2024 LC European Championships: Day 2 Prelims Live Recap

2024 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Day 2 Prelims Start List

Day 2 of the 2024 LC European Championships in Belgrade will feature the women’s 50 fly, men’s 100 free, women’s 100 breast, men’s 200 back, mixed 4×100 medley relay, and the men’s 800 free. As a distance event, the heats of the men’s 800 free will be conducted this morning, then the final will take place at tomorrow night’s finals session.

The men’s 800 free features Ukraine’s Mykhailo Romanchuk, who enters as the top seed. The 2-time Olympic medalist is entered with a 7:43.08, making him the top seed this morning by a little over 5 seconds.

The women’s 100 breast has Estonia’s Eneli Jefimova entered as the top seed. The 17-year-old comes in with a seed time of 1:06.18.

Meanwhile, the men’s 100 free will have European Record holder David Popovici in the fold. The former World Record holder in the event, Popovici is the 2nd seed coming into the race, though he’s been nearly a second faster than his seed time.

WOMEN’S 50 BUTTERFLY – HEATS

  • World Record: 24.43 – Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden (2014)
  • European Record: 24.43 – Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden (2014)
  • Championship Record: 24.87 – Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden (2014)

TOP 16 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Sara Junevik (Sweden) – 26.01
  2. Tamara Potocka (Slovakia) – 26.12
  3. Jana Pavalic (Croatia) – 26.25
  4. Anna Ntountounaki (Greece) – 26.28 (TIE)
  5. Julie Jensen (Denmark) – 26.28 (TIE)
  6. Paulina Peda (Poland) – 26.31
  7. Anna Dowgiert (Poland) – 26.32 (TIE)
  8. Roos Vanotterdijk (Belgium) – 26.32 (TIE)
  9. Emilie Beckmann (Denmark) – 26.52 (TIE)
  10. Jessica Felsner (Germany) – 26.52 (TIE)
  11. Elisabeth Ebbesen (Denmark) – 26.61*
  12. Wiktoria Piotrowska (Poland) – 26.66*
  13. Julia Maik (Poland) – 26.67*
  14. Ariel Hayon (Israel) – 26.72
  15. Daryna Nabojcenko (Czech Republic) – 26.75 (TIE)
  16. Mariangela Boitsuk (Estonia) – 26.75 (TIE)
  17. Lora Komoroczy (Hungary) – 26.86
  18. Lillian Slusna (Slovakia) – 26.99
  19. Julia Ullmann (Switzerland) – 27.09

Sweden’s Sara Junevik led the way in prelims of the women’s 50 fly this morning, putting up a solid morning swim of 26.01. The 24-year-old led the field by 0.11 this morning. Slovakia’s Tamara Potocka was right behind Junevik, coming in 2nd with a 26.12.

17-year-old Jana Pavalic swam great this morning, coming in 3rd overall with a 26.25. Her swim this morning marks a new Croatian Record in the event, breaking her own mark of 26.35, which she had set back in March of this year at the Grand Prix Victoria.

MEN’S 100 FREESTYLE – HEATS

  • World Record: 46.80 – Pan Zhanle, China (2024)
  • European Record: 46.86 – David Popovici, Romania (2022)
  • Championship Record: 46.86 – David Popovici, Romania (2022)

TOP 16 QUALIFIERS:

  1. David Popovici (Romania) – 47.90
  2. Andrej Barna (Serbia) – 48.14
  3. Nandor Nemeth (Hungary) – 48.40
  4. Kristof Milak (Hungary) – 48.41
  5. Kamil Sieradzki (Poland) – 48.54
  6. Danas Rapsys (Lithuania) – 48.63
  7. Ralph Daleiden (Luxembourg) – 48.68
  8. Shane Ryan (Ireland) – 48.69
  9. Heiko Gigler (Austria) – 48.71
  10. Peter Varjasi (Germany) – 48.74
  11. Remi Fabiani (Luxembourg) – 48.84
  12. Tomas Navikonis (Lithuania) – 48.91 (TIE)
  13. Mateusz Chowaniec (Poland) – 48.91 (TIE)
  14. Patrick Dinu (Romania) – 48.94
  15. Martin Wrede (Germany) – 48.98 (TIE)
  16. Jere Hribar (Croatia) – 48.98 (TIE)

