2021 LEN EUROPEAN AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Swimming: Monday, May 17th – Sunday, May 23rd, 2021
- Budapest, Hungary
- Prelims at 10:00 am local/Finals at 6:00 pm local
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Israeli 17-year old Anastasia Gorbenko has broken the Israeli Record in the 100 meter backstroke, marking the 3rd individual event in which she’s cleared a National Record this week in Budapest.
Gorbeko swam 59.96 to make her the first-ever Israeli woman under 1 minute in the event. That swim broke her own record of 1:00.58 set at the 2019 FINA World Junior Championships in this same pool in Budapest.
The swim qualified her through to Thursday evening’s semifinals in 5th place behind top seeded Kathleen Dawson of Great Britain, who posted a 59.32 in prelims.
|New Record (2021)||
Old Record (2019)
Gorbenko closed half-a-second faster than she ever has before to break the record.
This is not an event where Gorbenko has focused much energy in long course – she hasn’t swum the race since November 2019. That makes it a bit of a surprise that she’s racing the event here at the European Championships, but it aligns with preparations for the IM events where she has her best chance at an Olympic final this summer.
Gorbenko now holds individual Israeli Record in 8 long course events and 7 short course events. The long course list includes the 50 and 100 breaststroke, both of which were broken already this week: she set the 100 breaststroke record in the semifinals on Tuesday in 1:06.74, and her first 50 meter split in that race of 31.33 was also the Israeli Record in that event.
She has been personal bests in long course in the 50 free, 100 free, 100 back, 100 breast, and 200 breast in the last 9 months. That gives high hopes to clear her best 200 IM time of 2:11.92, done at the 2019 World Championships, later this week. That event kicks off with preliminary rounds on Friday morning.