2024 European Championships: Day 4 Prelims Live Recap

2024 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Day 4 Prelims Heat Sheets

DAY 4 PRELIMS EVENT LINEUP

  • Men’s 200 Freestyle
  • Women’s 100 butterfly
  • Men’s 50 backstroke
  • Women’s 200 breaststroke
  • Men’s 4×100 free relay
  • Women’s 1500 freestyle

Day 4 of the 2024 European Championships has arrived. Today promises to be the most exciting day of the meet yet, as there are a number of key races to watch out for. 18-year-old Lana Pudar is making her debut at this meet, coming in as the top seed in the women’s 100 fly this morning. She enters with a 56.95, making her the top seed by well over half a second.

Additionally, Romanian superstar David Popovici will be racing in the men’s 200 free this morning. After his 46.8 in the 100 free last night, Popovici enters as the top seed in the 200 free this morning with a 1:44.70. Popovici holds the Championship Record with the 1:42.97 he swam at the 2022 European Championships.

Israel’s Michael Laitarovsky comes in as the top seed in the men’s 50 back this morning, entering with a 23.96, which is just 0.16 seconds off the European Record in the event.

MEN’S 200 FREESTYLE – HEATS

  • World Record: 1:42.00 – Paul Biedermann, Germany (2009)
  • European Record: 1:42.00 – Paul Biedermann, Germany (2009)
  • Championship Record: 1:42.97 – David Popovici, Romania (2022)

TOP 16 QUALIFIERS:

  1. David Popovici (Romania) – 1:45.44
  2. Velimit Stjepanovic (Serbia) – 1:47.18
  3. Danas Rapsys (Lithuania) – 1:47.47
  4. Antonio Djakovic (Switerland) – 1:47.61
  5. Niko Jankovic (Croatia) – 1:47.69
  6. Tomas Navikonis (Lithuania) – 1:47.73
  7. Kamil Sieradzki (Poland) – 1:47.80
  8. Bar Soloveychik (Israel) – 1:47.88
  9. Tomas Koski (Finland) – 1:47.97
  10. Robin Hanson (Sweden) – 1:48.05
  11. Tomas Lukminas (Lithuania) – 1:48.22*
  12. Konstantinos Englezakis (Greece) – 1:48.25
  13. Romano Yoav (Israel) – 1:48.27
  14. Oliver Sogaard-Andersen (Denmark) – 1:48.36
  15. Philipp Peschke (Germany) – 1:48.67
  16. Dimitrios Markos (Greece) – 1:48.72
  17. Saso Boskan (Slovenia) – 1:48.74

In a fantastic prelims performance, David Popovici put up a 1:45.44 this morning, taking the top seed for tonight’s semifinals by nearly 2 seconds. Popovici was out way faster than anyone else in the field, splitting 50.84 on the opening 100m, which was the fastest first 100 split in the field by nearly a full second.

Serbian Velimir Stjepanovic clocked a 1:47.18 for 2nd this morning, coming home with a quick 26.98 on the final 50m. Lithuanian Danas Rapsys rounded out the top 3 this morning with a 1:47.27.

Hungary’s Kristof Milak missed semifinals, coming in 20th this morning with a 1:49.06.

WOMEN’S 100 BUTTERFLY – HEATS

  • World Record: 55.18 – Gretchen Walsh, USA (2024)
  • European Record: 55.48 – Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden (2016)
  • Championship Record: 55.89 – Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden (2016)

TOP 16 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Paulina Peda (Poland) – 58.14
  2. Roos Vanotterdijk (Belgium) – 58.45
  3. Georgia Damasioti (Greece) – 58.54
  4. Sara Junevik (Sweden) – 58.82
  5. Anna Ntountounaki (Greece) – 58.83
  6. Helena Bach (Denmark) – 58.90
  7. Wiktoria Piotrowska (Poland) – 59.10
  8. Kajtaz Amina (Croatia) – 59.15
  9. Lucy Grieve (Great Britain) – 59.23
  10. Panna Ugrai (Hungary) – 59.48
  11. Lana Pudar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) – 59.54
  12. Zuzanna Famulok (Poland) – 59.59*
  13. Julia Ullmann (Switzerland) – 59.68
  14. Laura Lahtinen (Finland) – 59.72
  15. Aliisa Soini (Finland) – 59.73
  16. Iris Berger (Austria) – 59.85
  17. Ariel Hayon (Israel) – 59.94

It took under 1:00 to qualify for the women’s 100 fly semifinals tonight, marking a quick prelims of the event. Poland’s Paulina Peda clocked a 58.14 to lead the way this morning, getting out to the fastest first 50m in the field with a 27.12.

Denmark’s Helena Bach posted the fastest 2nd 50m split in the field this morning, swimming a 30.85 coming home, which was the only 2nd 50 split under 31 seconds this morning.