The men’s 100 free was strong this morning, taking under 49 seconds to make it into tonight’s semifinals. European Record holder David Popovici led the field this morning, swimming a 47.90. That was a solid morning swim for Popovici, who holds the European Record at 46.86 from back in 2022. In true Popovici fashion, who came back with the fastest 2nd 50m split in the field, roaring home in 24.63 after getting out to a 23.27 on the opening 50. Popovici was the only swimmer in the field to split under 25 seconds on the 2nd 50.

Serbia’s Andrej Barna wasn’t far behind Popovici, coming in 2nd overall with a 48.14. Barna tied for the fastest opening 50 split int he field this morning, getting out to a 23.04 on the first 50. The other swimmer to go out in 23.04 was Luxembourg’s Ralph Daleiden, who ended up coming in 7th with a 48.68.

After not having much of a presence at all on the first day of the meet, Luxembourg really showed up in this event, advancing 2 swimmers into the semifinals tonight. In addition to Daleiden, Remi Fabiani came in 11th this morning with a 48.84.

WOMEN’S 100 BREASTSTROKE – HEATS

  • World Record: 1:04.13 – Lilly King, USA (2017)
  • European Record: 1:04.35 – Ruta Meilutyte, Lithuania (2013)
  • Championship Record: 1:05.53 – Yuliya Efimova, Russia (2018)

TOP 16 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Anastasia Gorbenko (Israel) – 1:06.15
  2. Eneli Jefimova (Estonia) – 1:06.67
  3. Lisa Mamie (Switzerland) – 1:07.19
  4. Olivia Klint (Sweden) – 1:07.48
  5. Maria Romanjuk (Estonia) – 1:07.95
  6. Dominika Sztandera (Poland) – 1:08.17
  7. Kristyna Horska (Czech Republic) – 1:08.25
  8. Tina Celik (Slovenia) – 1:08.36
  9. Ana Blazevic (Croatia) – 1:08.76
  10. Leah Schlosshan (Great Britain) – 1:08.92
  11. Clara Rybak-Anderson (Denmark) – 1:09.04
  12. Niamh Coyne (Ireland) – 1:09.06
  13. Ida Hulkko (Finland) – 1:09.07
  14. Emelie Fast (Sweden) – 1:09.11
  15. Ana Rodrigues (Portugal) – 1:09.15
  16. Teya Nikolova (Bulgaria) – 1:09.22

Israel’s Anastasia Gorbenko clocked the top time of the morning in the women’s 100 breast, swimming a 1:06.15. With the performance, Gorbenko shattered her own Israeli Record of 1:06.69, which she had set back in May of 2022 at the Mare Nostrum stop in Barcelona. She put together a great race this morning, splitting 31.09 on the first 50m, then came home in 35.06.

17-year-old Eneli Jefimova came in 2nd this morning with a 1:06.67, touching as the only other swimmer in the field under 1:07 this morning. Estonia had a great showing in this event, as Maria Romanjuk came in 5th with a 1:07.95, giving Estonia 2 swimmers in the top 5.

Finland’s Ida Hulkko came in 13th this morning with a 1:09.07. Hulkko is Finland’s national record holder, having been as fast as 1:06.19 in her career.

