2021 European Championships: Day 4 Finals Live Recap


Seven sessions down, seven sessions to go.

As we move through the halfway point of the swimming competition at the 2021 European Championships in Budapest, the Russians occupy the lead in the medal table with five golds – all from the men – while Italy has the most total medals with 10.

Day 4 finals will have medals on the line in the women’s 200 fly and 200 free, the men’s 100 back, 200 breast and 200 IM, and the mixed 400 medley relay – an Olympic event for this time this year.

Boglarka Kapas leads the women’s 200 fly field into the final as she looks to defend her title, while fellow Hungarian Katinka Hosszu will be looking for her third title in the event after winning back-to-back in 2010 and 2012.

Federica Pellegrini headlines the women’s 200 free, seeking a fifth gold medal in the event, as she’ll look to dethrone defending Charlotte Bonnet of France. Pellegrini won four straight from 2010 to 2016 before not competing in the event in Glasgow. Flying under the radar is top seed Barbora Seemanova of the Czech Republic.

On the men’s side, Anton Chupkov and Jeremy Desplanches have the opportunity to repeat in the 200 breast and 200 IM, respectively, while 2018 silver medalist Evgeny Rylov may be the favorite after his Russian teammate and defending champion Kliment Kolesnikov failed to qualify for the final. Kolesnikov placed 16th in the semis in 54.86 shortly after winning the 100 free on Wednesday.

Great Britain is in position to defend their title in the mixed 400 medley relay, having won all three editions of the event at the European Championships since its inception in 2014. Their prelim squad included Adam Peaty splitting a blazing 57.63 on breaststroke.

The Brits lineup in finals will feature Kathleen Dawson, Peaty, James Guy and Anna Hopkin, notably leaving off Freya Anderson who will have the 200 free final earlier in the session.

Kolesnikov will lead-off for Russia, with Yuliya Efimova getting the nod on breaststroke and Andrei Minakov and Maria Kameneva rounding out the roster that should challenge for gold.

Women’s 200 Fly Final

  • European Record: 2:04.27, Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2009
  • European Championship Record: 2:04.79, Mireia Belmonte (ESP), 2014
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 2:08.43
  1. Boglarka Kapas (HUN), 2:06.50
  2. Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2:08.14
  3. Svetlana Chimrova (RUS), 2:08.55

Boglarka Kapas assumed control of the women’s 200 fly final on the second 50 and cruised to victory in a time of 2:06.50, successfully defending her title from 2018.

Kapas shoots up from fourth to second in the 2020-21 world rankings, improving on her season-best of 2:06.85 set in March.

Katinka Hosszu charged home on the final 50 to snag the silver medal in 2:08.14, giving her a new season-best as the Hungarians go 1-2. This is Hungary’s third 1-2 finish in the last six championships, also doing so in 2010 and 2012 (when Hosszu won).

2018 silver medalist Svetlana Chimrova came in for the bronze in 2:08.55.

Men’s 100 Back Final

  • European Record: 52.11, Camille Lacourt (FRA), 2010
  • European Championship Record: 52.11, Camille Lacourt (FRA), 2010
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 53.85
  1. Robert Glinta (ROU), 52.88
  2. Hugo Gonzalez (ESP), 52.90
  3. Apostolos Christou (GRE) / Yohann Ndoye Brouard (FRA), 52.97

Romanian Robert Glinta charged down the last few meters to emerge victorious in a razor-thin men’s 100 backstroke final, edging Spaniard Hugo Gonzalez by .02 to win the gold medal in a time of 52.88.

Glinta’s swim lowers his Romanian National Record for the third time this week, having been 52.97 yesterday, and is also Romania’ first European champion since 2004 and their first-ever male champion

Gonzalez puts up a blistering 52.90 PB for silver, closing in a blazing 26.98 while Apostolos Christou and Yohann Ndoye Brouard tie for the bronze in 52.97.

Brouard’s French teammate Mewen Tomac was fifth in 53.00, and Italian Thomas Ceccon (53.02) rounds out an incredibly tight top six, separated by just 14 one hundredths.

Luke Greenbank successfully adds this event to his Olympic program in 53.34 for seventh, while 2018 silver medalist and one of the fastest men in history, Evgeny Rylov, fell to eighth in 53.51.

