2022 EUROPEAN AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Thursday, August 11 – Wednesday, August 17, 2022 (pool swimming)
- Rome, Italy
- Parco Del Foro Italico
- LCM (50m)
- Start Times
- Prelims: 9:00 am local / 3:00 am ET
- Finals: 6:00 pm local / 12:00 pm ET
- Meet Central
- Event Schedule
- Live Results
- Live Stream
- Day 6 Finals Heat Sheet
Day 6 Finals Events:
- Men’s 200 Fly – Final
- Women’s 50 Free – Final
- Men’s 50 Breast – Final
- Women’s 200 IM – Final
- Men’s 50 Free – Semifinal
- Women’s 50 Breast – Semifinal
- Men’s 1500 Free – Final
- Women’s 200 Fly- Semifinal
- Men’s 200 IM – Semifinal
- Women’s 100 Back – Final
- Men’s 100 Back – Semifinal
- Mixed 4×200 Free Relay – Final
There are two scratches to report for this finals session, both coming from swimmers in this morning’s prelims who have scratched out of semifinals. In the women’s 200 fly this morning, Poland’s Aleksandra Knop swam a 2:17.74 to finish 17th overall. Although she was 17th this morning, she was the 16th qualifier for semifinals, since Great Britain’s Holly Hibbott was ineligible to advance to semifinals as the 3rd fastest British swimmer in the field. In Knop’s absence, Switzerland’s Annina Grabher has been elevated into the semifinal tonight.
In the men’s 100 back, Ukraine’s Oleksandr Zheltyakov was the 16th qualifier for semifinals as well but has pulled out of the race. Spain’s Nicolas Garcia has been tapped for semifinals in Zheltyakov’s absence.
This should be yet another action packed finals session tonight in Rome. Perhaps the most anticipated final of the night is the men’s 1500 free, where Gregorio Paltrinieri will attempt to win another Gold. After his incredible performance at the World Championships in June, in which it appeared for a large portion of the race that Paltrinieri might break the World Record, he’ll get another run at it tonight. While it’s a lot to ask for him to repeat his performance from June, Paltrinieri did have a great race in the 800 a few days ago, breaking his own Championships Record. It’s a tall order, but Paltrinieri will be racing in front of a home crowd that will be cheering him on every stroke of the race.
33-year-old Hungarian veteran Katinka Hosszu is pulling a double tonight. One of the greatest women’s swimmers in history, Hosszu is first set to race in the women’s 200 IM final, where she will be looking to add a seventh-straight European Championships medal in the event. Hosszu won five straight titles from 2010 to 2018, and then fell to third last year as Israel’s Anastasia Gorbenko won gold.
Moreover, if Hosszu were to win a medal tonight, it would mark the 98th major international medal of her career.
She also swam the heats of the mixed 4×200 free relay this morning, meaning she could add a 99th medal if Hungary were to finish in the top three tonight.
After the 200 IM, Hosszu will be back in action in the women’s 200 fly, where she will be battling for a spot in the top 8. That could be a challenge after the 200 IM final, but there’s a solid break between swims, and Hosszu looked in control in prelims of the 200 fly this morning.
Speaking of the most decorated women’s swimmers in history, Sarah Sjostrom will be looking to add another European Championships Gold medal to her name tonight in the women’s 50 free final. The World Record holder in the event, Sjostrom will try to hold off Polish star Katarzyna Wasick one more time. Sjostrom was just 0.09 seconds ahead of Wasick in semifinals, so the race tonight should be exciting.
Italy’s Margherita Panziera will be looking to add another Gold medal to her name tonight. The 200 back champion from earlier in the meet, Panziera enters the final as the top seed, although it’s a tight field.
Hungarian superstar Kristof Milak is set for action in the men’s 200 fly final, which will kick off the finals session. The fastest 200 flyer in history, Milak has a clear lane to yet another European title in the event. While Milak is as close to a guarantee for Gold as we have in the sport, the battle for Silver should be a thriller, as Alberto Razzetti, Noe Ponti, Richard Marton, Giacomo Carini, and Krysztof Chmielewski were all 1:55s in semifinals.
Nicolo Martinenghi will be looking to complete his sweep of the breaststroke sprints tonight in the men’s 50 breast final. After winning the 100 breast and tying his Italian Record earlier in the meet, Martinenghi led both prelims and semifinals of the 50 breast, and will look to do so again tonight. It would be yet another breaststroke medal for Italy at these European Championships, where they have been downright dominant. Italy went 1-2 in the men’s 100 breast earlier in the meet, and could do so again here in the 50, as Simone Cerasuolo was 2nd in semifinals by a wide margin.