MEN’S 200 BACKSTROKE – HEATS

  • World Record: 1:51.92 – Aaron Peirsol, USA (2009)
  • European Record: 1:53.23 – Evgeny Rylov, Russia (2021)
  • Championship Record: 1:53.36 – Evgeny Rylov, Russia (2018)

TOP 16 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Roman Mityukov (Switzerland) – 1:57.19
  2. David Gerchik (Israel) – 1:57.48
  3. Oleksandr Zheltiakov (Ukraine) – 1:58.39
  4. Ksawery Masiuk (Poland) – 1:58.47
  5. Apostolos Siskos (Greece) – 1:58.50
  6. Benedek Kovacs (Hungary) – 1:58.79
  7. Adam Telegdy (Hungary) – 1:58.80
  8. John Shortt (Ireland) – 1:59.15
  9. Inbar Danziger (Israel) – 1:59.84
  10. Cornelius Jahn (Germany) – 2:00.02
  11. Primoz Senica (Slovenia) – 2:00.35
  12. Kaloyan Levterov (Bulgaria) – 2:00.48
  13. Jack Skerry (Great Britain) – 2:00.68
  14. Radoslaw Kawecki (Poland) – 2:00.71
  15. Flavio Bucca (Switzerland) – 2:01.38
  16. Christian Diener (Germany) – 2:01.63

Switzerland’s Roman Mityukov clocked a 1:57.19 to earn the top seed in tonight’s semifinals. He was out fast this morning, splitting 56.77 on the opening 100m, then held on to come home in 1:00.42.

Israel’s David Gerchik had a huge swim, hitting the Olympic qualifying time after narrowly missing it a few weeks ago.

Ukraine’s Oleksandr Zheltiakov came in 3rd this morning with a 1:58.39. Zheltiakov swam a very balanced race, splitting 58.13 on the opening 100, then coming home in 1:00.26.

MIXED 4×100 MEDLEY RELAY – HEATS

  • World Record: 3:37.58 – Great Britain (2021)
  • European Record: 3:37.58 – Great Britain (2021)
  • Championship Record: 3:38.82 – Great Britain (2021)

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Poland – 3:48.90
  2. Greece – 3:49.24
  3. Germany – 3:50.15
  4. Israel – 3:50.56
  5. Hungary – 3:50.95
  6. Denmark – 3:52.27
  7. Sweden – 3:52.54
  8. Ireland – 3:56.11

Only 8 countries ended up competing in the mixed 4×100 medley relay this morning, meaning all 8 teams advanced to the final tonight. Poland led the way this morning, seeing Kacper Stokowski (54.02), Jan Kalusowski (1:00.43), Paulina Peda (58.66), and Zuzanna Famulok (55.79) team up to clock a 3:48.90.

Greece got out to a great start thanks to Evangelos Makrygiannis’ 53.54 split on the backstroke leg, which was the fastest in the field. They ended up finishing 2nd in 3:49.24.

MEN’S 800 FREESTYLE – HEATS

  • World Record: 7:32.12 – Zhang Lin, China (2009)
  • European Record: 7:39.19 – Daniel Wiffen, Ireland (2023)
  • Championship Record: 7:40.86 – Gregorio Paltrinieri, Italy (2022)

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Mykhailo Romanchuk (Ukraine) – 7:48.22
  2. Zalan Sarkany (Hungary) – 7:50.36
  3. Dimitrios Markos (Greece) – 7:50.38
  4. Krzysztof Chmielewski (Poland) – 7:50.51
  5. Kuzey Tuncelli (Turkey) – 7:53.92
  6. Nathan Wiffen (Ireland) – 7:54.60
  7. Muhammed Ozden (Turkey) – 7:55.56
  8. Henrik Christiansen (Norway) – 7:55.62

Mykhailo Romachuk led the field in the men’s 800 free this morning, swimking a 7:48.22 to touch as the only swimmer in the field under 7:50. Romachuk is a very decorated Olympian, World Champion, and European Champion in the distance events, and he’s set himself up well to add another European Championships gold medal to his name.

Hungary’s Zalan Sarkany was 2nd this morning, swimming a 7:50.36. Dimitrios Markos and Krzysztof Chmielewski were both 7:50 as well.

 

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Oceanian
1 month ago

Better results today but still an underwhelming meet this year.

