2019 LEN EUROPEAN SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, December 4th – Sunday, December 8th
- Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow, Scotland
- Entry List
The 2019 LEN European Short Course Championships are almost upon us, with the 5-day meet kicking off on Wednesday, December 4th. Some of the world’s fastest short course swimmers are set to descend upon the storied Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow, with 3-time Olympian Hannah Miley designated as the event’s ambassador.
Last time around in Copenhagen, the nation of Russia came away with the top medal count, reaping 18 medals in all, including 9 golds. Hungary was next in line, with 13 medals, including 8 golds, while Italy rounded out the top 3 nations in the overall swimming medal table with 17 medals in all.
However, Hungary’s Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu will be competing in full force, following up her 2017 haul of 6 individual gold medals with 5 entries this time around. Hosszu is entered in all 3 IM events, as well as the 100m and 200m fly, but is interestingly absent from the backstroke races.
In Copenhagen, Hosszu swept the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke events, so her missing name relinquishes the opportunity for back-to-back-to-back golds. Hosszu not only swept the 3 races in 2017, but also in 2015 in Netanya, Israel. Of note, Hosszu stated after this summer’s World Championships that her backstroke events were the ones in which she was most disappointed in her performances.
Instead, on-fire Dutch swimmer Kira Toussaint looks primed to make a charge at the 50m/100m backstrokes, with Italy’s Margherita Panziera and Russia’s Daria K. Ustinova ready to rumble in the 200m back.
On the men’s side, first off it’s eye-catching to see Scottish swimmer Duncan Scott entered in the men’s 400m IM. The 22-year-old dynamic Olympian is still set to swim his bread-and-butter 200m free, as well as the 100m free, 100m IM and 200m IM, but the longer IM is unique to this program and appears to be an alternative to his swimming the 200m fly.
We’ll continue to review key swimmers’ entries and publish follow-up posts with notable races and any surprises.