2021 European Short Course Championships: Day 4 Finals Live Recap

2021 LEN EUROPEAN SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • Tuesday, November 2nd – Sunday, November 7th
  • Aquatics Palace, Kazan Russia
  • SCM (25m)
  • Prelims recap
  • Results

The day four finals of the European Short Course Championships will feature some of the continent’s biggest names aiming for gold. Finals for tonight’s session include the men’s 200 IM, women’s 100 free, men’s 100 back, women’s 200 breast, men’s 200 fly, women’s 50 back and women’s 1500. There will also be semi-finals in the women’s 100 back, men’s 200 free, women’s 100 fly, men’s 200 breast, women’s 200 IM and men’s 50 fly. Tonight’s finals start at 6:30 local time in Kazan (11:30 AM EST).

The session starts off with a trio of finals right away, with Greek Record holder Andreas Vazaios taking the top seed in the men’s 200 IM, Swede Sarah Sjostrom looking to sweep the sprint freestyles in the women’s 100 free final and Russia’s Kliment Kolesnikov perhaps hunting for the record books in the men’s 100 back final. Hungary’s Kristof Milak will seek redemption in the 200 fly final after missing the podium entirely in the 100 fly, while current World Record holder Kira Toussaint will take on the 100 back semi/50 back final double. Sjostrom will also face a tough double, with the 100 fly semis scheduled to start just 31 minutes after her 100 free final.

Men’s 200 IM Final

  • SC Euros Record: Andreas Vazaios (GRE) – 1:50.85 (2019)
  • European Record: Andreas Vazaios (GRE) – 1:50.85 (2019)
  • World Record: Ryan Lochte (USA) – 1:49.63 (2012)

Top 3 finishers: 

  • Gold: Andreas Vazaios (GRE): 1:51.70
  • Silver: Thomas Ceccon (ITA): 1:52.49
  • Bronze: Alberto Razzetti (ITA) 1:52.75

Greece’s Andreas Vazaios successfully defended his SC Euros title in the 200 IM, touching in 1:51.70 to take the gold. Vazaios used a blistering middle 100 with a 27.05 back and 32.29 breast split to put himself a full second clear of the field at the 150 and never looked back, winning by three quarters of a second. That swim is a bit off of his own meet and European Record of 1:50.85, which he set in 2019.

The Italians rounded out the podium, with Thomas Ceccon finishing in second for the silver and Alberto Razzetti sneaking in for the bronze. The Italians both closed hard, with Ceccon posting the field’s fastest closing split of 26.87 and Razzetti having the second fastest in 27.22.

18 year-old Hungarian Hubert Kos finished just off the podium in fourth after opening the race hard and leading at the halfway point. That marks a near two second drop for Kos, with his previous best clocking in at 1:54.59 from last month’s Berlin FINA World Cup stop.

Women’s 100 Freestyle Final

  • SC Euros Record: Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) – 50.95 (2017)
  • European Record: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 50.58 (2017)
  • World Record: Cate Campbell (AUS) – 50.25 (2017)

Top 3 finishers: 

  • Gold: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE): 51.26
  • Silver: Kasia Wasick (POL) 51.58
  • Bronze: Marrit Steenbergen (NED): 51.92

Gold medal favorite Sarah Sjostrom completed her sweep of the Euro sprint freestyle titles, taking gold in the 100 free in 51.26. Sjostrom had the early lead at the 50 by nearly a half second, splitting 24.70 on the way out. She held on for victory by over 3 tenths, though was well off her own European Record of 50.58 from 2017.

Touching for the silver in 51.58 was Poland’s Kasia Kasick, who also was runner-up to Sjostrom in the 50. Wasick closed hard, posting the field’s fastest 2nd 50 split of 26.42, but it wasn’t enough to make up Sjostrom’s early lead. That swim is just off of Wasick’s best time of 51.44 for September’s ISL meet in Napoli. The Netherlands’ Marrit Steenbergen was the only other swimmer under 52 seconds, claiming the bronze in 51.92.

Men’s 100 Backstroke Final

  • SC Euros Record: Stanislav Donets / Arkady Vyatchanin (RUS) – 48.97 (2009)
  • European Record: Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS) – 48.58 (2020)
  • World Record: Coleman Stewart (USA) – 48.33 (2021)

Top 3 finishers:

  • Gold: Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS): 49.13
  • Silver: Robert Glinta (ROU): 49.31
  • Bronze: Apostolos Christou (GRE): 49.87

Russia’s Kliment Kolesnikov will stand atop the backstroke podium for a second time, winning the gold in the 100 in 49.13 after previously winning the 50 back earlier in the meet. Kolesnikov’s win actually was a come-from-behind victory with the field’s fastest back half split of 25.31 after flipping second at the 50. The swim is a half second off Kolesnikov’s lifetime best and European Record of 48.58.

