi, out in 58.10 before negative-splitting his way back in 57.40 to establish the top time by two seconds in 1:55.50.

Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki led a group of four who were 1:57-high in the semi, as five of the eight finalists came from the second heat.

Women’s 100 Free Semi-Finals

  • World Record (WR): 51.71 – Sarah Sjöström, 2017
  • World Junior Record (WJ): 52.70 – Penny Oleksiak, 2016
  • European Record (ER): 51.71 – Sarah Sjöström, 2017
  • European Junior Record (EJ): 53.88 – Freya Anderson
  • Championship Record (CR): 52.67 – Sarah Sjöström, 2014/2018
  1. Sarah Sjostrom, SWE, 52.67
  2. Femke Heemskerk, NED, 53.35
  3. Charlotte Bonnet, FRA, 53.55
  4. Mariia Kameneva, RUS, 53.66
  5. Freya Anderson, GBR, 53.90
  6. Marie Wattel, FRA, 54.12
  7. Signe Bro, DEN, 54.27
  8. Federica Pellegrini, ITA, 54.28

Sarah Sjostrom dominated the first semi of the women’s 100 free in 52.67, equalling her Championship Record set back in 2014. Femke Heemskerk was a solid 53.35 for 2nd in the heat, and Freya Anderson was .02 off her PB for 3rd in 53.90.

In the second semi, top seed from prelims Pernille Blume surprisingly went for a 50 split, touching in 23.97 before doing an open turn and trying to come back fast enough to make the final. She ended up fading, and Charlotte Bonnet took the heat win in 53.55 over Mariia Kameneva (53.66). Blume ended up 10th overall in 54.71.

Men’s 50 Breast Semi-Finals

  • World Record (WR): 25.95 – Adam Peaty, 2017
  • World Junior Record (WJ): 26.97 – Nicolo Martinenghi, 2017
  • European Record (ER): 25.95 – Adam Peaty, 2017
  • European Junior Record (EJ): 26.97 – Nicolo Martinenghi, 2017
  • Championship Record (CR): 26.50 – Adam Peaty, 2018
  1. Adam Peaty, GBR, 26.23
  2. Fabio Scozzoli, ITA, 26.80
  3. Caba Siladji, SRB, 26.99
  4. Peter Stevens, SLO, 27.08
  5. Ilya Shymanovich, BLR, 27.09
  6. Ties Elzerman, NED, 27.15
  7. Fabian Schwingenschlogl, GER, 27.16
  8. Kirill Prigoda, RUS, 27.17

Adam Peaty stormed to another Championship Record in the second semi of the men’s 50 breast, posting a time of 26.23 to qualify over half-a-second clear of everyone else.

Italian Fabio Scozzoli won the first semi for the 2nd seed in 26.80, and Serbian Caba Siladji also cracked 27 seconds to break his own Serbian Record and qualify 3rd.

Women’s 200 Breast Final

  1. Yuliya Efimova, RUS, 2:21.31
  2. Jessica Vall Montero, ESP, 2:23.02
  3. Molly Renshaw, GBR, 2:23.43

Yuliya Efimova moved up from 4th to 1st on the third 50 of the women’s 200 breast, out-splitting the entire field on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th 50s to win easily in 2:21.31. Efimova leads the world rankings this year with a 2:20.72.

Jessica Vall Montero of Spain was right in the mix at the front of the race the whole way, and was only out-split by Efimova on the final 50 to snag silver out of lane 7 in 2:23.02. Molly Renshaw of GBR was just off her Commonwealth time for bronze in 2:23.43, holding off another Spaniard Marina Garcia (2:23.63).

Men’s 200 Free Final

  • World Record (WR): 1;42.00 – Paul Biedermann, 2009
  • World Junior Record (WJ):  1:46.40 – Ivan Girev, 2017
  • European Record (ER): 1;42.00 – Paul Biedermann, 2009
  • European Junior Record (EJ): 1:43.90 – Target Time
  • Championship Record (CR): 1:44.89 – Pieter van den Hoogenband, 2002
  1. Duncan Scott, GBR, 1:45.34
  2. Danas Rapsys, LTU, 1:46.07
  3. Mikhail Dovgalyuk, RUS, 1:46.15

Way out in lane 8, Duncan Scott swam a perfect race in the men’s 200 free, as he stalked early leader Danas Rapsys on the third 50 and then took over on the fourth.

Rapsys blasted out to the lead with 50 and 100 splits of 24.03 and 50.83, but Scott’s 27.10 third length brought them even with 50 to go. Scott closed in 26.87, the only one in the field sub-27, to pick up the win in 1:45.34. That’s a full second better than he was at the Commonwealth Games, and ranks him 2nd in the world for the year.

Rapsys was .01 faster in the semis in 1:45.33, but really faded here with a final 50 of 27.60 to barely hang on for silver in 1:46.07. Mikhail Dovgalyuk nearly ran him down but ends up with bronze in 1:46.15, and James Guy was locked out of the medals in 4th (1:46.20).

Women’s 200 IM Semi-Finals

  • World Record (WR): 2:06.12 – Katinka Hosszu, 2015
  • World Junior Record (WJ): 2:09.98 – Rikako Ikee, 2017
  • European Record (ER): 2:06.12 – Katinka Hosszu, 2015
  • European Junior Record (EJ): 2:11.03 – Target Time
  • Championship Record (CR): 2:07.30 – Katinka Hosszu, 2016
  1. Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, GBR, 2:09.80
  2. Katinka Hosszu, HUN, 2:10.49
  3. Ilaria Cusinato, ITA, 2:10.77
  4. Maria Ugolova, SUI, 2:11.41
  5. Viktoria Zeynep Gunes, TUR, 2:12.73
  6. Zsuzsanna Jakabos, HUN, 2:12.96
  7. Aimee Willmott, GBR, 2:13.09
  8. Fantine Lesaffre, FRA, 2:13.13

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor dominated the first semi of the women’s 200 IM in 2:09.80, followed by Hungary’s Zsuzsanna Jakabos and British teammate Aimee WillmottAnja Crevar lowered her Serbian Record in 4th (2:14.05).