Swammer
Reply to  Oceanian
1 month ago

France, GB and Italy which are probably three of the four leading European nations are not participating, so it makes sense that the meet is underwhelming in an Olympic year

RealCrocker5040
1 month ago

Ok I’m excited to see Manaudou’s 50 after this

EXCALIBUR
1 month ago

French Trials this morning had the 100 free as well : 47.90 for Manaudou ( his best time at 33 !! ) and Grousset
went 47.65 ! The 100 free is getting hot , hot , hot just before The Americans sprinters dip into the pool later on .

RealCrocker5040
1 month ago

Good swim by Popovici nice to see him back in the 47’s

RealCrocker5040
1 month ago

The 33 year old Florent Manaudou just went a 47.90 in the 100 freestyle and set a new PB

He is 33

What can he do in the 50 after that?

oxyswim
1 month ago

Popovici dropping a 47 in prelims, we’re so back

Adrian
1 month ago

Grousset 47.65 100 free in French trials prelims

TONY
Reply to  Adrian
1 month ago

Manoudou 47.90 PB

Swammer Chat
Reply to  Adrian
1 month ago

New PB for Manaudou with 47.90, French Medley relay team will shine at home game.

Notanyswimmer
Reply to  Swammer Chat
1 month ago

Does that make Manaudou the second oldest swimmer to go sub-48, after Brent Hayden in 2021? In any case France now has a massive chance at the medley relay. Mixed medley relay has also been looking good since yesterday.

PFA
Reply to  Notanyswimmer
1 month ago

I think Lezak was 47.7 in 09 at 33

Genevieve Nnaji
Reply to  Swammer Chat
1 month ago

French is now a strong favorite for m4x100 bronze.

I still believe gold will be fought by USA and China.

Thorpe>Phelps>Steelers>Biedermann
Reply to  Genevieve Nnaji
1 month ago

The UK or Australia can’t put together a relay?

oxyswim
Reply to  Genevieve Nnaji
1 month ago

China is the favorite with where Fink is at.

swimmerfromjapananduk
Reply to  Genevieve Nnaji
1 month ago

GB is still up there with Morgan, Peaty, Guy and Richards

SwimStats
Reply to  swimmerfromjapananduk
1 month ago

Yep, as long as Morgan doesn’t let Murphy and Xu get too far ahead of him, the rest can do something.

Brit swim fan
Reply to  Genevieve Nnaji
1 month ago

Gold and silver seems set to be between USA and China. I can’t see France beating GB to bronze to be honest, unless Jimmy Guys fly form has fallen off a cliff which it appeared to in trials. On paper, GB have faster legs in 3 of the 4 strokes compared to France and in Peaty someone who can probably put a second or even a second and a half into France on the breast.

hanqihao
1 month ago

The Chinese swimming team announced the list of 18 women and 13 men for the Paris Olympic Games
https://www.swimming.org.cn/xhgg/2024/0618/605756.html

Swammer Chat
Reply to  hanqihao
1 month ago

RIP Sun Yang.

Andy
Reply to  hanqihao
1 month ago

Are they PED proof?

Troyy
Reply to  hanqihao
1 month ago

Link won’t load. Geoblocked?

nuotofan
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

It works for me
Atlete (18):
Zhang Yufei, Ye Shiwen, Li Bingjie, Yang Junxuan, Tang Qianting, Yu Yiting, Peng Xuwei, Wu Qingfeng, Liu Yaxin, Yang Chang, Wan Letian, Wang Xueer, Gao Weizhong, Chen Luying, Tang Muhan, Cheng Yujie, Ge Chutong, Kong Yaqi
Atleti di sesso maschile (13):
Wang Shun, Xu Jiayu, Qin Haiyang, Pan Zhanle, Dong Zhihao, Ji Xinjie, Wang Haoyu, Zhang Zhanshuo, Wang Changhao, Sun Jiajun, Fei Liwei, Chen Juner, Niu Guangsheng

Genevieve Nnaji
Reply to  nuotofan
1 month ago

A strong team. Contender for gold in several events.

hanqihao
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

Try a China VPN?