After coming in as the top seed, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Lana Pudar was pretty relaxed this morning, swimming a 59.54 for 11th.

50 fly champion Sara Junevik took 4th this morning with a 58.82.

MEN’S 50 BACKSTROKE – HEATS

  • World Record: 23.55 – Kliment Kolesnikov, Russia (2023)
  • European Record: 23.80 – Kliment Kolesnikov, Russia (2021)
  • Championship Record: 23.80 – Kliment Kolesnikov, Russia (2021)

TOP 16 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Apostolos Christou (Greece) – 24.66
  2. Evangelos Makrygiannis (Greece) – 24.84
  3. Ksawery Masiuk (Poland) – 24.95
  4. Hubert Kos (Hungary) – 24.96
  5. Thierry Bollin (Switzerland) – 25.04
  6. Tomer Shuster (Israel) – 25.18
  7. Michael Laitarovsky (Israel) – 25.19
  8. Adam Jaszo (Hungary) – 25.22
  9. Oleksandr Zheltiakov (Ukraine) – 25.29
  10. Kacper Stokowski (Poland) – 25.41
  11. David Gerchik (Israel) – 25.46*
  12. Conor Ferguson (Ireland) – 25.55
  13. Ralf Tribuntsov (Estonia) – 25.57
  14. Denis Popescu (Romania) – 25.58
  15. Piotr Ludwiczak (Poland) – 25.65*
  16. Sirotano Hasibovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) – 25.81
  17. Cornelius Jahn (Germany) – 25.82
  18. Ref Pedersen (Denmark) – 25.88

Greece was excellent in the men’s 50 back prelims this morning, seeing Apostolos Christou claim the top seed for tonight’s final with a 24.66, while Evangelos Makrygiannis came in 2nd with a 24.84. Poland’s Ksawery Masiuk and Hungary’s Hubert Kos were also under 25 seconds this morning, taking 3rd and 4th respectively. Kos beat his seed time of 25.59 by over half a second.

Coming in as the top seed in the event, Israel’s Michael Laitarovsky came in 7th this morning with a 25.19. He was entered at 23.96, so we can expect a faster swim for Laitarovsky tonight.

WOMEN’S 200 BREASTSTROKE – HEATS

  • World Record: 2:17.55 – Evgeniia Chikunova, Russia (2023)
  • European Record: 2:19.11 – Rikke Pedersen, Denmark (2013)
  • Championship Record: 2:19.84 – Rikke Pedersen, Denmark (2014)

TOP 16 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Kristyna Horska (Czech Republic) – 2:27.45
  2. Thea Blomsterberg (Denmark) – 2:28.08
  3. Clara Rybak-Andersen (Denmark) – 2:28.31 (TIE)
  4. Nikoleta Trnikova (Slovakia) – 2:28.31 (TIE)
  5. Ellie McCartney (Ireland) – 2:28.63
  6. Eneli Jefimova (Estonia) – 2:28.93
  7. Eleni Kontogeorgou (Greece) – 2:29.08
  8. Lisa Mamie (Switzerland) – 2:29.67
  9. Ana Blazevic (Croatia) – 2:29.90
  10. Niamh Coyne (Ireland) – 2:29.99
  11. Eszter Bekesi (Hungary) – 2:30.63
  12. Laura Lahtinen (Finland) – 2:30.84
  13. Lisa Nystrand (Sweden) – 2:31.22
  14. Maria Romanjuk (Estonia) – 2:31.31
  15. Chara Angelaki (Greece) – 2:31.64
  16. Grace Palmer (Belgium) – 2:32.51

Czech Republic’s Kristyna Horska clocked a 2:27.45 to lead the way in the women’s 200 breaststroke this morning, touching as the only swimmer in the field under 2:28. Horska was out the fast this morning, splitting 1:10.85 on the opening 100m.

Thea Blomsterberg came in 2nd with a 2:28.08, putting up a field-leading 38.13 on the final 50m.

Estonia’s Eneli Jefimova, the champion of the 100 breast last night, came in 6th this morning with a 2:28.93.

The fastest opening 100m split int he field this morning came from Estonia’s Maria Romanjuk, who clocked a 1:10.66 on the first half of her race. She ended up finishing 14th overall with a 2:31.31.

MEN’S 4×100 FREESTYLE  RELAY – HEATS

  • World Record: 3:08.24 – USA (2008)
  • European Record: 3:08.32 – France (2008)
  • Championship Record: 3:10.41 – Russian Federation (2021)

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Serbia – 3:13.47
  2. Croatia – 3:15.13
  3. Romania – 3:15.20
  4. Germany – 3:15.24
  5. Greece – 3:15.59
  6. Poland – 3:15.65
  7. Sweden – 3:17.44
  8. Israel – 3:17.64

Serbia posted the top time of the morning in the men’s 4×100 free relay by a large margin this morning, swimming a 3:13.47. Velimir Stjepanovic led off in 48.59, then Nikola Acin clocked a 48.40 on the 2nd leg, Justin Cvetkov was 49.40 on the 3rd leg, and Andrej Barna anchored in a very fast 47.08.

