2023 European Junior Championships: Day 5 Finals Live Recap


We’re headed into a heavy night of action in Belgrade, Serbia as day five of the 2023 European Junior Championships brings us five finals and eight semi-final races.

Among the finals is the girls’ 800m freestyle at the end of the session, where Turkey’s Merve Tuncel will try for her third consecutive title in the event. The 18-year-old already claimed gold here in the 1500m free so she’ll carry that momentum against the likes of rising British freestyler Amelie Blocksidge and Germany’s Julia Ackermann.

Denmark’s butterfly ace Casper Puggaard highlights the boys’ semi-finals, taking on the 50m sprint of the discipline. Puggaard hit a morning swim of 24.10 to take the top seed in his quest to double up on the 100m fly event he won last night.

Lana Pudar of Bosnia & Herzegovina is set to be in action across two events this evening, first racing the 200m butterfly final and then the 50m butterfly semi-final.

And, we’re also set for round two of the boys’ 100m back showdown among Great Britain’s Matthew Ward, Czech Republic’s Miroslav Knedla and Ukraine’s Oleksandr Zheltyakov.

The trio landed on the 50m backstroke podium already here, with Knedla taking gold, Zheltyakov snagging silver and Ward bagging bronze. We’ll see what they’re able to produce in this evening’s 1back semi-final to set themselves up for a potentially explosive final tomorrow night.


  • World Junior Record: 2:04.70, Summer McIntosh (CAN) 2023
  • European Junior Record: 2:06.71
  • European Record: 2:04.27, Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 2009
  • Championship Record: 2:08.41, Anastasia Markova (RUS) 2021
  • 2022 European Junior Champion: Lana Pudar (BIH) 2:08.92


  • GOLD: Lana Pudar (BIH) 2:06.26 *European Junior Record
  • SILVER: Alina Baievych (GER) 2:10.78
  • BRONZE: Glenda Abonyi-Toth (HUN) 2:11.61

Right off the bat, we saw a European Junior Record and Championships Record go down, courtesy of 17-year-old Lana Pudar of Bosnia & Herzegovina.

The teen blasted a winning time of 2:06.26, dominating this field the entire race, already leading by a body length immediately after turning at the first wall.

Pudar opened in 1:00.30 and brought it home in 1:06.23 to register the fastest time of her career. Entering this meet, Pudar’s lifetime best rested at the 2:06.81 she hit en route to becoming the 2022 European champion.

Pudar already won the 100m fly event last night, producing a new national record of 56.95 in the process, her first-ever foray under the 57-second barrier.

Pudar collected her first major international medal in the 200 butterfly at the 2021 Short Course World Championships in Abu Dhabi, posting a time of 2:04.88 for a new national record.


  • World Junior Record: 46.86, David Popovici (ROU) 2022
  • European Junior Record: 46.86, David Popovici (ROU) 2022
  • European Record: 46.86, David Popovici (ROU) 2022
  • Championship Record: 47.30, David Popovici (ROU) 2021
  • 2022 European Junior Champion: David Popovici (ROU) 47.69

Top 8:

  1. Boldizsar Magda (HUN) 49.53
  2. Patrick-Sebastian Dinu (ROU) 49.84
  3. Lorenzo Ballarati (ITA) 49.85
  4. Rafael Fente Damers (FRA) 49.98
  5. Davide Passafaro (ITA) 50.22
  6. Alexandre Chalendar (FRA) 50.30
  7. Rokas Jazdauskas (LTU) 50.49
  8. Martin Wrede (GER) 50.53

It was a tight pair of semi-finals in this boys’ 100m freestyle event, with the top 4 finishers all dipping under the 50-second barrier.

Landing lane 4 for tomorrow night’s final was Boldizsar Magda of Hungary. The 18-year-old notched a time of 49.53 to hold a .33 advantage over the next-quickest swimmer Patrick-Sebastian Dinu of Romania.

Dinu hit 49.84 while the 50m freestyle champion here, Lorenzo Ballarati of Italy, rounded out the top 3 performers in 49.85. Frenchman Rafael Fente Damers was the remaining sub-50 second athlete, producing 49.98 as the 4th seed.

Leader Magda has only been in the 49-second zone on one occasion before this competition, owning a previous personal best of 49.68 from this year’s Hungarian Nationals. He clocked a time of 49.89 this morning to score the 2nd seed.

