2022 European Championships: Day 5 Finals Preview



Day 5 Finals Event Schedule:

  • Women’s 100 Fly – Final
  • Men’s 200 Free – Final
  • Women’s 200 Breast – Final
  • Women’s 100 Back – Semifinals
  • Men’s 50 Breast – Semifinals
  • Women’s 50 Free – Semifinals
  • Men’s 200 Fly – Semifinals
  • Women’s 200 IM – Semifinals
  • Men’s 50 Back – Final
  • Women’s 1500 Free – Final
  • Mixed 4×100 Free Relay – Final

Scratch Report:

There were no scratches to report to the day 5 finals session.


We have jam-packed finals session on deck for tonight in Rome, featuring 6 finals and 5 semifinals.

Italian star distance swimmer Simona Quadarella will be looking to take the next step on her way to sweeping the women’s distance events at these Championships. Quadarella already won Gold in the women’s 800 free a few days ago, and she’s the heavy favorite in the women’s 1500 final tonight. The #4 performer all-time in the event, Quadarella has about as clear a path as she could hope for to defending her European Championships title in the event.

Of course, all eyes are going to be on Romanian 17-year-old David Popovici in the men’s 200 free final. After breaking the men’s 100 free World Record in a stunning performance a few days ago, Popovici will be looking to inch his way closer to the men’s 200 free World Record. Sitting at 1:42.00, the men’s 200 free WR is widely regarded as one of the most difficult records to break that is currently on the books. Popovici has a ways to go to get to that mark, but is a 1:42-point on the table?

Italy has been dominant in the breaststroke events at these European Championships, and they will look to continue that streak in the women’s 200 breast final tonight. Martina Carraro led semifinals with a 2:23.73 last night, which could theoretically be fast enough to win Gold tonight if she can repeat the performance. Carraro will have a fight on her hands, however, as Switzerland’s Lisa Mamie was just 0.31 seconds slower than Carraro in semifinals.

Greece’s Apostolos Christou led a tight field in the men’s 50 backstroke semifinals. The entire finals heat tonight is separated by just 0.56 seconds, marking what could be one of the tightest finishes we’ll see at this meet. Thomas Ceccon, the World Record holder in the men’s 100 back, who also won the 50 fly earlier in the meet, is someone to keep your eye on.

The women’s 100 fly will see France’s Marie Wattel go up against Sweden’s Louise Hansson for Gold. Wattel was 56.99 in semis, touching half a second ahead of Hansson. Teenager Lana Pudar is another swimmer to watch out for. She’s liable to pop off a 57-point tonight, which could certainly put her on the podium.

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1 month ago

Predicting 1:44.5 from Popovici. Seems like he went all-out this meet trying to get the 100 free WR, and it must’ve been exhilarating to the point of being exhausting to finally get it. 200 free probably not his focus.

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1 month ago

Interesting! I can buy the reasoning, and the result of being slower than Worlds…the 1.3 seconds slower is what gets me.

1 month ago

Off topic, but I’m not sure where else to post this.

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the first time Phelps broke the 400 IM WR. This is significant because he has held it ever since. He is now only the second person since at least 1950 to hold an individual WR for 20+ years joining Mary T. Meagher who held the 200 fly WR from July 7, 1979 – May 17, 2000. Whether Phelps can get the 10 months or so he needs to break Meagher’s record for longest record likely depends on Leon Marchand.

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1 month ago

He’s probably at least a bit tired from going all out in the 100free 3x, He’ll probably still have a 1:43 something, but lets not expect too much

1 month ago

Chlorine Daddy going to be after the textile best. 1.42 high definitely possible.