2016 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 2
- Monday, May 16th – Sunday, May 22nd
- Prelims: 10:00 AM (London Time) / 5:00 AM (Eastern Time)
- Finals: 6:00 PM (London Time) / 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
- London Aquatics Center, London, UK
- Meet Central
- Psych Sheet
- Live Results
- Live Stream
Greece’s Andreas Vazaios has lopped off about a half second from his own 200 IM national record of 1:58.92 with a 1:58.47 to win the first semifinal heat at the 2016 European Championships. His old record was done in the 200 IM prelims of the Kazan World Championships last summer.
- Vazaios, Kazan, 2015: 25.63 – 29.98 – 34.51 – 28.80 | 1:58.92
- Vazaios, London, 2016: 25.58 – 29.49 – 34.24 – 29.16 | 1:58.47
The difference came on the front end for Vazaios, who was powered by a strong backstroke leg primarily.
Vazaios’s 1:58.47 seeds him in lane 4, the top lane, for the 200 IM final tomorrow night. He has only one other competitor that was under 2:00 in the semis, and that was Portugal’s Alexis Manacas Santos with a 1:59.93 to win the 2nd semifinal.
The 22-year-old Vazaios will start his NCAA career at NC State this fall after transferring out from a Greek university. The Wolfpack will surely benefit from this addition, as Vazaios’ 1:58.47 converts to a 1:43.84 short course yards. He contested the 50 fly prelims though did not swim it in semifinals, and will race the 100 fly later in the meet.