Dinu’s 49.84 result represents his first time under 50 seconds, as his previous PB sat at the 50.05 logged in December of last year. Dinu will try to make it a repeat gold for his nation of Romania, although his teammate David Popovici‘s winning effort of 47.69 is a big stretch.


  • World Junior Record: 52.70, Penny Oleksiak (CAN) 2016
  • European Junior Record: 53.61, Freya Anderson (GBR) 2018
  • European Record: 51.71, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) 2017
  • Championship Record: 53.97, Marrit Steenbergen (NED) 2015
  • 2022 European Junior Champion: Nikolett Padar (HUN) 54.69


Lithuania earned its first gold medal of these championships, with Smilte Plytnykaite firing off a time of 55.31 to top this girls’ 100m free podium.

Plytnykaite has actually been much quicker already this year, owning a lifetime best and Lithuanian national record of 54.74 from April’s national championships.

The 50m freestyle champion here, Sara Curtis of Italy, was only .04 outside of gold, getting to the wall in 55.35 while versatile Hungarian Dora Molnar punched 55.56 for bronze. Molnar’s bronze is added to the 200m backstroke gold she earned here in Belgrade.

The 2022 European Junior champion in this event, Nikolett Padar of Hungary, was denied repeat gold and instead relegated to 5th place in 55.76.


  • World Junior Record: 52.53, Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS) 2018
  • European Junior Record: 52.53, Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS) 2018
  • European Record: 51.60, Thomas Ceccon (ITA) 2022
  • Championship Record: 52.91, Ksawery Masiuk (POL) 2022
  • 2022 European Junior Champion: Ksawery Masiuk (POL) 52.91

Top 8:

  1. Christian Bacico (ITA) 54.52
  2. Miroslav Knedla (CZE) 54.61
  3. Oleksandr Zheltyakov (UKR) 54.92
  4. Matthew Ward (GBR) 55.01
  5. Daniele Del Signore (ITA) 55.08
  6. Merlin Ficher (FRA) 55.49
  7. Ivan Martinez Sota (ESP) 55.58
  8. Apostolos Siskos (GRE) 55.69

While the boys’ 50m back podium claimed the 2nd, 3rd and 4th seeds, it was Italy’s Christian Bacico who put up the quickest time in this 100m of the discipline.

The teen logged a result of 54.52 to lead a trio of sub-55-second competitors, hitting a huge lifetime best in the process.

Entering these championships, Bacico’s career-quickest time stood at the 55.54 produced at this year’s Italian National Championships.

However, just like that, Bacico is now Italy’s 11th swiftest man in history in this event, one in which fellow Italian Thomas Ceccon currently holds the World Record.

Miroslav Knedla was also strong tonight, getting to the wall in 54.61, blowing away his 55.17 put up to finish 5th in this event last year in Romania. His time this evening falls just .29 outside his lifetime best from the Mare Nostrum Tour this past May.

Ukraine’s Oleksandr Zheltyakov and Great Britain’s Matthew Ward lurk as the 3rd and 4th seeds. The former earned 50m back silver behind Knedla here while he also crushed a monster 1:55.70 Ukrainian national record last night to win the 200m back. Ward earned 50m back bronze earlier in the competition.

Apostolos Siskos was the 200m back bronze medalist last night and can’t be counted out in this 1back final for tomorrow.


  • World Junior Record: 1:04.35, Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) 2013
  • European Junior Record: 1:04.35, Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) 2013
  • European Record: 1:04.35, Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) 2013
  • Championship Record: 1:05.48, Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) 2013
  • 2022 European Junior Champion: Enli Jevimova (EST) 1:06.50

Top 8:

  1. Olivia Klint Ipsa (SWE) 1:08.18
  2. Eneli Jefimova (EST) 1:08.27
  3. Irene Mati (ITA) 1:08.73
  4. Jimena Ruiz Sanchez (ESP) 1:08.86
  5. Justine Delmas (FRA) 1:08.95
  6. Lisa Nystrand (SWE) 1:09.02
  7. Chiara Della Corte (ITA) 1:09.48
  8. Nayara Pineda Lopez (ESP) 1:09.54

There weren’t any fireworks in these semi-finals of the girls’ 100m breast, as no swimmer got under the 1:08 barrier.

Sweden nabbed the 1st and 6th seeds, with Olivia Klint Ipsa touching in 1:08.18 while her teammate Lisa Nystrand posted 1:09.02. Both girls have already collected hardware here in Belgrade, with the former bagging 50m and 200m breast bronze while the latter earned 400m IM silver.