Romania’s Robert Glinta, the 50 back bronze medalist, was the race’s early leader after flipping at 23.69 at the 50. He was unable to hold off Kolesnikov on the back half, however and touched 2nd for the silver in 49.31.

Touching in third for the bronze of Greece’s Apostolous Christou, who broke his own Greek National Record in 49.87. He set the record in yesterday’s semis at 49.98.

Women’s 100 Backstroke Semi-final

  • SC Euros Record: Kira Toussaint (NED) – 55.17 (2019)
  • European Record: Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 55.03 (2014)
  • World Record: Minna Atherton (AUS) – 54.89 (2019)

Top 8 finishers: 

  • 1st: Kira Toussaint (NED): 56.04
  • 2nd: Maaike De Waard (NED): 56.51
  • 3rd: Maria Kameneva (RUS): 56.71
  • 4th: Mimosa Jallow (FIN): 57.23
  • 5th: Simona Kubova Baumrtova (CZE): 57.36
  • 6th: Margherita Panziera (ITA): 57.51
  • 7th (Tie): Paulina Peda (POL)/Analia Pigree (FRA): 57.64

Dutch 200 back champion Kira Toussaint cemented her spot as the top seed in the 100 back heading into tomorrow’s final by winning the second semi in 56.04. Toussaint will return to the pool shortly to attempt to capture her second gold of the meet in the women’s 50 back.

Countrymate Maaike De Waard won the first semi in 56.51 and will take the second seed heading into tomorrow, setting up a possible Dutch sweep of the top of the podium. Rounding out the top three was Russia’s Maria Kameneva, who finished 2nd in the first semi in 56.71.

Poland’s Paulina Peda and France’s Analia Pigree tied for the 7th/8th spot for tomorrow’s final, with five swimmers qualifying out of the first semi.

Men’s 200 Freestyle Semi-final

  • SC Euros Record: Paul Biedermann (GER) – 1:39.81 (2009)
  • European Record: Paul Biedermann (GER) – 1:39.37 (2009)
  • World Record: Paul Biedermann (GER) – 1:39.37 (2009)

Top 8 finishers:

  • 1st: David Popovici (ROU): 1:43.08
  • 2nd: Luc Kroon (NED): 1:43.33
  • 3rd: Daniil Shatalov (RUS): 1:43.50
  • 4th: Ivan Girev (RUS): 1:43.55
  • 5th (Tie): Matteo Ciampi (ITA)/Marco De Tullio (ITA): 1:43.62
  • 7th: Stan Pinjenburg (NED): 1:43.74
  • 8th: Jordan Pothain (FRA): 1:44.20

Teenage sensation David Popovici from Romania will take the top seed in the men’s 200 free into tomorrow night’s final after winning the first semi in 1:43.08. Popovici worked his way through his heat, flipping at 5th at the 50, 4th and the 100 and 2nd at the 150 before pulling away on the final 50. The swim marks a half-second best time for the Romanian, with his prior best coming from last week’s Kazan World Cup stop.

Winning the second semi-final was Dutchman Luc Kroon, who won gold in the 400 free in a new Dutch record, in 1:43.33. Kroon’s distance prowess was on display, as he posted the field’s fastest final 50 split of 25.94.

We should be in for a great race in tomorrow’s finals, as the top 6 qualifiers all swam within .54 seconds of each other this evening.

Women’s 100 Butterfly Semi-final

  • SC Euros Record: Sarah Sjotrom (SWE) – 55.00 (2017)
  • European Record: Sarah Sjotrom (SWE) – 54.61 (2014)
  • World Record: Sarah Sjotrom (SWE) – 54.61 (2014)

Top 8 finishers: 

  • 1st: Anna Ntountounaki (GRE): 56.49
  • 2nd: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE): 56.54
  • 3rd: Elena Di Liddo (ITA): 56.71
  • 4th: Svetlana Chimrova (RUS): 56.75
  • 5th: Anastasiya Shkurdai (BLR): 56.81
  • 6th: Lana Pudar (BIH): 57.11
  • 7th: Tessa Giele (NED): 57.53
  • 8th: Ilaria Bianchi (ITA): 57.55

Greece’s Anna Ntountounaki will be the top seed into tomorrow night’s final after winning the first semi-final in 56.49. Ntountounaki used her heat’s fastest back half to be just .05 off her lifetime best from the 2019 Euros.