David Popovici was on fire on the anchor leg of Romania’s relay this morning, swimming a 46.66. That was the fastest split in the field this morning by far, with Barna’s anchor on the Serbian relay coming in 2nd. On the Romanian relay, Patrick Dinu (49.05), Alexandru Szilagyi (49.63), and Mihai Gergely (49.86) made up the first 3 legs. Romania finished 3rd with a 3:15.20.

There were 5 teams that went 3:15 this morning, which means tonight’s final should be a great race as some of the legs get swapped out.

WOMEN’S 1500 FREESTYLE – HEATS

  • World Record: 15:20.48 – Katie Ledecky, USA (2018)
  • European Record: 15:38.88 – Lotte Friis, Denmark (2013)
  • Championship Record: 15:50.22 – Boglarka Kapas, Hungary (2016)

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

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Tittat
29 days ago

Could somebody tell me what happened to Ponti? He has a chance for gold, but did not swim the semis of the 100m but yesterday. Did he become injured/sick, is it too hot in Belgrade, or just passed the opportunity…

Lopez
Reply to  Tittat
29 days ago

Sick

NornIron Swim
Reply to  Tittat
29 days ago

Sick.

Tamás from Hungary
Reply to  Tittat
29 days ago

He got fever and some gastro problems yesterday and went back home right away…

John26
Reply to  Tittat
29 days ago

The 100fly Paris final degrading as form strikes Temple and sickness strikes Ponti 🙁 hope both will be full strength in Paris

CasualSwimmer
29 days ago

Manaudou hit his fastest 50free since Rio at the French trials (prelims), 21.52
Grousset was 21.66

Last edited 29 days ago by CasualSwimmer
Genevieve Nnaji
Reply to  CasualSwimmer
29 days ago

The French are gonna be dangerous in Paris

Baguette
Reply to  CasualSwimmer
29 days ago

he shut it down in the last 5-10m too, check the race on his IG

Eternal
Reply to  CasualSwimmer
29 days ago

Just saw the video on ig, and it looks like he shut it down the last 15m’s

Notanyswimmer
29 days ago

Most casual 46.66 split ever lmao

Can’t wait for the first 45 split ever, surely that’ll come by the end of this decade

Lopez
29 days ago

46.6 with a 23.9 on the second 50 in the relay!

Andre
Reply to  Lopez
29 days ago

And his start was a flat start one, and his reaction time was 0.38, so this is basically equal to a 46.9 in the individual race
After the 200 heat 😵‍💫

Brit swim fan
Reply to  Andre
29 days ago

And not tapered!!

snailSpace
Reply to  Lopez
29 days ago

Praying he leads off in the final!!

Notanyswimmer
Reply to  snailSpace
29 days ago

No, I want him to anchor again. Could we see the first 45 split ever?

snailSpace
Reply to  Notanyswimmer
29 days ago

That would be swell too, but I want him to reclaim the WR.

Andy
Reply to  Lopez
29 days ago

I’m surprised he swam the anchor leg, he is usually the first one in the relays.

A new day
Reply to  Lopez
29 days ago

Awesome! Fastest 100m Free Relay Split in History! Chlorine Daddy is on fire! 👏 👏 👏

Genevieve Nnaji
Reply to  A new day
29 days ago

It’s not the fastest relay split in history. Several swimmers have gone 46.6 or lower

Last edited 29 days ago by Genevieve Nnaji
KatyJ
Reply to  A new day
29 days ago

In a sensible suit – Duncan Scott fastest with 46.14

PFA
Reply to  Lopez
29 days ago

Is that the first time anyone has ever come back in 23.9?

Genevieve Nnaji
Reply to  PFA
29 days ago

Yes I think so. I believe no one has ever gone sub 24 in the second 50.

Last edited 29 days ago by Genevieve Nnaji
Andre
29 days ago

Probably the most relaxed 1:45 i’ve ever seen

Dion
29 days ago

David Popovici 1.45.44 in the 200 prelims
50.84 first 100m – testing the jets..

Last edited 29 days ago by Dion
Fast and Furious
29 days ago

Trololol Milak 1:49
Maybe his coach was telling the truth after all

snailSpace
Reply to  Fast and Furious
29 days ago

Nah, his coach didn’t rest him. His Mare Nostrum 200 fly time is still faster than either the US or the French trials winning time.

Brit swim fan
Reply to  snailSpace
29 days ago

Shows you how impressive DP is swimming as he claims he is not even tapered for this meet but is touching WRs