Spain also will see two competitors in tomorrow night’s final as Jimena Ruiz Sanchez scored the 4th slot in 1:08.86 while Nayara Pineda Lopez logged 1:09.54 to sneak in as the 8th-seeded swimmer.

Estonian national record holder Eneli Jefimova clocked 1:08.27 to flank Ipsa.

16-year-old Jefimova topped the 50m breast podium and scored 200m breast silver already here. She is the reigning European Junior champion having won the event in 2022 in a time of 1:06.50, so she’s holding her cards close to her vest with her casual semi swim.

Jefimova set a new Estonian record of 1:06.36 just this past April while competing at the Swim Open Stockholm. That performance ranks her 11th in the world on the season.


  • World Junior Record: 59.01, Nicolo Martinenghi (ITA) 2017
  • European Junior Record: 59.01, Nicolo Martinenghi (ITA) 2017
  • European Record: 56.88, Adam Peaty (GBR) 2019
  • Championship Record: 59.23, Nicolo Martinenghi (ITA) 2017
  • 2022 European Junior Champion: Volodymyr Lisovets (UKR), 1:00.96

Top 8:

  1. Jonas Gaur (DEN) 1:01.78
  2. Steijn Louter (NED) 1:02.22
  3. Uros Zivanovic (SRB) 1:02.25
  4. Finn Wendland (GER) 1:02.56
  5. Henri Bonnault (FRA) 1:02.76
  6. Lubin Viano (FRA) 1:02.80
  7. Nil Cadevall Micolau (ESP) 1:02.86
  8. Cas Verstegen (NED) 1:02.98

The boy’s 100m breast was also on the slow-ish side, with just one athlete clocking a time in the 1:01-zone.

It was Jonas Gaur of Denmark, the 50m breast gold medalist here, who claimed the top seed in a time of 1:01.78. That dropped nearly one second off his morning heats mark of 1:01.56. Both outings, however, blow away his previous lifetime best of 1:02.39 notched just this past April.

Dutch 200m breast victor here, Steijn Louter, scored the 2nd seed in 1:02.22. He was the bronze medalist in this event at the 2022 edition of the competition, posting a time of 1:01.32 in Romania.

Serbia has a contender in Uros Zivanovic who touched in 1:02.25 for the 3rd seed.


  • World Junior Record: 25.46, Rikako Ikee (JPN) 2017
  • European Junior Record: 25.66
  • European Record: 24.43, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) 2014
  • Championship Record: 26.14, Daria Klepikova (RUS) 2021
  • 2022 European Junior Champion: Lana Pudar (BIH) 26.49

Top 8:

  1. Martine Damborg (DEN) 26.53
  2. Lana Pudar (BIH) 26.62
  3. Paulina Cierpialowska (POL) 26.94
  4. Emmy Hallkvist (SWE) 27.01
  5. Klara Beierling (GER) 27.07
  6. Julia Ullmann (SUI) 27.10
  7. Lillian Slusna (SVK) 27.24
  8. Anna Maria Boerstler (GER) 27.28

Denmark’s Martine Damborg continued her speed from this morning to take the top spot in the girls’ 50m fly. She posted a time of 26.53, knocking .17 off of her AM result of 26.70.

The teen’s time this evening represents a new lifetime best, overtaking her previous career-quickest of 26.78 earned in April of this year. Damborg already took silver in the 100m fly on day 3 of the competition.

Bosnia & Herzegovina’s newly-minted European Junior record holder Lana Pudar was back in the water after her 200m fly victory. The 17-year-old nabbed the 2nd seed in a mark of 26.62, within striking distance of her national record of 26.29 registered for silver at the 2021 European Junior Championships.

Pudar won this event last year in Romania in a time of 26.49, so Damborg is already just .04 off of that result en route to landing lane 4 for tomorrow night’s main event.

Poland’s Paulina Cierpialowska also dipped under the 27-second barrier this evening, clocking 26.94 as the 3rd-swiftest performer.


  • World Junior Record: 22.96, Diego Ribeiro (POR) 2022
  • European Junior Record: 22.96, Diego Ribeiro (POR) 2022
  • European Record: 22.27, Andrii Govorov (UKR) 2018
  • Championship Record: 23.48, Noe Ponti (SUI) 2019
  • 2022 European Junior Champion: Casper Puggaard (DEN) 23.67

Top 8:

  1. Casper Puggaard (DEN) 23.92
  2. Ondrej Slavik (CZE) 24.11
  3. Ethan Dumesnil (FRA) 24.21
  4. Ivan Harmarchuk (UKR) 24.30
  5. Maro Miknic (CRO) 24.31
  6. Szymon Misiak (POL) 24.35
  7. Teo Del Riego Torres (ESP) 24.38
  8. Lukas Edl (AUT) 24.39

Casper Puggaard of Denmark is well on his way to doubling up on his 100m fly gold, topping the boys’ 50m fly in a rapid 23.92.