The second semi was much quicker, as Katinka Hosszu relinquished her early lead on the breaststroke but regained it with a strong freestyle leg. She touched 1st for the 2nd fastest time overall in 2:10.49, followed by Ilaria Cusinato and Maria Ugolkova. Cusinato’s 2:10.77 broke her own Italian Record set earlier this year of 2:10.92.

Five of the finalists came from this heat, with Crevar being bumped out of the final in 9th.

Women’s 4×200 Free Relay Final

  • World Record (WR): 7:42.08 – China
  • World Junior Record (WJ): 7:51.47 – Canada
  • European Record (ER): 7:45.51 – Great Britain, 2009
  • European Junior Record (EJ): 7:57.33 – Russia, 2017
  • Championship Record (CR):7:50.53 – Italy, 2014
  1. Great Britain, 7:51.65
  2. Russia, 7:52.87
  3. Germany, 7:53.76

Just as she did in the mixed 4×200 and the mixed 4×100 medley, Great Britain’s Freya Anderson produced a clutch anchor leg to bring the home team a gold medal in the women’s 4×200 free relay.

Anderson posted the fastest split in the field (1:56.00) to anchor the Brits to gold in 7:51.65, with Russia taking silver in 7:52.87 and Germany edging out France for bronze by one-tenth of a second, 7:53.76 to 7:53.86. Joining Anderson on the squad was Eleanor Faulkner (1:59.25), Kathryn Greenslade (1:57.94) and Holly Hibbott (1:58.46).

Anastasia Guzhenkova (1:57.49) had the top split for Russia on the anchor, and Annika Bruhn‘s 1:57.65 anchor is what brought Germany past France for the bronze. France had Charlotte Bonnet split 1:56.23 on the second leg, and held the lead heading into the last leg. Melanie Costa-Schmid had the fastest lead-off in the field (1:58.55) as Spain took 5th, and the Netherlands notably left Femke Heemskerk off their team as they were back in 6th.

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bobo gigi
5 years ago


5 years ago

Team GB are now the relay gods!!!!!

5 years ago

No eye-popping splits from the 800 free relay. Freya, the superstar in the making, split a 1:56 flat, the fastest in the field.

Reply to  Philip
5 years ago

Superstar is a bit much, but certainly hope for GB in the 100/200 free. Who knows, maybe Japan and Australia dont get it right in 2020, then GB might even win bronze there, something like 1:57 by Carlin, 1:56.5 by SMOC, 1:57 by Hibbot and 1:55 by Anderson.
Edit: Forgot about Canada, anyway those 4 nations + China and the US seem way ahead.

Reply to  ThomasLurzFan
5 years ago

Didn’t Faulkner go 1.56.7 flat not long ago?

Reply to  ThomasLurzFan
5 years ago

Carlin has switched to open water; I doubt we’ll see her swimming 200s ever again. I don’t see GBR as even remote dangers in the 4×200 globally either. Three teens tonight though, so potential as a top 5 team by Tokyo.

On Anderson, as you know, I disagree. I don’t believe she is close to her potential yet, and I know some very experienced people regard her as a very special and rare talent, but I respect your view.

Reply to  Dee
5 years ago

Depends on how you define teens …
Greenslade is 20 and Hibbot turns 19 this year, dont see too much room for improvements in either of them. The russian relay on average was younger than the british relay so there is that too.
For every talent you can find people who project them to be the next big thing, it doesnt mean much. I dont have to tell you what people projected Steenbergen to be. Oleksiak, Titmus, Ikee and Ruck are only slightly older than Anderson and clearly ahead of her when it comes to competitivness on a global stage, in addition to that we also have Kesely, who will probably finish this week with 3 individual medals… Read more »

5 years ago

Random question but is florent manadou gonna come back to swimming ever? I forget if it was a retirement or if he said he’d come back. Proud vs. dressel vs. manadou in Tokyo would be awesome

Reply to  Klorn8d
5 years ago

he said he might come back for Paris 2024 quad

Reply to  dfgdfgg
5 years ago

so hopefully for 2021 or 2022 championship meets

5 years ago

I guess Federica Pellegrini must thank a certain Dane if she sneaked her way into the 100 free final …

5 years ago

Why does Bobo get so many downvotes… I just caught up on my articles and have been LOLing when I see the number of downvotes 😂

Reply to  Curious
5 years ago

It used to be worse. He used to get literally 100s for every post!

Reply to  Curious
5 years ago

I think someone has engineered a computer-automated downvoting of Bobo. I am not kidding.

Reply to  Luigi
5 years ago

i think so too – such a low minded troll habit

Reply to  Curious
5 years ago

French bashing

Reply to  Curious
5 years ago

They don’t seem to discourage him one bit, which makes me glad. You can feel his passion thru his posts, and he has a lot of good things to say. He also doesn’t sugar-coat, maybe due to the language difference, but I think a lot of people don’t like that. And he says what he thinks, when he thinks it.

bobo gigi
5 years ago


5 years ago

Why aren’t the results updated for the relay?

Reply to  Philip
5 years ago

Anyone know what Freya split by any chance?

Reply to  Philip
5 years ago

I had it at 1.56.0

Reply to  Philip
5 years ago

Freya has the fastest split of the race with 1.56.00

Bonnet was next fastest and the only other swimmer under 1.57 with a 1.56.23

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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