Women’s 100 Back Semi-Finals

  • European Record: 58.12, Gemma Spofforth (GBR), 2009
  • European Championship Record: 58.73, Mie Nielsen (DEN), 2016
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 1:00.25
  1. Kathleen Dawson (GBR), 58.44 CR
  2. Kira Toussaint (NED), 58.73
  3. Maria Kameneva (RUS), 59.30
  4. Margherita Panziera (ITA), 59.53
  5. Cassie Wild (GBR), 59.75
  6. Maaike De Waard (NED), 59.76
  7. Anastasia Gorbenko (ISR), 59.78
  8. Anastasia Fesikova (RUS), 1:00.00

Kathleen Dawson threw down a new European Championship Record in the second semi-final of the women’s 100 back, clocking 58.44 to finish just two tenths shy of her best time set last month.

Dawson breaks the previous CR of 58.73, set by Denmark’s Mie Nielsen in 2016 and matched by Kira Toussaint in the first semi.

Toussaint’s 58.73 showing is within a tenth of her Dutch National Record of 58.65, set in April, while Russia’s Maria Kameneva qualifies third overall in a solid 59.30.

Dawson (29.89) and Kameneva (29.93) were the only two swimmers sub-30 on the second 50, while Toussaint (28.43) had the most front-end speed.

Anastasia Gorbenko rebroke her Israeli Record in 59.78 for seventh.

Men’s 200 Free Semi-Finals

  • European Record: 1:42.00, Paul Biedermann (GER), 2009 – WR
  • European Championship Record: 1:44.89, Pieter van den Hoogenband (NED), 2002
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 1:47.02
  1. Martin Malyutin (RUS), 1:45.60
  2. Duncan Scott (GBR), 1:46.15
  3. Tom Dean (GBR), 1:46.17
  4. Danas Rapsys (LTU), 1:46.19
  5. Antonio Djakovic (SUI), 1:46.26
  6. Robin Hanson (SWE), 1:46.50
  7. Kristof Milak (HUN), 1:46.77
  8. Velimir Stjepanovic (SRB), 1:47.08

We’ve seen it all week – Martin Malyutin coming on like a train at the end of races to get his hand on the wall first.

The 21-year-old Russian did it again in the second semi of the men’s 200 free, clocking a time of 1:45.60 to qualify first into tomorrow’s final – closing in 26.24. Malyutin established a best time of 1:45.15 leading off the 800 free relay on Wednesday.

Defending champion Duncan Scott (1:46.15) was second in the heat, and his British teammate Tom Dean (1:46.17) was third, qualifying them in the same positions for the final.

2018 silver medalist Danas Rapsys emerged out of the first semi in 1:46.19, qualifying fourth overall. Robin Hanson set a new Swedish Record in 1:46.50, and Kristof Milak charged home in 26.38 for third in the heat in 1:46.77.

It ended up being a razor-thin battle for the last few spots into the final, with Serbian Velimir Stjepanovic claiming the final spot in 1:47.08. The next four finishers were within a tenth of him.

Women’s 200 Breast Semi-Finals

  • European Record: 2:19.11, Rikke Moeller Pedersen (DEN), 2013 – WR
  • European Championship Record: 2:19.84, Rikke Moeller Pedersen (DEN), 2014
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 2:25.52
  1. Molly Renshaw (GBR), 2:21.55
  2. Abbie Wood (GBR), 2:21.86
  3. Lisa Mamie (SUI), 2:23.15
  4. Evgeniia Chikunova (RUS), 2:23.33
  5. Yuliya Efimova (RUS), 2:23.56
  6. Marina Garcia (ESP), 2:24.25
  7. Jessica Vall (ESP), 2:24.50
  8. Francesca Fangio (ITA), 2:24.56

The British duo of Molly Renshaw and Abbie Wood dominated the first semi of the women’s 200 breast, producing respective times of 2:21.55 and 2:21.86. The two of them ended up qualifying 1-2 for the final by a wide margin.

Renshaw sits second in the world this season at 2:20.89, the British Record, while Wood is fourth in 2:21.69.

Lisa Mamie smashed her Swiss Record by over a second in 2:23.15 to win the second semi, with Russians Evgeniia Chikunova (2:23.33) and Yuliya Efimova (2:23.56) were close behind to qualfiy fourth and fifth overall.