Last year in Romania, Puggaard became the European junior champion with a time of 23.67, a mark which remains as the 18-year-old’s personal best.

Czech swimmer Ondrej Slavik will try to carry on his nation’s tradition in this event, producing a time of 24.11 as the 2nd seed. Last year his teammate Daniel Gracik snagged silver in this race.

The rest of the 100m fly podium is also among the contenders, as Ethan Dumesnil of France notched 24.21 as the 3rd seed while Austria’s Lukas Edl squeaked into the final in 24.39. Dumesnil earned 1fly bronze while Edl was the silver medalist already here in Belgrade.


  • World Junior Record: 2:06.89, Summer McIntosh (CAN) 2023
  • European Junior Record: 2:11.03
  • European Record: 2:06.12, Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 2015
  • Championship Record: 2:13.03, Ilaria Cusinato (ITA) 2016
  • 2022 European Junior Champion: Leah Schlosshan (GBR) 2:13.49

Top 8:

  1. Leah Schlosshan (GBR) 2:13.30
  2. Emma Carrasco Cadens (ESP) 2:14.21
  3. Phoebe Cooper (GBR) 2:14.32
  4. Ellie McCartney (IRL) 2:14.93
  5. Mariia Diachenko (UKR) 2:15.85
  6. Lisa Nystrand (SWE) 2:16.94
  7. Lilla Minna Abraham (HUN) 2:17.41
  8. Karoline Kjelstrup (DEN) 2:17.42

Great Britain’s Leah Schlosshan set herself up nicely to defend her 200m IM title, scoring the top seed in 2:13.30. That knocked over 2 seconds off of the 2:15.43 she put up this morning to lead the pack.

Spain’s Emma Carrasco Cadens frog-hopped 2nd-seeded Phoebe Cooper of Great Britain to snag the 2nd seed this evening, logging 2:14.21.

17-year-old Cadens was the champion in the 400m IM last year in Romania and took bronze in this shorter IM in a time of 2:14.39. She’s already beaten that result with her time this evening.

Cooper is still in the mix as the 3rd-seeded performer in 2:14.32 while Ireland’s Ellie McCartney was also under the 2:15 threshold in 2:14.93 for the 4th seed.

400m IM silver medalist here Lisa Nystrand is among the contenders as well, nabbing the 6th seed in 2:16.94.


  • World Junior Record: 57.57, Regan Smith (USA) 2019
  • European Junior Record: 59.08, Anastasia Shkurdai (BLR) 2020
  • European Record: 58.08, Kathleen Dawson (GBR) 2021
  • Championship Record: 59.62, Polina Egorova (RUS) 2017
  • 2022 European Junior Champion: Dora Molnar (HUN) 1:00.88

Top 8:

  1. Lora Fanni Komoroczy (HUN) 1:01.55
  2. Daria-Mariuca Silisteanu (ROU) 1:01.59
  3. Nika Sharafutdinova (UKR) 1:01.68
  4. Aissia-Claudia Prisecariu (ROU) 1:01.85
  5. Blythe Kinsman (GBR) 1:01.90
  6. Sudem Denizli (TUR) 1:01.97
  7. Giada Gorlier (ITA) 1:02.08
  8. Sofia Salvato (ITA) 1:02.10

It’s essentially any girls’ race in this 100m backstroke, as the top 8 competitors are separated by just over half a second from one another.

Hungary’s Lori Fanni Komoroczy led the way with a time of 1:01.55, holding just a .04 advantage over Romania’s Daria-Mariuca Silisteanu. Silisteanu clocked 1:01.59 while Ukraine’s Nika Sharafutdinova rounded out the top 3 in 1:01.68.

Sharafutdinova has a shot at becoming Ukraine’s first medalist here on the girls’ side, attempting to join teammates Oleksii Hrabarov (silver 400m IM) and Oleksandr Zheltyakov (silver 50m back, gold 200m back).