World Record holder Sarah Sjostrom won the second semi and will be the second seed heading into the final after touching in 56.54. That is well off her lifetime best of 54.61, though her race came just 30 minutes after claiming gold in the 100 free.

Bosnia and Herzegovia’s Lana Pudar qualified for her second final of these championships after finishing fifth in the 200 fly earlier in the meet. The 15 year old slashed two tenths off of her lifetime best.

Women’s 200 Breaststroke Final

  • SC Euros Record: Rikke Moller Pedersen – 2:15.21 (2013)
  • European Record: Rikke Moller Pedersen – 2:15.21 (2013)
  • World Record: Rebecca Soni – 2:14.57 (2009)

Top 3 finishers:

  • Gold: Evgeniia Chikunova (RUS) 2:16.88
  • Silver: Maria Temnikova (RUS): 2:18.45
  • Bronze: Francesca Fangio (ITA): 2:19.69

Russian teenage sensation Evgeniia Chikunova threw down a massive swim in the 200 breast final to win easily and break her own World Junior Record. The 16 year-old outsplit the field by nearly 1.2 seconds on the final 50 to grab the gold in 2:16.88 and chop almost three quarters of a second off her old best and WJR of 2:17.57 from the ISL Napoli stop in September.

Countrymate Maria Temnikova touched 2nd to claim the silver in 2:18.45 to make it a 1-2 sweep for the host nation. Italy’s Francesca Fangio held off a hard charging back half from the Czech Republic’s Kristyna Horska to take the bronze in 2:19.69.

The field’s two other teenagers, Lithuania’s Kotryna Teterevkova and Denmark’s Clara Rybak-Andersen finished a distant 7th and 8th.

Men’s 200 Butterfly Final

  • SC Euros Record: Laszlo Cseh (HUN) – 1:49.00 (2015)
  • European Record: Laszlo Cseh (HUN) – 1:49.00 (2015)
  • World Record: Daiya Seto (JPN) – 1:48.24 (2018)

Top 3 finishers: 

  • Gold: Alberto Razzetti (ITA) 1:50.24
  • Silver: Kristof Milak (HUN) 1:51.11
  • Bronze: Egor Pavlov (RUS) 1:51.81

In another surprising fly upset, Italy’s Alberto Razzetti went toe to toe with Hungary’s Kristof Milak, the Tokyo 2020 200 fly gold medalist, and came out on top with a 1:50.24. Razzetti consistently outsplit Milak through the whole race, though the biggest difference came with Razzetti blasting a 28.86 final 50 to secure the victory.

Milak will settle for the silver after stopping the clock in 1:51.11. The swim comes in 1.2 seconds off Milak’s best time from 2019 and continues a somewhat underwhelming meet for the Hungarian. Milak missed the podium completely after touching 4th in the 100 fly during Wednesday’s finals.

Touching in third for the bronze was Russia’s Egor Pavlov, who outsplit Bulgaria’s Antani Iavanov on the final 50 to get on the podium. Iavanov, who also swims in the NCAA for Virginia Tech, will miss the podium after qualifying second out of the semi-finals.

Women’s 50 Backstroke Final

  • SC Euros Record: Sanja Jovanovic (CRO) – 25.70 (2009)
  • European Record: Kira Toussaint (NED) – 25.60 (2020)
  • World Record: Kira Toussaint (NED) – 25.60 (2020)

Top 3 finishers: 

  • Gold: Kira Toussaint (NED): 25.79
  • Silver: Analia Pigree (FRA): 26.08
  • Bronze: Maaike De Waard (NED): 26.11

The Nethlands’ Kira Toussaint tops the backstroke podium for the second time at these championships, taking the 50 back in 25.79. Last night, Toussaint won the 200 back and will look to make it a clean backstroke sweep in the 100 tomorrow night after qualifying first for tomorrow’s final earlier in the session. The swim is just off Toussaint’s own European and World Record of 25.60, set in November of last year.

Analia Pigree touched in second in 26.08 to claim the silver. Pigree came into the final as the top seed out of the semis. Toussaint’s countrymate Maaike De Waard touched in third for the bronze in 26.11, which marks a best time for De Waard.