Men’s 50 Fly Semi-Finals

  1. Andrii Govorov (UKR), 22.97
  2. Andrey Zhilkin (RUS), 23.02
  3. Andrei Minakov (RUS) / Szebasztian Szabo (HUN), 23.10
  4. Thomas Ceccon (ITA), 23.31
  5. Nyls Korstanje (NED), 23.34
  6. Piero Codia (ITA), 23.35
  7. Konrad Czerniak (POL), 23.36

Two-time defending champion and world record holder Andrii Govorov was the lone man to crack 23 seconds in the 50 fly semis, coming in at 22.97 for the top seed.

Govorov is now third in the 2020-21 world rankings.

Andrey Zhilkin topped the first semi in 23.02 for second, while Andrei Minakov and Szebasztian Szabo dead-heated at 23.10 to share third overall.

Szabo is one of three men who have broken 23 this season, clocking 22.96 in December.

2014 gold medalist Florent Manaudou was among the notable names to miss the final, clocking 23.41 for 11th. There was also a tie between Maxime Grousset and Daniel Zaitsev for ninth in 23.39.

Women’s 200 Free Final

  1. Barbora Seemanova (CZE), 1:56.27
  2. Federica Pellegrini (ITA), 1:56.29
  3. Freya Anderson (GBR), 1:56.42

The women’s 200 free final turned out to be an unbelievable four-way battle all the way to the final touch, with Czech Republic’s Barbora Seemanova edging out the gold medal victory in a National Record time of 1:56.27.

Seemanova, who held the previous record at 1:56.96, is the first Czech women’s champion since 2012.

Seemanova and 2018 champion Charlotte Bonnet established themselves early in the race, sitting out front of the field, but Federica Pellegrini and Freya Anderson really turned on the jets down the stretch.

Pellegrini made one last charge in the closing meters, but Seemanova held her off and nipped her at the wall by .02, with the Italian taking silver in 1:56.29, marking her fifth medal in the event’s history.

Anderson snagged bronze in 1:56.42, getting by early leader Bonnet (1:56.55).

Men’s 200 Breast Final

  • European Record: 2:06.12, Anton Chupkov (RUS), 2019
  • European Championship Record: 2:06.80, Anton Chupkov (RUS), 2018
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 2:10.35
  1. Anton Chupkov (RUS), 2:06.99
  2. Arno Kamminga (NED), 2:07.35
  3. Erik Persson (SWE), 2:07.66

Anton Chupkov roared through the field as he often does en route to successfully defended his title in the men’s 200 breast, turning sixth at the 100 (1:02.31) before closing in 1:04.68 (32.43/32.25) for a final time of 2:06.99.

The world record holder at 2:06.12, Chupkov has now broken the 2:07 mark five times (with two additional swims of 2:07.00). This swim ranks as the 14th-fastest of all-time. The Russian jumps up one spot, fourth to third, in the world rankings.

Arno Kamminga, who ranks #2 on that list thanks to a Dutch Record of 2:06.85 in December, moved up from fifth at the 150 to claim silver in 2:07.35, closing in a blazing 32.23.

Sweden’s Erik Persson dips under his National Record by almost two tenths in 2:07.66 for bronze, improving on his 2:07.85 that was first set in 2017 and then tied in the semi-finals.

Finland’s Matti Mattsson took charge of the race early and led through the 150 in 1:34.13, but faded coming home and ends up fourth in 2:08.48. He set a National Record of 2:08.26 in the semis.

Men’s 200 IM Final

  • European Record: 1:55.18, Laszlo Cseh (HUN), 2009
  • European Championship Record: 1:56.66, Laszlo Cseh (HUN), 2012
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 1:59.67
  1. Hugo Gonzalez (ESP), 1:56.76
  2. Jeremy Desplanches (SUI), 1:56.95
  3. Alberto Razzetti (ITA), 1:57.25

Hugo Gonzalez continues to perform unbelievably here in Budapest, closing in a scintillating 27.76 to win the men’s 200 IM in a time of 1:56.76.

Gonzalez demolishes his Spanish Record (1:58.03) by well over a second in 1:56.76, and falls just a tenth shy of the nine-year-old Championship Record. The 22-year-old now ranks fifth in the 2020-21 world rankings.

After veteran and five-time champion Laszlo Cseh took over the lead on the backstroke leg, 2018 winner Jeremy Desplanches took over the lead at the 150 with a 33.59 breast split, and Italian Alberto Razzetti was right there after splitting 32.99.