The podium this time around will indeed look entirely different than 2022, as reigning European junior champion Dora Molnar of Hungary missed the final. The 200m backstroke gold medalist here, Molnar posted 1:02.15 to be relegated to the 1st reserve position in this shorter event.

The 2022 silver medalist Roos Vanotterdijk of Belgium and bronze medalist Mary-Ambre Moluh of France aged out of this competition.


  • World Junior Record: 7:43.37, Lorenzo Galossi (ITA) 2022
  • European Junior Record: 7:43.37, Lorenzo Galossi (ITA) 2022
  • European Record: 7:39.27, Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) 2019
  • Championship Record: 7:51.20, Yigit Aslan (TUR) 2021
  • 2022 European Junior Champion: Lorenzo Galossi (ITA) 7:52.04


  • GOLD: Petar Mitsin (BUL) 7:47.45 *European Junior Championships Record
  • SILVER: Vlad-Stefan Stancu (ROU) 7:49.68
  • BRONZE: Kuzey Tuncelli (TUR) 7:52.39

The boys’ 800m freestyle did not disappoint, as two national records, as well as the European Junior Championships Record, went down during the battle.

Romania’s Vlad-Stefan Stancu led through the 300m mark but then Bulgaria’s Petar Mitsin leveled up another gear to take over the lead and not look back.

Mitsin wound up at the wall first, touching in 7:47.45, a monster new lifetime best for gold. Entering this meet, 17-year-old Mitsin’s personal best and Bulgarian national record stood at the 7:55.59 he produced just this past May.

Flash forward to tonight and the teen hacked over 8 seconds off of that result to become the new champion. For perspective, Mitsin’s time this evening would render him the fastest American 17-18-year-old boy in history in this 800m free ahead of Larsen Jensen (7:48.09).

But Stancu put up a super strong swim in his own right, clocking 7:49.68 to clinch his first time under the 7:50 barrier. Stancu’s previous career-quickest stood at the 7:54.02 Romanian national record he put up at this same competition last year when he earned silver.

Mitsin now ranks 11th in the world and Stancu 20th in the world on the season.

Turkish 15-year-old Kuzey Tuncelli added bronze to his collection in 7:52.39 after already having grabbed gold in the 1500m freestyle.


  • World Junior Record: 8:11.00, Katie Ledecky (USA) 2014
  • European Junior Record: 8:21.91, Merve Tuncel (TUR) 2021
  • European Record: 8:14.10, Rebecca Adlington (GBR) 2008
  • Championship Record: 8:21.91, Merve Tuncel (TUR) 2021
  • 2022 European Junior Champion: Merve Tuncel (TUR) 8:28.32


  • GOLD: Merve Tuncel (TUR) 8:35.10
  • SILVER: Marian Ploeger (GER) 8:36.55
  • BRONZE: Julia Ackermann (GER) 8:36.85

18-year-old Merve Tuncel of Turkey successfully secured her third consecutive European Junior Championships title in this girls’ 800m freestyle event.

The teen put up a time of 8:35.10 and although that was her slowest of her 3 Euro Jrs performances, it was enough to top the podium this evening.

In 2021, Tuncel produced the current meet record of 8:21.91 while last year in Romania she collected gold in 8:28.32. Her time this evening still got to the wall ahead of the field, but two Germans were right on her heels.

Ultimately Marian Ploeger got there next in 8:36.55 while teammate Julia Ackermann also landed on the podium in 8:36.85.

Ploeger’s result this evening ripped her previous PB of 8:43.23 to shreds while Ackermann also dropped time from her previous best of 8:39.49. Both of those prior performances were just from this past springtime.


  • World Junior Record: 7:08.37, United States (USA) 2019
  • European Junior Record: 7:10.95, Hungary (HUN) 2017
  • European Record: 6:58.58, Great Britain (GBR) 2021
  • Championship Record: 7:15.46, Hungary (HUN) 2017
  • 2022 European Junior Champion: Italy (ITA) 7:17.45


  • GOLD: Italy (ITA) 7:17.42
  • SILVER: France (FRA) 7:18.23
  • BRONZE: Turkey (TUR) 7:21.38

The nation of Italy repeated as the boys’ 4x200m free relay champions, with tonight’s squad clinching the victory in a time of 7:17.42.

The combination of Alessandro Ragaini, Carlos D’Ambrosio, Federico Mao and Filippo Bertoni collectively earned gold ahead of France who touched in 7:18.23 for silver while Turkey bagged bronze in 7:21.38.