Men’s 200 Breaststroke Semi-final

  • SC Euros Record: Marco Koch (GER) – 2:00.53 (2015)
  • European Record: Kirill Prigoda (RUS) – 2:00.16 (2018)
  • World Record: Kirill Prigoda (RUS) – 2:00.16 (2018)

Top 8 finishers: 

  • 1st: Arno Kammings (NED): 2:02.54
  • 2nd: Aleksandr Zhigalov (RUS): 2:02.64
  • 3rd: Ilya Shymanovich (BLR): 2:02.66
  • 4th: Mikhail Dorinov (RUS): 2:02.78
  • 5th: Erik Persson (SWE): 2:03.50
  • 6th: Matej Zabojnik (CZE): 2:04.67
  • 7th: Marco Koch (GER): 2:04.82
  • 8th: Christopher Rothbauer (AUT): 2:05.14

The men’s 200 breast final is setting up to be a great race, as the top four qualifiers into tomorrow’s final were all within two tenths of one another in the semis. Dutchman Arno Kamminga won the first semi-final and will be the top seed heading into tomorrow after posting a 2:02.54.

Russia’s Aleksandr Zhigalov, Belarus’ Ilya Shymanovich and Russia’s Mikhail Dorinov were close on his heels in the second semi and qualified 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively.

Also lurking as the 7th qualifier is former World Record holder and current SC Euros Meet Record holder Marco Koch of Germany, who posted a 2:04.82 to qualify for the final. Koch’s 100 breast was a bit of a disappointment, where he failed to move onto the final, though a swimmer with his pedigree is difficult to count out in a championship final.

Women’s 200 IM Semi-final

  • SC Euros Record: Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 2:02.53 (2015)
  • European Record: Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 2:01.86 (2014)
  • World Record: Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 2:01.86 (2014)

Top 8 finishers:

  • 1st: Anastasya Gorbenko (ISR): 2:06.75
  • 2nd: Viktoria Gunes (TUR): 2:07.16
  • 3rd: Maria Ugolkova (SUI): 2:07.47
  • 4th: Kristyna Horska (CZE): 2:08.85
  • 5th: Irina Shvaeva (RUS): 2:09.42
  • 6th: Panna Urgai (HUN): 2:09.58
  • 7th: Costanza Cocconcelli (ITA): 2:10.19
  • 8th: Sara Franceschi (ITA): 2:10.37

Israeli teenager Anastasya Gorbenko dominated the first semi-final to take the top seed into tomorrow night’s final by posting a 2:06.75. The swim is a little off of the 18 year old Gorbenko’s best time of 2:05.04 from the ISL series in Napoli in September.

Turkey’s Viktoria Gunes, who won the 400 IM earlier in the meet, won the second semi to claim the second seed in 2:07.16. Switzerland’s Maria Ugolkova will be the third seed after finishing behind Gunes in 2:07.47.

Also qualifying fior the final was newly 17 year old Panna Urgai from Hungary, who qualified 6th in 2:09.58.

Men’s 50 Butterfly Semi-final

  • SC Euros Record: Johannes Dietrich (GER) – 22.07 (2009)
  • European Record: Steffen Deibler (GER) – 21.80 (2009)
  • World Record: Nicholas Santos (BRA) – 21.75 (2018)

Top 8 finishers:

  • 1st: Szebasztian Szabo (HUN): 22.00
  • 2nd: Thomas Ceccon (ITA): 22.19
  • 3rd: Matteo Rivolta (ITA): 22.27
  • 4th: Uemitcan Gueres (TUR): 22.43
  • 5th: Roman Shevyakov (RUS): 22.47
  • 6th: Daniil Markov (RUS): 22.53
  • 7th: Daniel Zaitsev (EST): 22.54
  • 8th: Nicholas Lia (NOR): 22.56

Hungary’s Szebasztian Szabo blasted a new SC Euros record in the 50 fly, winning the second semi in 22.00 and breaking Johannes Dietrich’s super-suit era record of 22.07 from 2009. The current World Record stands at 21.75 from Brazil’s Nicholas Santos from 2018.

A pair of Italians followed behind Szabo, with Thomas Ceccon and Matteo Rivolta qualifying 2nd and 3rd, respectively, for tomorrow’s final.

Estonia, a non-traditional European swimming power, will be represented in the final by Daniel Zaitsev, who qualified 7th.