On free, Gonzalez moved up from fourth to win by two tenths, while Desplanches (1:56.95) and Razzetti (1:57.25) picked up silver and bronze.

Cseh was fourth in 1:58.04, an impressive result for the 35-year-old, and the other Hungarian, Hubert Kos, was fifth in 1:58.12 after setting a World Junior Record of 1:56.99 in the semis.

Current world #1 Duncan Scott ended up finishing sixth in 1:58.18.

Mixed 4×100 Medley Relay Final

  • European Record: 3:40.18, Great Britain, 2018
  • European Championship Record: 3:40.18, Great Britain, 2018
  1. Great Britain, 3:38.82 ER
  2. Netherlands, 3:41.28
  3. Italy, 3:42.30

Great Britain remains undefeated at the European Championships in the mixed 400 medley relay, winning a fourth straight gold medal by smashing their European Record by over a second in 3:38.82.

Kathleen Dawson was right on her semi-final time on the lead-off leg for the Brits, and then Adam Peaty scorched a 57.13 breast leg. James Guy split 50.61 on fly, the fastest among men in the field, and then Anna Hopkin closed things off with a strong 52.65 free split.

The previous European, Championship and British Records were set at the 2018 Euro Championships in Glasgow in a time of 3:40.18.

Kliment Kolesnikov got Russia off to a great start with a 52.09 lead-off, his fastest swim ever and under the official European Record, but it won’t count officially because it’s a mixed relay. Evgeny Rylov has been as fast as 51.97 on a mixed relay, but the official ER is 52.11 and the Russian mark is 52.12.

Despite that hot start for the Russians, it was the Netherlands (3:41.28) and Italy (3:42.30) getting on the podium in second and third, both lowering National Records. Russia ended up fourth in 3:43.60.

Fresh off the 200 breast final, Arno Kamminga split 58.37 for the Dutch on breast, and Femke Heemskerk recorded her fastest relay split ever in 51.87 on the anchor leg.

The Italians received a blazing 58.05 breast split from Nicolo Martinenghi and a quick 47.16 anchor from Alessandro Miressi.

Switzerland placed fifth in 3:46.16, also breaking their National Record of 3:46.85 set in the heats. Noe Ponti was sub-51 on fly in 50.98.

Ilya Shymanovich had an eye-popping 58.00 split on breast for Belarus, which actually had them out in the lead at the 200. The team ended up sixth in 3:46.82.

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Trevor T
4 months ago

All those records set in 2009 just goes to show the crazy effect of the shiny suits.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Trevor T
4 months ago

I like to wonder what today’s swimmers would be in those suits. I think people like Scott and Dean could probably sub 1:42 200 FR in a full body poly suit. We’d also see a ton of 46.5s-7s in the 100 free. Dressel could probably go something ridiculous like 48.7 in the 100 fly. Man it’s so dumb that FINA didn’t rescind those world records.

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Reply to  Mr Piano
4 months ago

I think both Scott and Dean probably wouldn’t get as much benefit, seemed to help really built guys more than the slimmer “feel for the water” type swimmers.

Rapsys carries more muscle and has big underwaters, I think he could do something nasty in a supersuit.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Togger
4 months ago

Underwaters don’t help in the shiny suits, remember Phelps vs Biedermann? Phelps threw out a nasty fast underwater and he didn’t move in front of Biedermann like at all

Swim nerd
Reply to  Mr Piano
4 months ago

Biedermann had a significantly better suit than phelps, who didn’t use a full polyurethane suit.

Reply to  Togger
4 months ago

Biedermann as well. He was built like a tank

Reply to  Mr Piano
4 months ago

One of the main problems of the “real shiny suits” (the 100% poly suits used in 2009) was that provided different advantages to different swimmers, so I don’t know if the most aquatic swimmers, like Duncan Scott for instance, would have received a so great advantage.

Reply to  nuotofan
4 months ago

Dressel also talked about how it completely changes your body position in the water, I’d have to imagine it’s gonna disproportionately help people who let their hips dip a little lower naturally

Reply to  nuotofan
4 months ago

They made a bigger difference for certain swimmers, but everyone got a massive boost. Irie and Eamon Sullivan are pretty slight swimmers who benefited massively.