Ragaini ripped a 1:48.41 opener to launch Italy ahead, scoring the sole time of the field under 1:50. D’Ambrosio continued the speed in 1:49.22 while Mao and Bertoni hit splits of 1:51.15 and 1:48.64, respectively.

The quickest split of the French squad came from 3rd leg swimmer Corentin Pouillart who logged 1:48.26 while Turkey’s 2nd leg of Ahmet Burak Isik clocked 1:50.00. Last year Turkey earned silver while France finished in 5th place.

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5 months ago

Why do the girls 200 fly final and 50 fly semi-final occur in the same session? Seems kinda odd to have two events of the same non-freestyle stroke in the same session.

5 months ago

Jefimova and Klint Ipsa actually won shared silver medals in the 200m breast.

5 months ago

Would really like to know what happened with the German team. Seems like we had a German athlete with a „DNS“ in like half of the races the last couple of days. Passek pulled out of the 100/200 back, Schubert pulled out of the 800/1500 free, Lenz pulled out of the 100 breast, Benkler pulled out of the 200 IM …
Maybe there is a „bug“ going around?

Reply to  Sawdust
5 months ago

food poisoning for athletes that stay in same hotel

5 months ago

Romanian swimming is going from strength to strength – So many of their swimmers this week are making finals despite having 3/4 years eligibility remaining. Very impressive. Denmark also looking to be on the up after a lean spell.

Reply to  Dee
5 months ago

Only/mainly seems to be in the freestyle and backstroke events. Maybe they can also improve in the other strokes soon. Lithuania is also doing quite well (mainly in the freestyle events) for such a small country, maybe we are seeing the Meilutyte effect. Poland might also be seen as a big disappointment (after their impressive performance last year) and I think that Israel and Switzerland also used to do better.

Last edited 5 months ago by Sawdust
5 months ago

Is all well with Merve Tuncel? She hasn’t come near her “main three” PBs from July 2021:
400 Free – 4:06.25
800 Free – 8:21.91 (8:35.10 today)
1500 Free – 15:55.23

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Reply to  Wow
5 months ago

Classic Turkish swimmer

Reply to  Wow
5 months ago

Probably grinding for WCs and not rested?

Reply to  Wow
5 months ago

She suffered a back injury at the beginning of the season. but now she is very healthy and works very hard. It could be because she lost her training partner to America, or for reasons that cannot be talked. Maybe she needs a new training system

5 months ago

Spain so far has been the biggest positive surprise for me. I think this is an unusually good edition for them. GB on the other hand has been a bit underwhelming so far in my opinion.

Reply to  Sawdust
5 months ago

Yeah, very few PBs for GB, abnormally so for a junior meet

Reply to  Dee
5 months ago

GB has generally been very poor at this meet, with a few exceptions. The boys in particular have been very underwhelming. No representation in so many semi finals and finals. Anyone got any ideas as to why, or are we just weak in those age groups at the moment?

Reply to  Sawdust
5 months ago

That’s because Sean Kelly at Spain believes in work. GB have been on a steady decline for years. We are in a golden age of 100/200free and totally neglected doing work (volume and intensity), to concerned with using the iPad for filming technique, keeping people in the sport, blaming covid for pool space and a generation who wants to swim 50/100’s.
If it wasn’t for a 2009 girl from Salford leading the next generation in work GB are in trouble.
The Scott, guy, peaty era has smoothed cracks over.
No 4×2 team even swam, dark ages for GB are coming. Poor. Yet the big salary fat cats won’t care.

Reply to  Skoorbnagol
5 months ago

I agree. Very concerning I’d say.

5 months ago

2:06.2 in the 200 fly deserves its own headline. Pudar is now in medalist contention at worlds.

Reply to  Hiswimcoach
5 months ago

Women’s 200 fly has become a deep event recently. McIntosh, Zhang, Dekkers, Smith..I don’t see Pudar as a medal contender yet.

5 months ago

Used to be much slower. I think the explanation is rather obvious when you look at the names of athletes who used to „dominate“ the 200 fly (Hentke, Kapas, Hosszu, Belmonte, Thomas, Flickinger, Szilagyi, Hoshi). All of them were pretty irrelevant in the 100 fly. Nowadays we have a lot more athletes who are also good in the 100 fly (Smith, Pudar, Zhang).

5 months ago

Pudar is currently ranked 4th in the world this year in the 200 fly, with a time that would’ve earned her a medal at last year’s worlds.

Why is she not a medal contender in your eyes?

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