Women’s 1500 Freestyle Final

  • SC Euros Record: NA
  • European Record: Sarah Kohler (GER) – 15:18.01 (2019)
  • World Record: Sarah Kohler (GER) – 15:18.01 (2019)

Top 3 finishers: 

  • Gold: Anastasia Kirpichnikova (RUS): 15:18.30
  • Silver: Simona Quadarella (ITA): 15:34.16
  • Bronze: Martina Caramignoli (ITA): 15:37.33

Russian distance star Anastasia Kirpichnikova blasted a massive 15:18.30 in the final of the 1500 free, rattling Sarah Kohler’s 1500 World Record from 2019. Kirpichnikova started off strong and was under World Record pace for a good portion of the race, though fell off the pace later in the race before charging home in a 29.12 final 50 to finish just .29 off of Kohler’s World Record.

Kirpichnikova’s swim now makes her the second fastest all time and also breaks the Russian National Record.

A pair of Italians rounded out the podium, with Simona Quadarella taking the silver in 15:34.16 and Martina Caramignoli finishing 3rd for the bronze in 15:37.33.

 

In This Story

25
Leave a Reply

Subscribe
Notify of

25 Comments
newest
oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Texas Tap Water
1 year ago

Milak. Lol

Kat
1 year ago

Really pleased to see Marrit getting an individual medal after a tough few years. Great swim.

nelson
1 year ago

what an swim by kirpichnikova

KnifeSmile
1 year ago

Poor Anastasia, she was so close of breaking the WR. She has improved so much this season though…amazing progress!

Koen
1 year ago

commentator was completely oblivious to Kiprichnikova swimming under WR pace for like 1350 meters lol. She seemed quite (understandably?) pissed she missed it by such a short margin – even though it’s a huge PB

Sam B
1 year ago

and to be fair, for Milak, this is a good thing, in the long run, it will motivate the shark in him

IM FAN
1 year ago

I’m not sure where he’s at in his training but I find it hilarious that Milak is faster in LCM than he is in SCM

Mike
Reply to  IM FAN
1 year ago

Same thing used to happen to Phelps in some events before racing the world cups in 2010 or 2011

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
Reply to  Mike
1 year ago

U18 American record for the 100 fly SCM is Phelps 51.11

U18 American record for the 100 fly LCM is Phelps 51.10

Sam B
Reply to  IM FAN
1 year ago

took a ton of time off after Tokyo, switched coaches.

Str
Reply to  Sam B
1 year ago

He was back to the pool at around sep 16th. Not really that much time off.

Sam B
Reply to  Str
1 year ago

yes, it’s all relative

tkrisz
Reply to  Sam B
1 year ago

Depends on how much pasta and ice cream did he eat during his break.

Str
Reply to  IM FAN
1 year ago

It’s always been the case (200fly sc PB just slightly better than lc PB). Hungarian media also agreed that they don’t perform very well in short course in general, which makes Szabo an outstanding exception.

Milak said he had a cramp in the first 100 and was not in good mood (bad performances for 50 back, 100 fly and the covid case in their team must have some side effects). He’s also aware he needs to learn. Short course is not really made for him considering how he swims (bad reaction time /start, soft turns/underwater, but gradually speeding up while swimming during the long meters). He took this championship as a training, so he’s highly not tapered at all. … Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Str
Mr Piano
Reply to  IM FAN
1 year ago

He’s either in heavy training or barely showing up.

Sam B
Reply to  IM FAN
1 year ago

plus, his long strokes are more beneficial in a longer pool. and his competitors won’t have the piano on their back for as long as in a 50 meter pool

yinz
1 year ago

I, for one, was just glad to see that Ivan Girev was still alive and swimming.

Girev (the way I remember him from his junior days) had the beautiful, easy-gliding way of moving through the water. I have always wondered what did happen to him and where did he disappear after that break-thru jr. worlds.

steven
Reply to  yinz
1 year ago

he got a silver medal in 4×200 relay in tokyo

Last edited 1 year ago by steven
Eric the eel > Phelps
Reply to  yinz
1 year ago

not only him, a ton of russian teenage swimmers disappears after having outstanding junior swims

Coach
Reply to  Eric the eel > Phelps
1 year ago

Disappeared, you say?

whever
Reply to  yinz
1 year ago

He was the second leg of ROC 4×200 relay team that won silver at the Olympics.

whever
Reply to  whever
1 year ago

In fact he’s now still the fastest in 200 free among all the 2017 World Junior Champs medalists in this event.

2017 World Junior Champs:
Ivan Girev 1:46.40
Nandor Nemeth 1:46.79
Elijah Winnington 1:46.81

Best time in 2021:
Ivan Girev 1:45.49, RUS Trials
Elijah Winnington 1:45.55, AUS Trials
Nandor Nemeth 1:46.19, Olympic prelim

He hasn’t become a star swimmer or something, but if you thought he totally disappeared, it’s just you not paying enough attention.