Reply to  Mr Piano
4 months ago

The dumbest thing is that FINA allowed supersuits in the first place. The rules said ‘no flotation devices’. But hey, what are rules when you have incompetent little officials running the show.

Reply to  Trevor T
4 months ago

Given that there were 5 dudes sub48 in the 100free final & the top 2 guys were under 47.5, I think we have a chance to see a textile 100free final that’s as fast as 2009 across the board – sub48 to make the final, top 6 under 47.5.

Reply to  Trevor T
4 months ago

Are the costumes of 2009 very different from the current mizuno?

4 months ago

2im winning predictions here
I say 1.56.4

4 months ago

200im at Olympics…: 1:56. Phelps could have won this time too

Kitajima Fan
4 months ago

Alrighty let’s get this going boys, I’m ready to change my username

Reply to  Kitajima Fan
4 months ago

Luke Greenbank fan pls

Fresh Cuts
Reply to  Kitajima Fan
4 months ago

Daddy chupkov

Michael Schwartz
Reply to  Kitajima Fan
4 months ago

I’d change your name to Kita-cheater-jima if I were you.

Eric the eel > Phelps
4 months ago


4 months ago

I find myself a bit sad about Kolesnikov being out of the final

Reply to  Teddy
4 months ago

The schedule was really bad. Not happening at the Olympics

Reply to  Sly
4 months ago

Thanks sly, that helps a bit

Reply to  Teddy
4 months ago

He will lead the mixed relay tonight.

Reply to  whever
4 months ago

That helps a lot!

4 months ago

Fun Fact: Miressi was the oldest in the men’s 100m freestyle final yesterday at only 22 years old. There were 5 guys under 48 in that final and the top 2 went faster than Chalmers did to win the gold in Rio. Just goes to show how ridiculous of improvement there could still be to come in this event in the coming years.

Reply to  Chad
4 months ago

I’m wondering if the lockdowns and interrupted training were good for swimmers

Either physiologically, or maybe mentally as they built up desire to get back to training

The times have been quite fast since they returned to competition

Reply to  Teddy
4 months ago

Not gonna lie, my sprint times improved quite a bit after I took a couple years off from swimming completely. I think there’s something to say for extended time out of the pool being beneficial for swimmers, or at least sprinters.

Reply to  Chad
4 months ago

It’s quite mindblowing

Reply to  Chad
4 months ago

And shows how much the 200 and 400 have lagged. Hoogenband’s better event was the hundred, but his best wouldn’t be right up with the best anymore, whereas the 1.44 in the 200 would be. Thorpe’s 1.44/3.40 would make him favourite going into Tokyo.

Reply to  Togger
4 months ago

If I had to guess, I’d say the breaks would benefit sprinters and do the opposite for long distance

Further speculating that it’ll be worse for older athletes, but less sure about that

Bars being closed might help the bro-iest sprinters stay focused

Reply to  Teddy
4 months ago


Can´t see Playboy like guys such as Scherer and Hall doing better cause of that

Reply to  Chad
4 months ago

The top 3 was the fastest podium on a major international tournament since 2010. My data doesnt go further than that, but i’m assuming the podium in Rome was faster. And this is ‘just’ the European championships, normally one of the slowest international tournaments.

Joris Bohnson
Reply to  Chad
4 months ago

You know what , I’m about to say it: It will take at least 47.9 to make the olympic final in tokyo (Scott, Dressel, Kolesnikov, Miressi, Chalmers, Minakov, Held, Nemeth, Grousset, etc…)

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Tokyo 2021
Reply to  Joris Bohnson
4 months ago

Is likely, Dressel, Chalmers, Kolesnikov, Miressi, etc should be clocked under 48 in the final of Olympic Games

Eric the eel > Phelps
4 months ago

Tomac & Brouard are the new Lacourt & Stravius

Reply to  Eric the eel > Phelps
4 months ago

Yeah I remember seeing a podium with Stravius as gold medal and then Grevers and Lacourt…. I thought to myself how a shortie is Stravius…. That Shortie is 1, 90 mmm!!!!
Old generation of swimmers were giants! Any guesses on why it stopped to be an important factor?

4 months ago

Watching side breathers swim fly hurts my neck

Reply to  50free
4 months ago

Nothing in my neck but definitely suddenly some lack of air lmao

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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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